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 2018 Maryland Chautauqua theme is “Seeking Justice”. To commemorate its 24th season, Maryland Humanities celebrates the contributions to the search for justice by bringing three historical activists to life on the Chautauqua stage:

Frederick Douglass, a writer, orator, and abolitionist, was one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century. During the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the bicentennial celebration of his birth, this Maryland icon will be portrayed by Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker who has appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, and Benjamin Banneker at Chautauquas in Maryland, Colorado, and South Carolina.

Eleanor Roosevelt, a humanitarian, diplomat, and the longest serving First Lady in American history, was also an important advocate for justice. She will be portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak, a writer, speaker, living history presenter, and storyteller. Frontczak has appeared throughout the United States as Marie Curie, Clara Barton, Mary Shelley, and Irene Castle.

Thurgood Marshall was a civil rights activist from Baltimore who broke barriers as the lead NAACP attorney in Brown v. Board of Education and as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. He will be portrayed by Brian Anthony Wilson, a film and television actor and producer who will perform a scene from the play Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr., followed by a dialogue with Lenneal Henderson. Henderson is an internationally recognized scholar who brought Marshall to life in the 2010 Maryland Humanities Chautauqua tour.

Check out the council’s website to learn more.