Go Back in Time to The Early Days of Colorado Springs During This Insightful Exhibit

Ever wondered what it would have been like to help settle your city? It may be hard to believe now, but there was once a time when Colorado Springs was in its infancy after being settled by General William Jackson Palmer. Now, take a rare glimpse into the life of one of his daughters, Elsie Palmer, at P.S. I Love You: A Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer. See it at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center this Sunday, April 7th!

From 1887-1890, railroad tycoon and founder of Colorado Springs, General William Jackson Palmer’s wife and daughters, Mary Lincoln Mellon ‘Queen’ Palmer and Marjory, Elsie, and Dorothy, were residents of Ightham Mote, a moated English manor house built around 1320. An engaging hostess, ‘Queen’ welcomed some of the most highly regarded figures of the day to the manor, including artist John Singer Sargent, actress Ellen Terry, and author Henry James, making it an intellectual hub for the elite of the Aesthetic Movement.

Late in the Palmer’s tenure at the manor, Sargent painted the stunning portrait of a then 17-year-old Elsie (A Lady in White), one of the most celebrated objects in the Fine Arts Center Collection and one that has been on loan to the National Trust/Ightham Mote since early 2017. To fete the return of the beloved Miss Elsie Palmer, the Fine Arts Center has organized an exhibition that represents Elsie’s domestic life and surroundings both in Colorado Springs and in England. From letters and photographs to furniture, paintings, and antique ephemera, we can capture a rare glimpse of what life may have been like for the Palmer family during the late-19th and early 20th centuries.

Miss Elsie Palmer at Home and Abroad is made possible thanks to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s generous collaborators: The National Trust/Ightham Mote, The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and The Navigators/Glen Eyrie.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see this exhibit before it closes to the public! Admission to see P.S. I Love You: A Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer is $10 to adults, $5 for military and seniors, and free to students and teachers. For more information, visit

At Avalon Valley Apartments in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we believe it’s important to integrate yourself into the community, which is why we suggest attending this event. Meeting new people, having unfamiliar experiences, and joining neighborhood activities is the key to an exceptional lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Sunday, April 7, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

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