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Shows on Frieda & D. H. Lawrence, as well as Mabel Dodge Luhan, John Collier Sr. & other friends
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The Friends of D.H. Lawrence is a not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to preserving and fostering the rich heritage of creativity left by D.H. and Frieda Lawrence, including the preservation and renovation of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch north of Taos. The Lawrence Ranch & its history is also described on this University of New Mexico site, who own & operate the ranch & shrine. Below is a Ranch timeline by Dr. Miller

Dr. Katherine Toy Miller
Native American Connections: The Early Moderns, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos Pueblo, and the D. H. Lawrence Ranch.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Taos Library and the the Friends of D H Lawrence. June 16, 2012
Dr. Miller Intro 2:22
Dr. Miller 2012 talk 46:22
Q & A & Ranch talks to follow
Recorded & edited by Spence Stall
Dr. Katherine Toy Miller
Spiritual Connections: Georgia O'Keeffe and D. H. Lawrence.
Sponsored by the Friends of D H Lawrence. June 11, 2011
Dr. Miller Intro 1:52
Dr. Miller 2011 talk 1:00:52
Q & A & Ranch talks to follow
Recorded by Robin Collier & edited by Spence Stall
The D H Lawrence Ranch

Dr. Katherine Toy Miller speaks at the Taos Public Library on June 19, 2010 on Frieda & D H Lawrence at the ranch. Presented by the Friends of D H Lawrence

Dr. Miller talk 1:06:09
Q & A & Bill Haller remarks 6:47
This was followed by a tour of the ranch with presentations on site

Bill Haller intro-history 11:44
Roberta Meyers: the 3 Women 30:03
Dr. Miller: O'Keeffe poem 9:16

Recording by Robin Collier. Editing & Normalization by Harvey Soloman

Frieda & D. H. Lawrence & the Free Love Movement
by Dr. Katherine Toy Miller. The influence of Frieda & German Counter-Cultural on D. H. Lawrence and his life & writing. Presented by the Friends of D. H. Lawrence at the Taos Public Library on Oct 10, 2009

Intro by the Friends of D H Lawrence 3:58
Dr. Miller's talk 59:24
Dr. Miller's Q & A 9:09

Friends of D. H. Lawrence
A festival of New Mexico Writers
Apr 9, 2009 featuring John Nichols's critical parody. Broadcast selection opening with Dr. Katherine Toy Miller, Roberta Meyers & Ralph Meyers II, ending with John Nichols
Festival selection as broadcast on KLDK LP 29:00
Complete Reading Unedited 1:47:23

Recording by Robin Collier. Editing & Normalization by Harvey Soloman
Readings seperated by reader

Sam Richardson opening 1:42
Bill Haller - President FDHL 3:55
Haller - DHL Letter 0:52
Dr. Kathy Toy Miller - Frieda Lawrence 7:10
Roberta Meyers - DHL The Mountain Lion 5:00
Ned Dougherty - Leslie Marmon Silko 5:40
Stephen Sure - DHL Poem 2:08
Juan Concha - Peter Rabbit 8:04
Bob Arellano - The Princess 10:30

Robin Powlesland - Willa Cather 5:27
Nita Murphy - Tennesse Williams 8:30
Nancy Herrick - DHL Lady Chatterley's Lover 7:11
David Pérez - Jimmy Santiago Baca 7:47
Ralph Meyers II - Frank Waters 3:28
Anne MacNaughton - Haniel Long 7:38
Elle Behrstock - Rudolfo Anaya 7:59

Dr. Kathrine Toy Miller speaking at the the Taos Public Library on Oct 10, 2009.

