The late Sam Arnold, founder of The Fort Restaurant, established the Tesoro Cultural Center in 1999 to preserve the legacy of frontier Colorado. The Fort presents its annual Historic Lecture Series featuring noteworthy authors, historians and academics who explore and bring to life the early West. the Sunday afternoon programs that take place at the Denver Public Library (Main Branch, 5th Floor Gates Room) from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. are FREE. The schedule of lecturers and their books: October 25, Dr. Elizabeth A. Fenn. Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People. ♦ January 24, Oscate Wikasa, The American Indians Who Performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows. ♦ March 6, Dr. Tom Noel, Colorado: A Historical Atlas. ♦ March 20, Dr. Jim Hanson, When Skins Were Money: A History of the Fur Trade. ♦ April 24. Yale doctoral student Alice Baumgartner on “South to Freedom: The Underground Railroad to Mexico.” Evening lectures take place at the landmark restaurant and do include a fine meal inspired by the cuisine of the Old West at the cost of $68 for non-members ($60 for Tesoro members). You won’t get the eats at the library, but you do get the fascinating history of the frontier West.