Rocky Mountain Joe, Untangling Tall Tales

July 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Registration #383051.00

A larger than life Buffalo Bill-like character, Joseph Bevier Sturtevant took on the alter ego of Rocky Mountain Joe when Chautauqua opened its doors in 1898. A skilled photographer and self-described Boulder icon promoting the romance of frontier life, Joe sold the nostalgia of the Wild West to early twentieth century tourists and his tales have been unquestioned since his death in 1910. What is fascinating about the legend, Rocky Mountain Joe, is that many of his stories are actually true – they just did not happen to him. Learn about Rocky Mountain Joe from an expert, Mona Lambrecht, Curator of History and Collections at the University Heritage Center, who has been researching and uncovering the truth about this local character.

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