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.

Franklin, Walter B. (Pete) – OH0586
Interview Date: 1992

People: Pete Franklin, Frank Boggess, Charles Eagle Plume, Mary Ellen Price, Walter B. Franklin Sr.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: University Hill School — Chautauqua in the 1930s — University of Colorado in 1946:¬† Gamble Football Field, Franklin Field — … Continue reading

Gerstle, Kurt – OH0608
Interview Date: 1992

People: Paul Danish, Oakleigh Thorne, Al Bartlett, Ruth Wright, Quigg Newton, Minnie May Cunningham, Bob McKelvey, Max Peters, Dean Dyde of CU.   Places: Chautauqua, Enchanted Mesa, Mesa Trail.   Topics: work as professor of engineering at CU, exemplary ethics … Continue reading

Grieder, Florence Margaret Peck – OH0667
Interview Date: 1994

People: Amy Stearns, Robert Stearns   Places: Boulder   Subjects: downtown in the 1940s, Highland School, PTA, Newcomers’ Club, University Women’s Club dance group, Town and Gown, Tripps Market, Pearl Street, World War II, School Board activities 1949-1962, Highland School, … Continue reading

Hall, Hazel S. – OH0628
Interview Date: 1993

People: Hazel S. Hall, James Shawver (brother)   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Summer visit in 1925, anecdotes of Chautauqua and summer school at C.U., Arapaho Glacier hike, picnic by Boulder Creek.  

Hess, John S. – OH1201
Interview Date: 2004

People: Minnie Babson, Valerie Hess (spouse), Maggie and Lydia Hess (daughters), Baker Duncan, Bertel Howells   Places: Boulder, Chautauqua   Topics: Chautauqua cottages, plants and animals in Chautauqua, ski rope tow in Chautauqua, Civilian Conservation Corps, historic preservation, Chautauqua cultural … Continue reading

Lackey, Georgia Mae – OH0619
Interview Date: 1992

People: Hugh McMillan.   Places: Longmont,¬†Boulder.   Subjects: boarding house for University of Colorado students, University Hill, Mount St. Gertrude, Chautauqua, Hygienic pool, music in schools, high school life – sports, band, parties, dances, piano, CU, servicemen at CU during … Continue reading

McKenna, M. Kay Hickman – OH0365
Interview Date: 1987

People: M. Kay Hickman McKenna, Mann sisters, Jean Ruth Hay, Henry Carl Hickman.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Schools: Mapleton, Casey, State Preparatory. Dancing lessons from Mann sisters. Chautauqua, father was manager. Jean Ruth Hay, Kay’s best friend, was first … Continue reading

Norman, Frances Noxon – OH0491
Interview Date: 1990

People: Frances Noxon Norman, Billy Sunday.   Places: Idaho Springs, Boulder.   Subjects: Aurora and 7th Streets (907 7th); social activities, Boulder County Miner and Farmer Newspaper; Chautauqua; 1910; father interested in civil rights; Macky Auditorium organ.  

Paddock, Laurence T. “Laurie” – OH0671
Interview Date: 1994

  People: Fire Chief Johnson, Martin Parsons, Miles Ennis (Public Road project), John Valentine Sr., Ira DeLong, Allen J. Lefferdink Places: Boulder, Nederland, Tungsten (town) Subjects: Boulder Creek bridges, construction of Boulder Canyon road, Barker Dam, Hurricane Hill, tungsten, Caribou, … Continue reading

Parsons, King K. – OH0391
Interview Date: 1988

Supplemental material available in OH file. Chautauqua: Circle K Ranch, Chautauqua residents, University of Colorado students, moving cottages, Community House, circus, fires, Chautauqua Board, Dining Hall, ice man, WPA (Works Progress Administration). There is also a video recording of this … Continue reading

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