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May 21, 2015

Samuel D. Burris Speaks - A free African American

Meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad.

May 5, 2015

Lucy Bakewell Audubon - Audubon's Leading Lady (1787—1874)

They say well-behaved women rarely make history. Lucy Bakewell Audubon is an exception to that rule. Her proper behavior and strength helped secure the legacy of her husband, John James Audubon (famed naturalist, artist, and author of the larger than-life The Birds of America). Theirs is a story about art, ambition, devotion, deception, resentment, redemption, and above all, love. It’s a fascinating story because it’s so implausible: highly educated and born to wealth and privilege, Lucy not only endured her husband’s eccentricity, but successfully adapted to life on the frontier. Follow the Audubons from their immigration to America in the early 1800s, to their adventures in evolving Louisville, their pioneer days in the wilderness of Henderson, economic depression during the Panic of 1819, and their times of separation when John James explored and sought his fame, while Lucy stayed behind and kept the home fires burning.

April 29, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt: Advocate for Universal Human Rights.

In this informal talk, Mrs. Roosevelt, as portrayed by Elena Dodd, recalls her years with the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

April 18, 2015

Walt Whitman's Lincoln

In this presentation, esteemed storyteller and actor Brian "Fox" Ellis re-creates one of the lectures that Whitman delivered annually on Lincoln's birthday after his death. These lectures interspersed commentary on the significance of Lincoln's life and work with Whitman's Civil War poems, including "The Artillery Man's Vision," arguably one of the first accounts of post-traumatic stress disorder as experienced by Veterans in American literature. Mark Twain described one such lecture as the most powerful performance he had ever witnessed in a theater.

April 16, 2015

2015 Nevada Humanities Great Basin Young Chautauqua Program

Young Chautauqua emphasizes scholarship, research, reading, and performing. The program is free and open to all children who are interested in history and performing.

March 20, 2015

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.

Funded project of the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  The New Hampshire Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

March 11, 2015

On Hemingway: Three Views

This chautauqua program by Betty Jean Steinshouer examines the author of machismo, from a woman’s point of view.

March 1, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt - Rough Rider President

Darrel Draper portrays Theodore Roosevelt in a 45 minute, costumed re-enactment of Roosevelt on the campaign trail in his bid for the presidency as the 1912 Progressive "Bull Moose" Party candidate. He reviews his life from his asthma-plagued childhood, his days at Harvard, personal tragedies and victories, military success, and rise to the White House.

February 28, 2015

The Secret Life of Henry VIII

Henry VIII was both Renaissance Man and brutal tyrant. He raised England up from the Middle Ages but set the stage for revolution and civil war two generations later. He is famous for his serial matrimony, but as this presentation shows, there’s more to his majesty than lust and worries over an heir. Henry describes his upbringing and his motives for breaking from the Church of Rome as well as his dreams for his people and his realm.

February 27, 2015

Reverend Newton Bush: Terrible Price for Freedom

January 1, 1863 was an historic day in United States history. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, freeing most slaves in the United States. But for enslaved men living in Kentucky and other border states, it was a bittersweet occasion. Lincoln desperately wanted to keep Kentucky loyal to the Union. It was not until 1864, when Kentucky became the last state allowing their enlistment that slaves could join the Union Army. Like many Kentucky-owned slaves, Newton Bush risked his life to escape from his owner and travel to Camp Nelson and enlist in Company E of the 5th Regiment United States Colored Cavalry.

February 24, 2015

"Map of My Kingdom"

"Map of My Kingdom" will resonate with those who have been or are working through challenging land transfer issues. It will inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait.

February 23, 2015

The Green Man in Art, Architecture, and Folklore

This presentation will explore questions of origins, influences, contemporary significance, and the rich insights the character might grant us into the complex story of humankind's relationship with nature.

February 19, 2015

The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience

The most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped thousands of enslaved Africans to escape to freedom. Her life story is a monument to courage and fearless resolve. This living history performance depicts this 19th century icon by blending accounts of Tubman's life with an acute sense of Tubman's personal qualities—her emotional depth, profound spirituality and immense intelligence.

