When: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. Continues through Dec. 18 2012
About 150 years ago, William Jackson Palmer was sitting captive by Confederate forces, having been caught scouting for Gen. George McClellan following the Battle of Antietam. He was sent to Castle Thunder, a famously brutal prison. But Palmer was soon freed in a prisoner exchange, and the rest is Colorado Territory history. For more details on Palmer's Civil War life, attend today's 11:30 Lunch & A Look at the Garden lecture at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St., gardenofgods.com). It'll be led by Dave Wallace, who will be in period costume. The lecture is free, but lunch is up to you; RSVP to 219-0108. — Edie Adelstein
Price: Free, lunch at participants' expense.