Chautauqua Speakers Bureau presents Mary Jane Bradbury as Augusta Tabor

Often called the First Lady of Leadville, Augusta Tabor is a legend on the Colorado mining frontier.   Though many consider her a footnote to the more well-known and scandalous rags to riches to rags saga of Silver Baron Horace Tabor and his second wife, Baby Doe, first wife Augusta Tabor stands alone as a pioneering businesswoman with a generous heart and strength of character that is the story of women on the western frontier.   A wife, a mother, and one of the first women to come west in the Pike's Peak gold rush, Augusta braved the journey across the prairies, the primitive, isolated conditions of the early mining camps and a devastating Victorian scandal and divorce with determination and grace.   Augusta's journey is the story of the triumph of the human spirit, and of adventure in the magnificent Rocky Mountains.

Mary Jane Bradbury, M.A. Speech Communication, has been an actress, speaker, educator, and author in Colorado for over 20 years. She is an Artist in Residence and performing artist for Young Audiences of Colorado and has written and produced heritage event programs for Four Mile Historic Park in Denver.   She currently serves on the board for the Colorado Coalition for Women's History.   Her passion for history and artistic skills make her historic character presentations entertaining and provocative, leaving the audience informed, enlightened and interested in finding out more about our collective heritage.  This event is open only to Cottonwood Plains Elementary School Students.

31 March 2009 - 10:00am
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