Weekend of events planned for Leadville Irish Miners’ Memorial unveiling

A memorial honoring the more than 1,300 immigrants buried in the Catholic Pauper section of Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery is set to be unveiled on Saturday morning, Sept. 16, and several additional events have been planned to mark the occasion and honor the city’s history.

A free Leadville driving tour with local experts on geology and history will meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Delaware Hotel (700 Harrison Ave.). Following that, an opening reception for an exhibit focusing on history of Leadville’s Irish population will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin, 912 Harrison Ave.

The official unveiling of the Leadville Irish Miners’ Memorial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the end of James Street in Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery. Later that day, a St. Patrick’s Day practice parade will march down Harrison Avenue at 3 p.m. Later that evening, a Leadville-style Irish revue, “From Cork to Colorado,” will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Tabor Opera House, 308 Harrison Ave. Tickets for the revue cost $25 and can be purchased at The Tabor is also offering an open house with self-guided tours for ticket holders from 5-7 p.m.

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