D. H. Lawrence Anniversary
Interview of Art Bachrach by Mike Tilley August 2005

Jenny Vincent
Musician & Folklorist Jenny Vincent remembers her Lawerence trek in Germany & England in the 1930s and being invited to Taos by Frieda Lawrence. Interview Dec 31 2006 by Robin Collier

Mabel Dodge Lujan, John Collier Sr. & other friends of Frieda & Lawrence
Theresa Pasqual
Pueblo Land, Cultural Resources and the US Government: A Century of Change
Director of Acoma Pueblo's Historic Preservation Office. Speaking at SMU in Taos
July 30 2013
Intro by Mark Adler 2:27
Theresa Pasqual 1:01:52
Q & A 24:33
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall

Historia de Taos Bob Romero
20th Century Taos: from Mabel Dodge Lujan to the Communes of the 60's

John Collier, Mabel Dodge Lujan and the Bursum Bill
Dr. Flannery Burke speaking at SMU in Taos on July 14, 2009 about her book on the fight by John Collier Sr. and Mabel Dodge Lujan to defeat the Bursum Bill in the 1920's, a story of Bohemian politics. Their campaign is contrasted with Hispanic politician Adelina "Nina" Otero-Warren's successful efforts to forge a compromise land bill after the defeat of the Bursum Bill.

Memories of Taos Pueblo Deer Dance in the 1920s
John Collier Jr.'s memories read by Robin Collier

Sabotage of John Collier's programs on the Navajo
Bruce Gjeltema Ph.D. speaks on Navajo Councilman Jacob Morgan's and NM Senator Dennis Chavez's successful joint efforts to sabotage the Commissioner of Indian Affair's programs on the Navajo during the 1930's. Presented at UNM for the New Mexico State Archive on Nov. 13, 2009

A Outline of the History of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch
by Dr. Katherine Toy Miller
The 160-acre ranch is located twenty miles north of Taos, New Mexico, off Highway 522 near San Cristobal at 8,600 feet. An ancient Kiowa Indian trail, still used to travel from Taos Pueblo to the red clay pits in Questa by the Taos Pueblo natives, crosses vertically through the property.

October 1883 First homesteaded under the Homestead Act of 1862 by John and Louise Craig. Around 1891 John built the cabin where the Lawrences later stayed known as “The Homesteader’s Cabin.”

1893 The Craigs sold the property to William and Mary McClure who raised five hundred white Angora goats.

May 1920 Mabel Dodge Sterne (later Luhan), a wealthy Bohemian patroness (1879-1962) who moved to Taos from New York in 1918, purchased the ranch for $1,200 for her son, John Evans, as a hunting retreat. He called it “The Flying Heart.”

November 5,1921 The Lawrences were living in Taormina, Sicily, when David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930) received a letter from Mabel inviting him and his wife, Frieda Lawrence née von Richthofen (1879-1956), to stay with her in Taos.

September 11, 1922 Lawrence and Frieda arrived in Taos to stay with Mabel.

October 25, 1922 The Lawrences, unhappy being dependent on Mabel, discovered they might occupy John’s ranch. They visited several times and stayed in one cabin with two new acquaintances, recent Danish arrivals to Taos, Knud Merrild and Kai Götzsche. Mabel refused to let the Danes have a cabin to stay with the Lawrences.

December 1, 1922 The Lawrences rented a cabin for themselves and one for the Danes from the Hawks on the Del Monte Ranch two miles below John’s ranch.

March 19, 1923 The Lawrences departed to Mexico and Europe.

March 22, 1924 The Lawrences, along with Lady Dorothy Brett, a painter, daughter of Viscount Esher and part of the Bloomsbury set, arrived, staying temporarily with Mabel. Wanting the Lawrences to remain in the area, Mabel bought back the ranch from John for a buffalo coat and a small sum of money and offered the Lawrences the ranch. Lawrence allowed Frieda to accept it.

April 4, 1924 Lawrence wrote that Mabel had legally made the ranch over to Frieda. Frieda gave Mabel Lawrence’s handwritten copy of Sons and Lovers. Mabel was offended by the spirit of the exchange and two years later gave the manuscript to her therapist in New York, A. A. Brill, for helping a friend.

