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 brenner@coloradohumanities.org 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

Speakers

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