Founded by Nevada Humanities in 1993, Young Chautauqua is a nationally recognized and award-winning youth program in which young scholars research and portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars engage their audience in lively discussions and provide insight into historical study.
The original Young Chautauqua program is known as Great Basin Young Chautauqua. In this program, youth participate in a six-month training program that culminates in performances during Nevada Humanities Chautauqua. The program is free and open to children ages 8 – 18.
Using Great Basin Young Chautauqua as a model, Young Chautauqua programs now take place in schools and communities throughout Nevada and the nation. Anyone wishing to learn more about Young Chautauqua or start a program in their own community can purchase the Young Chautauqua Handbook and Creating a Young Chautauqua Program from Nevada Humanities for $5 each, plus shipping. Anyone interested in having a Young Chautauquan perform at an event can contact Nevada Humanities at 775-784-6587.
Underwriting for the Great Basin Young Chautauqua program is provided by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, NV Energy, the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, individual donors, parent and community volunteers, and many other community partners.