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Bringing the ‘First Lady of Leadville’ to life

Special to the DailyMary Jane Bradbury, an actress and historical scholar, will bring Colorado pioneer Augusta Tabor to life during Wednesday's free event in Vail.

Special to the DailyMary Jane Bradbury, an actress and historical scholar, will bring Colorado pioneer Augusta Tabor to life during Wednesday's free event in Vail.

The town of Vail Public Library will host the Colorado Humanities Speakers Bureau program, “Augusta Tabor: Colorado Pioneer” with Mary Jane Bradbury at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library’s fireside lounge. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Few women came west with the first wave of the gold rush to the Rockies. Augusta Pierce Tabor was one of those remarkable women who travelled west and kept her family through years of hardship in the frontier mining camps. The Tabor name was destined to become well known in Colorado. Many would consider Augusta’s story a mere footnote to the more well-known and scandalous saga of Silver Baron Horace Tabor and his second wife, Baby Doe. Hardly insignificant, Augusta Tabor was a pioneering businesswoman with a heart of gold and a generosity that is legend. A wife, a mother, and often called the First Lady of Leadville, Augusta’s story is one of adventure and discovery in the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Program participants will have the opportunity to ask Augusta questions about her life at the end of the program.

Bradbury is a scholar and actress who brings history to life for audiences of all ages in the Rocky Mountain region. She teaches for the Colorado Humanities and is an historic interpreter for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, call 970-479-2187.

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