Chautauqua Speakers Bureau presents Mary Jane Bradbury as Augusta Tabor

Martha Maxwell traveled to Colorado Territory with the first wave of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1860. A self-educated naturalist and artist, she found her passion and life's work quite by accident and contributed to the development of taxidermy and museum display with ideas and techniques that are still used today. The foremost woman natural scientist of the 19th century, Martha was one of the first women to collect and prepare her own skins and mounts. She spent nearly eight continuous years in the field in the Rocky Mountains, documenting the presence of species previously not known to live there.

Martha is the first woman to have a subspecies that she herself discovered named after her - otus asio maxwelliae - Maxwell's owl. In 1876, she represented Colorado at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. A true trail blazer, Martha Maxwell's inspiring journey is one of passion and determination.

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.  For more information please call Pat Conway, Glenwood Spring Branch Library at 970-945-5958 or email at

16 April 2009 - 10:00am
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