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Boulder City Chautauqua 


Pioneers of the Sky and Sea

Featuring Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman and Jacques Cousteau

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Historic Boulder Theatre | 1225 Arizona St.

Tickets  $15 per performance

Scholars Reception ticket $30 
VIP Chautauqua Scholar Meet and Greet Package $55
(Includes 1 ticket for each performance, and one Scholars Reception)

Boulder City Chautauqua

Boulder City Chautauqua performer Juanita Westbrook will present Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Coleman: Pioneer Aviator at 11:30 AM. on Saturday, September 21, 2019

Coleman, popularly known as “Queen Bess,” was the first black woman to become an airplane pilot, and the first American woman to hold an international pilot’s license. While many people know about early aviator Amelia Earhart, Coleman, who got her pilot’s license before Earhart, is little known. Growing up in the cruel world of Jim Crow laws and discrimination, Coleman vowed to amount to something in life. She became an avid reader and a good math student. She was determined to get ahead, and show the way to others handicapped by racism, poverty and ignorance.

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Boulder City Chautauqua
PO Box 61994
Boulder City, NV 89006
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Portrayed by Chautauqua Scholar Doug Mishler, Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac (Gironde) in France. He entered the naval academy in 1930, was graduated and became a gunnery officer. Then, while he was training to be a pilot, a serious car accident ended his aviation career. So it was the ocean that would win this adventurer’s soul. In 1936, near the port of Toulon, he went swimming underwater with goggles. It was a breath-taking revelation. Seeking a way to explore underwater longer and more freely, he developed, with engineer Emile Gagnan, the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, or scuba, in 1943, and the world under the sea was opened up to human beings. After World War II, Cousteau, along with naval officer Philippe Tailliez and diver Frédéric Dumas, became known as the ” mousquemers ” (” musketeers of the sea “) as they carried out diving experiments in the sea and laboratory.

Jacques Cousteau will take the stage at 4:30 PM on Saturday, September 21, 2019