Released September 7th, 2020
Special Thanks To:
Videographer/Editor: Zachary Egan
Director: Kaleigh Nitz
Pianist: John Kite
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
The Crawford Hill Mansion
Shelby's book The Queen of Denver: Louise Sneed Hill and the Emergence of Modern High Society is now available at most authorized retailers!
Copies are also available through the author. To purchase a copy, please email email@example.com
Shelby works as the Membership Coordinator for Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. and is an American History PhD student and Teaching Assistant at Temple University. She graduated from the University of Colorado with her Master of Arts in American history with a minor in public history and a certificate in historic preservation with high distinction. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in history from the same institution. She also earned a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University and a certificate in antiques, collectibles, and appraising from Asheford Institute of Antiques. Prior to joining the Sons staff in 2021, Shelby worked as an intern for History Colorado in their school programs, communications and marketing, and archival departments. She also interned writing speeches for former Colorado Governor Hickenlooper at the Colorado State Capitol, assisted in various museum operations at the Byers-Evans House Museum, researched historic homes for Discover Denver, freelanced writing articles for the Colorado Encyclopedia and Oldwest.org, and worked for the University of Colorado as a teaching assistant, research assistant, and served as the head editor of the University of Colorado’s Historical Studies Journal. Shelby’s first book, The Queen of Denver, was published in 2020. She is the leading historian on Louise Sneed Hill and has given lectures on her research to numerous groups including: DAR, CDA 17th Century, Questers, Colorado Corral of Westerners, Center for Colorado Women’s History, University of Colorado at Boulder Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference , and Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Saving Places Conference. In October 2020, she was immensely honored to serve as the keynote speaker for The Colonial Dames of America Fall Benefit.
Her current research focuses on terminology and isolating the female identity in high society Gilded Age America.
Shelby is also a professional dancer and has performed all over the world including the U.K., Brazil, Japan, India, China, and Mexico. She's volunteered at the Children's Hospital as a "princess" entertainer as well as performed in local benefits for non-profit organizations in Colorado. Currently, Shelby is a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader.
Shelby is dedicated to the preservation of historic structures and her family heritage. Currently, she works for Discover Denver researching historic homes throughout the Mile High City. She has also done personal research on the Colorado State Capitol Preservation as well as her family's prior business, A. Carr & Son Funeral Home of Kingston, NY - established 1889.
Do you have questions about your historic home? Shelby would be more than happy to conduct research and find the answers you're looking for!
Shelby is passionate about ancestry and heritage. She is a member of multiple lineage societies including:
Baronial Order of Magna Charta
Order of the Crown of Charlemagne
Order of the Merovingian Dynasty
The Colonial Dames of America
The Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva
The Society of the Descendants of Knights Templar
The Society of the Descendants of Charlemagne
Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
The National Guild of St. Margaret of Scotland
Order of the First Families of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Order of Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens
Descendants of Founders of New Jersey
The Society of the Descendants of the Founding Fathers of New England
Daughters of the American Revolution
The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
Presidential Families of America
As a certified genealogist, Shelby would love to aide you in your search for your ancestors and preparation of lineage forms for genealogical societies!