February 19, 2015

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. She served as a New Deal government official — in one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration, and the highest held by an African American woman; was founder of FDR’s “black cabinet”; served as president of the National Association of Colored Women; founded and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women.

February 17, 2015

Abraham Lincoln: "I, too, am a Kentuckian"

Born on a farm in what is now Larue County, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln spent his early years in the Commonwealth.

January 10, 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Moving West

In her beloved series of books for young people, Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed pioneer life as an idyllic adventure, filled with warmth and love.

December 10, 2014

Lily May Ledford: Coon Creek Girl

Lily Mae Ledford grew up in a musical family in eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. She wanted to fiddle so badly that she traded her most precious possession – a box of crayons – for a broken-down instrument that didn’t have strings, tuning pegs or a bow. She eventually became better known for banjo picking than fiddling, but that old fiddle helped launch a career that brought Lily Mae and her Kentucky mountain music to a national audience.

November 21, 2014

Henry Clay - Kentucky's Great Statesman (1777—1852)

Above all, Henry Clay wanted to be president of the United States. Despite never quite making it—he ran and lost three times between 1824 and 1844—Clay played a large role in the history of his country, which he served as a senator, speaker of the house, and secretary of state.

November 19, 2014

Dreamers & Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians

For much of its history, Florida was a wild frontier-the perfect place for someone to disappear or start over. Displaced Native Americans and runaway slaves both made Florida their home for just this reason. Osceola, Francisco Menéndez, and Mary McLeod Bethune each knew that Florida offered them a fresh start and the hope of a brighter future.

November 4, 2014

Florida History from Palmetto-Leaves to The Yearling to River of Grass

Experience Florida through the milieu of three women authors, in character and costume: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Each wrote a book that put Florida on the map - in 1873, 1938, and 1947, respectively.

October 29, 2014

If I am Not For Myself, Who Will Be for Me? George Washington's Runaway Slave

Oney Judge Staines, according to the Constitution, was only three-fifths of a person. To her masters, George and Martha Washington, she was merely "the girl." All she wanted was the freedom to control her own actions, but her account of escaping the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia, fleeing north and establishing a life in New Hampshire is not a typical runaway story.

October 28, 2014

A Soldier's Mother Tells Her Story

Speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sharon Wood offers an informative and sensitive reflection on that sacrifice from a mother's perspective.

October 13, 2014

A Century of Fashion, 1870 - 1970

Sue McLain, owner of Yesterday’s Lady, a vintage fashion museum/store in Beatrice, has been traveling the Midwest since 1991 sharing her extensive collection of clothing from 1840 through 1980 and teaching groups about the history of fashion.

October 12, 2014

Mary Settles: The Last Shaker at Pleasant Hill

Mary Settles saw the Civil War from the point of view of the Shakers, her adopted extended family.

October 12, 2014

President U.S. Grant

Step back to the Civil War era and listen to tales and personal history from one of America’s most famous generals. This Chautauqua-style portrayal takes Ulysses S. Grant from personal mediocrity to his promotion to the highest-ranking general in the Union Army.

October 8, 2014

Mark Twain: American Icon

Through his characters and stories, Twain single-handedly put American literature on the map.  Chautaugua performed by actor: Robert Brock.

October 4, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Presented by Charlotte Endorf. Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.

September 20, 2014

Buffalo Soldiers: Military Heroes of the Southwest

From Medal of Honor recipients to the common trooper, from Indian battles to battles with lawbreakers, learn how a small number of Black troopers made a difference in the lives of law-abiding citizens.

September 17, 2014

Chautauqua in Durango!

Join us at this great Colorado Humanities event, free and open to all!

September 6, 2014

Tom Milligan: Prairie Rebel

In this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids.

