2019 PROGRAMS

Durango Native Stories are living history – personal stories told by locals who have called the area home for generations. Each presentation includes first-hand recollections and historic family photographs, many more than a century old.

Hosted at the historic Henry Strater Theatre, the 2019 series features a variety of personalities that contributed greatly to the heritage of Durango and La Plata County

JUNE 20

Mary Jane Clark

Mary Jane Clark is a founder of Toh-Atin Gallery (est. 1957) focusing on Native American and Southwestern artworks, jewelry, and rugs.  Mary Jane was born at home in Blanco, NM (about 40 miles from Durango) where her parents owned the Blanco Mercantile trading post. Mary Jane lived in Durango in 1944, as a nursing student, and settled here permanently, working at Mercy Hospital, in 1945.

 

Tom & Penni Compton

Tom & Penni Compton focused their lives on family, agriculture, and education.  Penni was born into the Lemon family, pioneer ranchers and the namesake for Lemon Reservoir.  In addition to operating their ranch in the Hesperus area, Tom taught biology at Fort Lewis College and served many community organizations including 9R School Board, LaPlata Open Space Conservancy and helped start Leadership LaPlata.

 

Tom & Penni Compton

Tom & Penni Compton focused their lives on family, agriculture, and education.  Penni was born into the Lemon family, pioneer ranchers and the namesake for Lemon Reservoir.  In addition to operating their ranch in the Hesperus area, Tom taught biology at Fort Lewis College and served many community organizations including 9R School Board, LaPlata Open Space Conservancy and helped start Leadership LaPlata.

JULY 18

Rey & Clair Martinez

Rey & Clair Martinez are brothers, two of seven children born at home in Durango. Both men played football for Durango High School and then at Adams State College. Ray served in the Marine Corps and Clair was a Forest Service interpreter.  Both brothers taught in the local schools and coached sports for decades.

 

H. Prescott Blake

Prescott Blake moved to Durango in 1933 at age two when his father was hired as a linotype operator for the Durango Democrat newspaper. Prescott is a colorful jack-of-all-trades, hunter, fishman, and owned a local plumbing company for 30 years in addition to working with other contractors on major projects.

H. Prescott Blake

Prescott Blake moved to Durango in 1933 at age two when his father was hired as a linotype operator for the Durango Democrat newspaper. Prescott is a colorful jack-of-all-trades, hunter, fishman, and owned a local plumbing company for 30 years in addition to working with other contractors on major projects.

 

AUGUST 22

Amador Tucson

Amador Tucson is a descendent member of the Southern Ute Tribe. He’s the founder, musician, and singer for the Latino band, “Tucson y Los Amigos.” Amador is best known as the owner / operator of Tucson’s Barber & Styling (est. 1968) where he and his son Isador provide classic haircuts today.

 

Peryl Kelley Schaaf

The daughter of two homesteading families, Peryl Kelley eloped and married another generational local, Olga Little’s nephew, Ernie Schaaf, at age 15. Peryl’s work career started at age six as a homemaker for her family while her mother was away teaching at remote one room school houses. Peryl transitioned to a gas pump attendant at her father’s station during the war and eventually served as a Bank of Durango vice-president.

Peryl Kelley Schaaf

The daughter of two homesteading families, Peryl Kelley eloped and married another generational local, Olga Little’s nephew, Ernie Schaaf, at age 15. Peryl’s work career started at age six as a homemaker for her family while her mother was away teaching at remote one room school houses. Peryl transitioned to a gas pump attendant at her father’s station during the war and eventually served as a Bank of Durango vice-president.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Jack Turner

All programs are hosted by Jack Turner, a 5th generation local and creator of Durango Native Stories. He is the author of the award winning book “Landscapes On Glass” with foreword by President Bill Clinton.

Location

Henry Strater Theatre (699 Main Ave; Durango, Colorado 81301)

Time

Doors open at 7:00 PM, all seating is General Admission

Tickets

$15 each (+ service, credit card, and facility fee)
Purchase at the Strater Box Office (970.375.7160), or purchase online.