Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event the entire community will enjoy.
Daytime activities feature stimulating adult programs and hands-on workshops for youth hosted by local community organizations. Evening activities allow family and friends to gather as live music plays and a performer appears on stage, bringing a historic figure to life through personal stories and historic detail. This enriching and entertaining experience is perfect for every generation.
In 2017, the 19th tour of Ohio Chautauqua kicked off in the village of Burton (June 6-10) traveling then to Clifton (June 13-17) to Warren (June 20-24) and concluding in Milan (June 27-July 1) and explored the theme, The Natural World. The program showcased historical figures who present diverse perspectives on the natural world, including:
- Marie Skodowska Curie – a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in both physics and chemistry for her pioneering research on radioactivity.
- Chief Cornstalk (Shawnee: Hokoleskwa) – a prominent leader of the Shawnee nation just prior to the American Revolution.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus.
- Theodore Roosevelt – often referred to as Teddy or TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909.
- Dian Fossey – an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist whose 1983 book Gorillas in the Mist brought worldwide attention to her study of mountain gorilla groups in Rwanda and her battle to save the gorillas from extinction.