A modern-day actress will breathe life into a long-forgotten pioneer Saturday in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Denver Chautauqua artist and storyteller will play the part of Martha Maxwell in a living history presentation called Martha Maxwell: Rocky Mountain Naturalist and Huntress at the Durango Discovery Museum. The event is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff and Trout Unlimited volunteers will be on hand to provide basic fly-casting and spin-casting instruction. No experience is necessary and all gear will be provided.
Bradbury will recount the story of Maxwell, a woman who dedicated herself to wildlife and conservation in Colorado in the 1860s.
Bradburys performance is in the tradition of the traveling shows, known as Chautauquas, of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the show, Bradbury talks about what life was really like in the Colorado wilderness in the mid-19th century. A self-educated naturalist and artist, Maxwell spent eight continuous years in the field, exploring the flora and fauna of Colorado. She developed groundbreaking taxidermy techniques, engaged in careful field observation, pioneered use of dioramas in museum displays and identified a subspecies of owl which bears her name Maxwells Owl.
For more information, call 375-6709. The Durango Discovery Museum is located at 1333 Camino Del Rio in Durango.