Ellen Kingman Fisher: Hill’s Gold
Wednesday, December 11, 2019Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
Tickets: $12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)*
Colorado Territory 1863: The Colorado gold rush was over; mining was in shambles; the Civil War still raged and Indian uprisings on the Great Plains made travel dangerous. Nevertheless, Nathaniel P. Hill was captivated by the rough frontier and tempted by William Gilpin’s invitation to investigate his land for gold and silver. Against his better judgment, Hill left his family and job as a chemistry professor at Brown University to work for the Colorado Territory’s former governor. Hill was a natural entrepreneur who saw opportunity in the new land and did not let risk or failure daunt him. The result was nothing short of a revolutionary boost to the fledgling Colorado mining industry and the rerouting of his and his family’s fortunes.
Historian Ellen Kingman Fisher used Nathaniel Hill’s letters and journals to create this historical fiction account of early Colorado and the birth of the state’s mining industry.
About the Author:
Ellen Kingman Fisher, PhD, was a senior program officer with the Gates Family Foundation and the Director of the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver. She served on the board of the Colorado State Historical Society (now History Colorado) for 28 years and on the Advisory Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for 9 years. She was awarded the Molly Brown Spirit Award by Historic Denver for community service and the Alumni Recognition Award by the University of Colorado at Denver for her role in developing the public history (applied history) program at CU Denver.
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