Boulder City Chautauqua

Since 1993 Doug has been nationally recognized for bringing "history to life." Doug has presented figures from Nikita Khrushchev to Theodore Roosevelt, and P.T. Barnum. He has made over 800 first person presentations of over 20 historical figures, including Stonewall Jackson, Henry Ford, Issac Parker, General Jack Pershing, and now Jacques Cousteau. The voices in his head keep him busy, but he also is the founder & Managing Artistic Director of Restless Artists' Theatre, as well as teaching history at the University of Nevada. Like his idol T. R., Doug believes there is still plenty of time to grow up and get a "real job" – but later!

Chautauqua began as an educational gathering, originating as an American movement in the late 1800s, providing public lectures, religious programs and concerts during the summer months. Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, showmen, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America."

 It continues today as an exploration and enrichment of life through three pillars of programming:  education, cultural arts, and recreation.

​Boulder City Chautauqua is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organization. All donations are  tax deductible to the extent permissible under law.

Amy and Desi Arnaz, Jr., purchased the Boulder Theatre in 1997 and brought it back to life after being on the brink of extinction. To learn more about this wonderful historic venue, visit

Juanita Westbrook

About Us

About Boulder City Chautauqua

About Doug Mishler 

Built in 1933 by Fox Theatres, the Historic Boulder Theatre was the heartbeat of Boulder City for nearly 60 years. Because it was the only air-conditioned building in town, workers from Hoover Dam would pay $.25 for a movie ticket just so they could sleep for a few hours in the cool theatre to escape the scorching heat in Black Canyon.

As the years passed, hundreds of movies were shown on the screen, Will Rogers performed on a small stage in front of the screen, bands played, speeches were given and many couples shared their first kiss during a movie.

About The Historic Boulder Theatre

Westbrook has a degree in early childhood education and has more than forty years of experience of working with youth and families. She has been telling stories throughout the United States and internationally since 1995, and has performed as various Chautauqua characters. She created and developed a youth program, Yes, You Can! that focuses on community youth development and empowerment skills for high- and middle-school students.