Delaware's 23rd Annual Chautauqua - The I's Have It: Industry, Innovation, and Invention Banner

Thursday September 9th, 2021 – Friday September 10th, 2021
Saturday September 11th, 2021 – Sunday September 12, 2021

*Programs – Virtual via Zoom

*Entertaining & Educational

*Experiences for All Ages

*Interact with Historical Legends!

All programs are free! Zoom programs are open to the first 100 registrants. Participants attending in-person programming must bring their own chairs.

NOTE: all programs with the New Castle Court House Museum are in-person! Please look over the schedule of events for additional information and to learn if a particular program is being livestreamed.

Many parts of this event are being held through Zoom. Where indicated you MUST REGISTER for an individual program at the link (in blue) following each program description listing on the schedule to receive instructions for viewing each session. 

If you have need assistance with registration or getting your Zoom invitation or have any questions regarding events through the Zwaanendael Museum please email:

For question about events through the New Castle Court House Museum, please email:

Since this event has both in-person and online programs please check individual program listings to know the format. Online program URLs will be sent via registration email. 

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Schedule of Events:

Please select a date below to view event details for that day as well as to register!

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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 2021 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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Chautauqua banner featuring images, left to right, of Madame C.J. Walker, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell