Vail library hosts evening of living history
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –The Vail Public Library presents “An Evening of Living History” with Lynne Swanson, an accomplished chautauquan – a person who portrays a historical character – from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the library community room. Swanson will be portraying Isabella Bird.
In 1872 Bird, a stout, high-minded English spinster, boarded a steamship in London to sail around the world where she encountered many adventures. She recorded her lively experiences in letters to her stay-at-home sister, Henrietta. When Isabella returned to Britain the two sisters compiled these letters into a widely read book, “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains.” She later became a popular lecturer in a Victorian society eager to hear of foreign lands and exotic exploits.
The living history library program is sponsored by Colorado Humanities, which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Colorado Humanities inspires the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate our diverse cultural heritage,” says Lori Ann Barnes, town librarian. “This particular presentation is about life in the late 19th century here in our area of the world.”
The Vail Public Library’s monthly book discussion group selection for April will parallel the living history program with Bird’s “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains,” in which the presentation will take the place of the usual book discussion. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library. The event is free. For more information visit http://www.vaillibrary.com, call 970-479-2187 or email info@vaillibrary.
What: “An Evening of Living History” with accomplished chautauquan Lynne Swanson
Where: Vail Library.
When: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday
More information: call 970-479-2187 or email info@vaillibrary.