PROGRAM: Chautauqua

Presented by:
Maryland Humanities
Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Museums, Other Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, History, Varies, War/Veterans Audience: All, Colleges and Universities

“It’s rewarding to read about history; it’s transformational to feel as if you are there.”
– Maryland Humanities Website

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear from and interact with notable figures from history? The Chautauqua program allows participants to do just that each year in the summer.

The 2017 Maryland Chautauqua theme is “Voices from the Great War” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War as three World War 1-era figures come to life on the Chautauqua stage:

  • W.E.B. Du Bois, a sociologist and scholar, was one of the most important African American activists of the early twentieth-century. Du Bois will be portrayed by Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speakers who has also appeared as Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, and Benjamin Banneker at Chautauqua in Maryland, Colorado, and South Carolina and at schools in the Northern Marianas.
  • General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I, was one of America’s most accomplished generals. He will be portrayed by Doug Mishler, an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University and has appeared at Maryland Humanities’ Chautauqua as P.T. Barnum, Theodore Roosevelt, William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Ford, and Upton Sinclair.
  • President Woodrow Wilson, a leader of the Progressive Movement, was the 28th President of the United States. He will be portrayed by Judd Bankert, who has been portraying President Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace’s living-history program since 2000.

The programs will be hosted in the following locations:

  • Baltimore County
  • Cecil County
  • Charles County
  • Garrett County
  • Harford County
  • Montgomery County
  • Talbot County

Check out the council’s website to learn more.