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.

Patterson, Jack V. – OH0435
Interview Date: 1989

People: Emma “Bugtown” Birge, Injun Joe.   Places: Boulder.   Topics: fires, Gorham Mine, railroad, Moffat Tunnel; University Training School, Highland School, University Hill School, North Side [Northside] Intermediate School, Boulder High School; power plant, Chautauqua, Halloween, Marine & Aurora … Continue reading

Roeser, Claudia M. – OH0784
Interview Date: 1995

Places: Boulder   Subjects: Chautauqua, Cottage 704, activities, parking, tennis, traditions, lease negotiations with city, trash, programs, hiking, alcohol.  

Rohwer, Helen K. – OH0413
Interview Date: 1988

People: Helen K. Rohwer, William Casey.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: buildings, circus, Chautauqua, post, ice man, sledding, First National Bank, Isis Theater fire, Great Depression, Mesa Vista Sanatorium, Halloween, Methodist Church, Macky Auditorium.  

Rosenberger, Glenn – OH0507
Interview Date: 1990

People: Glenn Rosenberger.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Boulder history since 1927; Boulder schools; flood; Model T; neighborhood; 4th and Marine plane crash (1989); Chautauqua movies; CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camps; printing; Morse Code at the University of Colorado Boulder; Daily Camera; publishing; ham … Continue reading

Rovetta, Mary Bradford – OH0361
Interview Date: 1987

People: Mary Bradford Rovetta.   Places: Boulder.   Topics: Chautauqua: since 1898, family stories, Rocky Mountain Climbers Club, furniture, clothiers, buildings, steakfry, train trip from Texas, Armstrong’s Touring cars, auditorium, Tripp’s groceries.  

Sawhill, George and Charles – OH0336
Interview Date: 1983, 1986

People: George L. Sawhill, Charles Sawhill, Judge Housel.   Places: Boulder, Valmont, Davidson area, Burlington, Gunbarrel Hill.   Subjects: 90 years old; Donnelly house; Jones Hotel and stage stop; Jones and Donnelly irrigation ditch; Valmont School; brick yard; Presbyterian Church; … Continue reading

Scanlon, Elaine Didde – OH0783
Interview Date: 1995

People: Giora Bernstein   Places: Boulder   Topics: Chautauqua, Colorado Music Festival, renovations, summer programs, parking, playground, lease negotiations with city.    

Seymour, Charlotte – OH0284
Interview Date: 1985

Family homesteaded on what is now Arapahoe Village; met Indians; Isabella Bird Bishop; Jim Nugent; anecdotes; flood from broken dam; buildings of Boulder, stores, restaurants, hospitals; water rights; Pow Wow; Interurban; University of Colorado; Chautauqua.  

Shaffer, Ann M. – OH0473
Interview Date: 1989

People: Ann Shaffer, T.A.Foster.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: KBOL – “From Now ‘Til Noon”; fire above Chautauqua; T.A. Foster murder; Boulder Public Library; Women’s organizations; Andrews Nursery; Deavenport Estate; Boulder businesses (Valentines, Reinerts); growth in the 1950s; organizations (Boulder … Continue reading

Shapley, Alan – OH0700
Interview Date: 1994

People: Alan H. Shapley, Giora Bernstain, Chris Brauchli, David Stainton.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Recorded for a Colorado Music Festival Project. Music: Colorado Music Festival–history, philosophy, funding.  

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