Project Description

Speakers Bureau

Chautauqua speakers perform first-person living history portrayals in period costumes to dramatize the experiences of literary and historical figures. Other scholars present illustrated lectures and the Colorado Poet Laureate offers readings, talks, and educator workshops. By choosing a speaker from our vetted list of scholars, libraries, schools, museums, conferences, churches, professional organizations and other local communities throughout Colorado may offer high-quality humanities programs to their communities.

Host organizations negotiate honoraria and travel with speakers. When planning to host a Chautauqua speaker, please review the list below of possible speakers and contact Betty Jo Brenner at 303.894.7951 x17 or for contact and other information.

What Others Are Saying

“What better way to learn about a time in history than to see and hear someone portray a person from a particular place and time. I really liked her posters with pictures and maps. Very informative. Lynne Swanson did a marvelous job!” – audience member from Lynne Swanson as Isabella Bird, Rangeview Library District in Thornton, 2008

“Made me cry when she finally finds her daughter” – audience member from Opalanga Pugh as Aunt Clara Brown, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance in Frisco, 2008

“I want to go to Rocky Mountain Park” – audience member, 4th grade, from John Stansfield as Enos Mills, Lewis Palmer Elementary School in Monument, 2008


Clara Barton
Clara BartonPortrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak
Katharine Lee Bates
Katharine Lee BatesPortrayed by Sue Breeze
Dr. Rose Kidd Beere
Dr. Rose Kidd BeerePortrayed by Rebeca Hunt
Erma Bombeck
Erma BombeckPortrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak
Maria Josefa Jaramillo Carson
Maria Josefa Jaramillo CarsonPortrayed by Dr. Evangelina Sena
Irene Castle
Irene CastlePortrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak
Geoffery Chaucer
Geoffery ChaucerPortrayed by Tom Napierkowski
Marie Curie
Marie CuriePortrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak
Charles Dickens
Charles DickensPortrayed by David Skipper
Walt Disney
Walt DisneyPortrayed by David Skipper
Amelia Earhart
Amelia EarhartPortrayed by Elsa Wolff
Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan EdwardsPortrayed by Jack Van Ens
El Vaquero
El VaqueroPlayed by Angel Vigil
Dr. Fox Gardner
Dr. Fox GardnerPortrayed by John Stansfield
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander HamiltonPortrayed by Hal Bidlack
Helen Hunt Jackson
Helen Hunt JacksonPortrayed by Doris McCraw
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas JeffersonPortrayed by Jack Van Ens
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham LincolnPortrayed by John Voehl
Golda Meir
Golda MeirPortrayed by Helen Trencher
Enos Mills
Enos MillsPortrayed by John Stansfield
Michael Mooney
Michael MooneyPortrayed by James Walsh
Annie Oakley
Annie OakleyPortrayed by Elsa Wolff
Minnie Pearl
Minnie PearlPortrayed by Elsa Wolff
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan PoePortrayed by David Skipper
Rocky Mountain News History
Rocky Mountain News HistoryPresented by Michael Madigan
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor RooseveltPortrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak
Franklin Roosevelt
Franklin RooseveltPortrayed by Richard Marold
Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the RiveterPortrayed by Gail Baton
Heeere’s Dusty: Life in the TV and Newspaper World
Heeere’s Dusty: Life in the TV and Newspaper WorldPresented by Dusty Sanders
Irena Sendler
Irena SendlerPortrayed by Judy Winnick
Mary Shelley
Mary ShelleyPortrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak
Lucy Stone
Lucy StonePortrayed by Lyda Mary Hardy
Winfield Scott Stratton
Winfield Scott StrattonPortrayed by Richard Marold
Maria Von Trapp
Maria Von TrappPortrayed by Elsa Wolff
H.G. Wells
H.G. WellsPortrayed by David Skipper
Martha Maxwell
Martha MaxwellPortrayed by Mary Jane Bradbury (available in Montana)
Jeannette Rankin
Jeannette RankinPortrayed by Mary Jane Bradbury (available in Montana)
Augusta Tabor
Augusta TaborPortrayed by Mary Jane Bradbury (available in Montana)

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