May 5, 1924 The Lawrences occupied the small three-room cabin, The Homesteader Cabin, and Brett occupied a tiny one-room cabin, Brett’s Cabin. There was also a two-room guest cabin. They worked all summer making repairs and improvements to the property. Lawrence first called it “Lobo Ranch” because it is on Lobo Mountain (“Lobo” is Spanish for “wolf”) then “Kiowa Ranch” for the Kiowa Indian trail.

October 19, 1924 The Lawrences and Brett departed for Mexico.

January 1925 Brett returned to the Hawk ranch. She remained for the rest of her life in Taos where she died in 1977 at age 94.

March 29, 1925 The Lawrences returned to Kiowa Ranch where Lawrence recovered from a near-fatal combination of tuberculosis, malaria, and typhoid.  

September 11, 1925 The Lawrences left the ranch and went to England and Europe. Due to his poor health, Lawrence never returned. Brett remained behind and helped manage the ranch which she attempted to buy.

Spring 1929 The Lawrences considered selling the ranch but decided not to.

Summer 1929 Georgia O’Keeffe, while staying with Mabel, stayed at the ranch for several weeks and painted the Lawrence tree. She never met Lawrence but later visited Frieda at the ranch.

March 2, 1930 Lawrence died from tuberculosis in Vence, France, where he was buried. Frieda wanted him eventually to be buried at the ranch.

May-November 16, 1931 Frieda and her married Italian lover, Captain Angelo Ravagli, lived at the ranch. They returned to Europe while Frieda settled Lawrence’s contested estate. The will he wrote was lost.

May 1933 Frieda and Ravagli returned to the ranch where they began building a new home on May 30 on the site of the two-room guest cabin which was torn down.

Summer 1934 Lawrence’s grave was reported to be in a decrepit state. Plans were made to have his body exhumed and cremated. Ravagli built the memorial chapel.

March-April 1935 Ravagli went to Vence to make the arrangements for Lawrence’s ashes to be brought back. Between Marseille and Villefranche Ravagli dumped the ashes to save complications with customs. He told this story after Frieda’s death. In New York he put ashes in the vase Frieda had ordered for them. The ashes were left behind at Lamy station and then in Taos at the home of Tinka Fechin before being brought to the ranch.

September 15, 1935 A memorial ceremony was held for Lawrence at the ranch. Frieda dumped the ashes into the cement used to make the memorial’s altar so they would not be stolen by Brett or Mabel who wanted to scatter them. Brett had painted one window. Trinidad Archuleta painted the Homesteader’s Cabin buffalo in 1935.

Summer 1937 Aldous and Maria Huxley and Gerald Heard stayed at the ranch with Frieda. Georgia O’Keeffe met them, probably at Ghost Ranch.

Summer 1939 Poet W. H. Auden stayed with Frieda at the ranch.

Fall 1939 Playwright Tennessee Williams visited Taos where he met Brett and Frieda and stayed briefly at the ranch. He returned in 1946.

October 31, 1950 After Ravagli obtained a divorce valid in America not Italy, he and Frieda wed to avoid immigration problems.

December 1955 The University of New Mexico accepted the ranch as a gift from Frieda for educational, cultural, and recreational purposes. Renamed “The D. H. Lawrence Ranch,” the memorial is open year-round to the public at no charge.

August 11, 1956 Frieda died at her winter home in El Prado, New Mexico, just north of Taos. She was buried outside of the Lawrence memorial.

1959 Ravagli returned to his family in Italy.

January 2004 The National Register of Historic Places entered the ranch into the registry. The ranch is also on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties,

A few recommended resources:
The D. H. Lawrence Ranch at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference
The Mabel Dodge Luhan House
at Friends of D. H. Lawrence
D. H. Lawrence in New Mexico by Art Bachrach; Lorenzo in Taos by Mabel Dodge Luhan; A Genius for Living: The Life of Frieda Lawrence by Janet Byrne.

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