Colorado Humanities’ Chautauqua series features humanities scholars who take to the stage and breathe life into the words of historical and literary figures through interpretive characterizations. Programs are free and open to the public. In Colorado, schools, libraries, and other community organizations sponsor Chautauqua presentations. Learn more about the different iterations of this program below:
A series of workshops of scholarship, research, rehearsal, and performance in which students bring history to life by immersing themselves in the writings and lives of historical characters. Young people select an inspiring person in history who possesses the qualities, values, and often life circumstances that they can identify with in their own life. Each student researches a character of their choice and portrays the character including their personality, ideology, and life-changing events that molded their character. This portrayal is then presented in front of an audience of their peers.
High Plains Chautauqua – August 1-5, 2017
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into the First World War, this series will examine both America’s participation in the war and its continuing impact on the lives of all Americans. This epic event not only ushered in the age of modern warfare but also gave rise to a new economic, political and cultural world order.To see the full list of performers, click here.
Two Rivers Chautauqua: Western Voices – August 18-19, 2017
Two Rivers Chautauqua started in 2006 and is a two-day event held each year on a Friday and Saturday. Previous themes have included “The Call of the West,” with professionals portraying Kit Carson, Jessie Benton Fremont, Teddy Roosevelt, and Marie Curie; and “Lighten Up”, which featured portrayals of American humorists Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and Will Rogers. To view the full schedule for this year’s series, click here.
Durango Chautauqua – September 20-21, 2017
This series will feature portrayals of famous Americans known for their courage and leadership at pivotal decision points in American history. William Worley, history professor and Chautauquan, will portray James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and Rebecca Stone, scholar and Chautauquan , will present, “A Great American Journey: Harriet Tubman.” Tubman