Join us for this FREE virtual event: The 22nd Annual Chautauqua More Info
Thursday September 10, 2020 – Friday September 11, 2020
Saturday September 19, 2020 – Sunday September 20, 2020
*Programs – Virtual via Zoom
*Entertaining & Educational
*Experiences for All Ages
*Interact with Historical Legends!
All programs are free and open to the first 100 registrants!
NOTE: this event is being held through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER for each individual program at the link (in blue) following each program description listing on the schedule to receive instructions for viewing each session.
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Chautauqua: Past and Present Chautauqua takes its name from a series of adult education programs first held at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y. during the late 19th century. Chautauquas spread throughout America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries bringing speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day to a wide cross-section of the nation’s rural and small-town population.
Circuit Chautauquas (also known as Tent Chautauquas) would be presented in tents pitched in a field near town. After several days, the Chautauqua would fold its tents and move on to the next community. Reborn in the 1970s as a vehicle for humanities education, modern Chautauquas are organized around a core program in which re-enactors take on the persona of celebrated historical figures, speaking and interacting with audiences. The 2020 Delaware Chautauqua is co-sponsored by The New Castle Historical Society, Delaware Humanities, and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
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