Collection: Chautauqua

Boulder’s Chautauqua was organized in 1899 and is one of only a handful of Chautauquas that still operate year-round. This collection includes interviews about the history of the Boulder Chautauqua, cultural activities that are part of it, and the Chautauqua cottages.

Anuta, Barbara – OH1519
Interview Date: 2008

Topics: Belle Bonfils Blood Bank, Elections Department in the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, League of Women Voters, Pacesetters Award in 1996 for Community Service, re-organization of the Chautauqua Board of Directors in the mid-1970s, work at Boulder Community Hospital … Continue reading

Baker, Lucia Fisher – OH1299
Interview Date: 2005

People: Aileen Fisher   Places: Boulder, Sunshine Canyon   Subjects: Boulder in the 1950s (Chautauqua neighborhood, The Hill neighborhood, restaurants, busninesses, transportation), Aileen Fisher (her home in Sunshine Canyon, lack of running water, why she chose to move to Boulder, … Continue reading

Carpenter, M. Helen – OH0327
Interview Date: 1986

Supplemental material available in OH file. air raid warden; return of GI’s to CU; Sewall and Farrand Halls; Denver Turnpike; M & M Ranch; Gold Hill; 86 years old; Chautauqua; movies, “Bird Man”; restoration; CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps); restaurant; CMF; … Continue reading

Casten, Lou – OH0286
Interview Date: 1985

Lou Casten recounts the history of Chautauqua.    

Caughey, Judith Stearns – OH0864
Interview Date: 1996

People: Amy and Robert Stearns, Byron “Whizzer” White, Governor Pitkin, George Norlin, Jacob Van Eck, Eve Drewelowe, Muriel Sibell Wolle, Kenneth Wilson Caughey, Waldo Brockway   Places: Boulder, Aspen   Events: CU, President Robert Stearns’ daughter, Koenig (the president’s house), … Continue reading

Chautauqua group – OH0785
Interview Date: 1995

People: Chautauqua renters and cottage owners   Places: Boulder   Topics: anecdotes about Chautauqua.    

Chronic, Betty – OH0607
Interview Date: 1992

People: Betty Chronic, William Gamble, Ted Lashley, Ernie Eaton, Doug Robinson, Kathleen Paddock, Woody Hewitt, Harlen Persons, John Mackey, Marguerite Sherman, John Love, Gene Tool, Jack London, Freda MacIntosh, Naomi Stoffel, Stan Johnson, Joe Dolen, Linton C. Austin.   Places: … Continue reading

Connelly, Susan G. – OH1657
Interview Date: 2010

Chautauqua has been a Boulder institution since 1898, when the auditorium and dining hall (still in use) were built, a tent city sprang up, and the first educational summer programs were held for Texas teachers and local residents. One of … Continue reading

Demmon, Irvin – OH0404
Interview Date: 1988

People: Irvin Demmon.   Places: Boulder, Salina, Gold Hill.   Topics: Born in Salina; Whittier School, University of Colorado; sledding, fishing, ice skating, circus, CU Buffs, Hygienic swimming pool, projectionist at Chautauqua, Magnolia School; schools: University Hill, Casey, Washington, Central, … Continue reading

Forsyth, George P. – OH0801
Interview Date: 1996

People: George P. Forsyth, Josie Heath, Franny Reich, Tim Walters.   Places: Boulder, Gold Hill.   Subjects: Boulder: operating a dairy from 1918-1941 — duties of the County Treasurer — the Depression — St. Thomas Catholic Church – – Denver-Boulder … Continue reading

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