Lotta Crabtree


Diamond in the Gold Rush              



Following tradition, this year the Friends of the Big Bear Valley Library are sponsoring the 2018 Old Miners Days Chautauqua, featuring Lotta Crabtree, Saturday, July 21st, at the Big Bear Lake Library.

Lotta’s father came to the Goldmines from New York, seeking his fortune.  In 1853, when Lotta was 6 years old, he sent for his family and moved to Grass Valley.  A few doors away lived the Countess Landsfeldt, who began teaching Lotta to sing and dance and Lotta soon became a child performer in the gold fields.

The Crabtree Family moved to San Francisco when she was 9 and by 12 she was known as Miss Lotta, the San Francisco Favorite.  She invested her earnings and at age 22 purchased San Francisco real estate to begin a fortune valued at $4 million at the time of her death in 1924.

The part of Lotta will be portrayed by Judith Helton, famous for her one-woman shows, each relating to an actual historic figure. Her performances number in the thousands for both adult and student audiences. In 1996 she won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Artists in Schools.  Her programs are currently on the rosters of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Helton’s portrayal of Lotta Crabtree, Diamond in the Gold Rush is among her best known performances. This program has been performed at the first theater in Monterey, California and in the town of Rough and Ready, Nevada County, California; where Lotta began her career at age 6.  

Helton has also performed at the Wells Fargo History Museums in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles.

Visit:  http://www.bigbearlake.net/EPIC-Entertainment for more information about the community event.       



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Moment in History

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By FRIENDS of the Big Bear Lake LIBRARY

41930 Garstin Drive  

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315