Chautauqua Speakers Bureau presents Rush to the Rockies: Richard Marold as Winfield Scott Stratton, Mary Jane Bradbury as Augusta Tabor

Winfield Scott Stratton, an itinerant carpenter and prospector in the Rockies during the 1870s and 80s, became the envy of the mining world in the 1890s when he emerged from the Cripple Creek gold fields as a multi-millionaire. A paradoxical character who struggled under the burden of his wealth, Stratton contributed enormously to the building and beauty of Colorado. 

In this program the history of the latter half of the 19th century in Colorado comes alive: the mass movement west, the lure of gold and silver, railroads, the flamboyance, greed and tragedy of those eager to get rich quick. In this "wild west" setting, Stratton stands out for his conservation, simplicity and sense of the common good.

Richard Marold is a Colorado native who has taught history on both the secondary and college levels.  He holds a MA in Humanities from Penn State University.  For seven years he was editor of Cheyenne Mountain KIVA , a quarterly journal on the history of central Colorado.  Marold's portrayal of Stratton is partly shaped by his family's roots in the gold mining district of Victor and Cripple Creek, and his life in Colorado Springs.

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.

For more information, please call Chris Nicholl, Pikes Peak Library District at 719-632-3628 or email at

6 June 2009 (All day)
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