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.

Spears, Charlotte Russell – OH1996
Interview Date: 9 June, 1995

Charlotte Russell Spears’ family has been coming from Texas to live in Boulder’s Chautauqua neighborhood since its very beginning, when her grandmother stayed in the first Chautauqua tents in 1899. Mrs. Spears describes the various cottages that have been owned … Continue reading

Streamer, Frank – OH0493
Interview Date: 1990

People:Frank Streamer, J. Pudlik, Mrs. E.C. Pickett, Williams Brothers, Martin Parsons, Mrs. Molloy, Mrs. MacLeay, Mary Molloy. Places:Boulder. Subjects:  University Hill; Minnie and Jake; streetcars; Great Depression; neighbors; sports; World War II; auto business; Streamer Drugstore; Folsom and Pearl streets; … Continue reading

Tanner, Mildred – OH0075
Interview Date: 1971

People: Mildred Tanner.   Places: Boulder, Tungsten, Marshall.   Subjects: Influenza epidemic, tuberculosis, 1917 flood, Chautauqua; Tungsten, Denver Interurban.  

Wainwright, Art and Helen – OH0638
Interview Date: 1993

Bird watching, Bear Creek, bird clubs, mushroom collecting, changes in Boulder County since 1960, pipe bomb at Chautauqua.    

Waldrop, Frances T. – OH0458
Interview Date: 1989

People: Em “Bugtown” Birge.   Places: Boulder, Silver Lake, Long’s Peak.   Topics: Pearl Street, Noah’s Ark; Interurban; Wilson’s Hardware; Central Park; Snow Photo Studio; Curran Theater, Nicol millinery shop, Mapleton Hill homes; State Preparatory School, flag rush; dances, circuses; … Continue reading

Watkins, Steve – OH1236
Interview Date: 2004

John Blanchard, Theadosia Ammons, Rocky Mountain Joe Sturdevant, Edwin ChamberlainBoulder Chautauqua Park in Boulder (history, Landmark designation, named Historic District, cultural programming, power lines on grounds), Chautauqua Park cottages (history, restoration, architectural styles, specific cottages discussed and shown, Cottage 811, … Continue reading

Wining, Rachel M. – OH0800
Interview Date: 1995

People: Rae Wining, Penfield Tate.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Colorado Chautauqua Association: relations with city, programs, car bomb near Auditorium — Boulder Open Space — Mustard Seed Gallery — Boulder in 1928 — World War II: G.I. Bill, University … Continue reading

Wolff, Edwin L. – OH1605
Interview Date: 2009

Ed Wolff talks about his participation in the life of the Boulder music community, including his personal experiences in arranging and composing for local, national and international singing groups. He served on the boards of the Colorado Music Festival, the … Continue reading

Yeager, Margaret M. (Kay) – OH0773
Interview Date: 1995

Boulder, Brooks Fauber store, NIST (National Bureau of Standards), dry days in Boulder, moving county lines, Chautauqua, hippies, hippie businesses today, library, Pearl Street, North Boulder, PEO Sisterhood, Fortnightly Club, Martin Acres, Mr. Yeager, Robert McFarland, Mary Rippon, Judge Martin, … Continue reading

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