Tom Noel, aka Dr. Colorado, knows that this town is full of ghosts. As director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver, hes well acquainted with Denvers ghastliest tales. In Capitol Hill, if you dig deep enough, theres always some tragedy, Noel says. We have some incredibly macabre stories, and the truth is often more bizarre than any horror story you might make up.
Noel will be raising the dead at 5:30 p.m. today with Capitol Hill Horror Stories at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, a historic home at 770 Pennsyslvania Street thats purportedly haunted by the ghost of Albert E. Humphreys. This is where Mr. Humphreys, the second owner of the mansion, accidentally blows his brains off after hes involved with the Teapot Dome scandal, one of the greatest corruption scandals of the twentieth century, Noel explains. So well have his ghost on hand to fill in some of the blanks.
Other apparitions (played by local historians and UCD history students) will include Denver Post owner Helen Bonfils and her sister May reenacting the family feud thats left them restless in the afterlife; Mary Elitch discussing the strange happenings with her two husbands in the early days of Elitch Gardens, Augusta Tabor presenting her perspective on hubby Horaces sex scandal with Elizabeth Baby Doe McCourt, and Jack the Strangler Market Street murder victims Kiku Oyama, Lena Tapper and Marie Contasoit, among others.
Tickets are $45 for History Colorado members, $55 non-members; for reservations, call 303-866-4686.
Mon., Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., 2010