The Leitners are artistic people, as one can see from the bust below:
(That's Sting, isn't it? :) )
His Grace Kintyre had provided a letter of introduction on the Steamlander Forums, and describes the interests of the Leitners as:
(Ah, so perhaps the bust is not of Sting. Who knew?)
"- 18th and 19th Century interpretations of Shakepeare. It was during this period that accounts of his life went completely out of control, and he became the legend he is today
- The Shakespeare identity question
- The Fact and Truth about the American frontier and whether anyone even knows the difference any more"
And what good duchy would be complete without some scandal in the family? His Grace described his disgraced younger brother, "Giordano Chrome, [who] will be exploring themes of fact and fiction related to alchemy in the basement of the summer cottage."
Prior to coming to Caledon, the Leitners were (and are) very involved in Deadwood, including the Deadwood libraries. See here for a description of the Deadwood OOC library and its current exhibit on the real-life counterparts to Deadwood characters - including the Leitners.