August 23, 2014

I Can't Die But Once - Harriet Tubman's Civil War

The US Government enlisted Tubman as a scout and spy for the Union cause and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War, but Tubman is best known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

August 15, 2014

The Courage to Continue: Changing Homesteads in Nebraska

Cherrie Beam-Clarke, in period attire with Irish brogue, depicts Nebraska life on the prairie, 1870 to 1885. The pioneer stories are factual and reflect the diversity of the people and land from western to eastern Nebraska.

August 2, 2014

Ukrainian Immigration to the Anthracite Coal Region of NE Pennsylvania

 Audiences learn the reasons for this first major wave of Ukrainian immigration and explore the cultural legacy of the early immigrants.

July 1, 2014

Tom Milligan: The Not So Quiet Librarian

Forrest Spaulding wrote the Library Bill of Rights, which was adopted by the American Library Council in 1938, and in Spaulding's own words "means as much today as it did yesterday and will tomorrow."

June 25, 2014 to June 29, 2014

Nebraska Chautaqua: Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America --Scottsbluff

Nebraska Chautauqua on homesteading, migration and displacement on the Great Plains

June 21, 2014

George Drouillard: Hunter/Sign Talker for Lewis and Clark

Half French and half Shawnee Indian, this expert hunter, Indian sign talker and wilderness woodsman was called upon by the two captains whenever they needed a nearly impossible task to be completed.

June 18, 2014 to June 22, 2014

Nebraska Chautauqua: Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America -- Norfolk

Nebraska Chautauqua on homesteading, migration and displacement on the Great Plains

May 17, 2014

Capitán Rafael Chacón

Capitán Rafael Chacón was witness to the most significant events in the formation of modern New Mexico, from the US invasion of 1846 to statehood in 1912.

April 18, 2014

Babe Ruth: A Chautauqua performance by Frank Mullen Jr.

 The City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs presents Babe Ruth, whose power hitting built modern baseball.

April 17, 2014

Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation

Charles Ball was a third-generation slave from Calvert County, Maryland who, after being sold to a trader in the deep South, escaped back to his home state.  Upon his return to Maryland, he acted as a free man and fought in the War of 1812 on behalf of the United States in Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla.

April 14, 2014

Clara Barton: Red Cross Angel, a Living History Presentation

Civil War heroine Clara Barton overcame both personal obstacles and society's narrow view of women's roles to pursue her heart's work: battlefield nursing.

April 13, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.

April 12, 2014

‘Lilley Cornett: A Voice for the Forest.’

Kentucky Chautauqua performers travel throughout the state delivering to community organizations their historically accurate dramatizations of Kentuckians who made a difference.

April 5, 2014

Footsteps to Freedom: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights

This chautauqua program explores the history of the civil rights movement through the lives of two powerful women: Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King.

March 29, 2014

Music of the Civil War Era

Join Dr. David Hildebrand for a musical survey full of familiar tunes with the fascinating stories behind them -- from John Brown's Harper's Ferry raid to "The Bonnie White Flag." Appearing in period costume, Dr. Hildebrand will perform musical selections of the time accompanied by guitar, banjo, flute and voice.

March 3, 2014

Petticoat Patriot: A Woman in the Continental Army

 Joan Gatturna presents this living history program on Deborah Sampson, a patriot who left her petticoats behind.

February 27, 2014

On Hemingway: Three Views

This chautauqua program examines the author of machismo, from a woman's point of view.

February 24, 2014

The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience

The most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped thousands of enslaved Africans to escape to freedom.

February 21, 2014

Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War

Remarkable true stories of the Civil War as experienced by civilians who found themselves in harm's way. How did the ideas and concerns that matter to them play out in Gettysburg, along the Underground Railroad and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

February 8, 2014

Francisco Menendez: African Slave to Freedom Fighter

Brought to the British colonies as a slave, Francisco Menendez escaped his servitude and fled to Spanish Florida.

February 4, 2014

Jump at de Sun: Bringing Southern Folklore to Life

Chatauqua scholars Bob Devin Jones and Phyllis McEwen will present Zora Neale Hurston during the Harlem Renaissance.

January 12, 2014

Art & Chautauqua | Rising to the Occasion

Art & Chautauqua | Rising to the Occasion, a discussion.