Banner for the 24th annual Chautauqua

New Castle Court House Museum Facebook livestream and in-person on the New Castle Green

All programs are free. Programs are offered in-person and some via Facebook livestream.

“Songs of a Grateful People” — Performance by Dr. Valarie Boyer – 12 p.m.

Writer, educator and actor Dr. Valarie Boyer will sing and talk about the Underground Railroad Tale of a Freedom Seeker in song.

Join this program in-person at The Green behind the New Castle Court House Museum or on Facebook.

“Those Alluring Accessories” — Lecture by Karen Jesse 1:15 p.m.

Award winning writer and educator, Karen Jesse will discuss the history of women’s fashion accessories from the 12th century to present.

This program is funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Join this program in-person at The Green behind the New Castle Court House Museum or on Facebook.

“Amos and Andy: The African American Struggle in Radio, Television and Film” — Lecture by Jim Stoddard 2:30 p.m.

Radio, television and film actor Jim Stoddard will discuss the Amos and Andy show.

Join this program in-person at The Green behind the New Castle Court House Museum or on Facebook.

“History of Comics” — Lecture by Joe Murray 3:45 p.m.

Joe Murray from Captain Blue Hen Comics will discuss the history of comics as a visual art form.

Join this program in-person at The Green behind the New Castle Court House Museum or on Facebook.

Ichabod Crane – Portrayed by Neill Hartley of the American Historical Theatre 5:00 p.m.

Neill Hartley will appear as Ichabod Crane, a character from Washington Irving’s story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” A busy actor, director, spokesperson and teacher, Hartley serves on the faculty of Temple University where he teaches acting, and at the University of the Arts where he teaches speech and voice, and is much in demand as a speech and dialect coach for several professional theaters. A much sought-after actor, Hartley has performed with a variety of companies including the Arden Theater, InterAct Theatre and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, and is the winner of a Barrymore Award for Ensemble for 1812 Productions’ “Batboy, The Musical.”

Besides teaching, coaching and acting, Hartley is a busy director for theaters that include Philadelphia Young Playwrights, University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Arcadia University, Isis Productions, the Brick Theater and the Luna Theater; and is artistic director for Acting Without Boundaries. The AFTRA/SAG/CORE theater professional joined the American Historical Theatre in 2000 with his one-person shows. His programs have been tremendously popular at theaters and venues that include (what’s now) the Tweeter Center, Academy of Music, Act II Playhouse, Walnut Street Theater Studio 3, Congress Hall, Smithsonian Institution and the American Glider Council, as well as just about every library and civic group in New Jersey for his Ichabod Crane program each October.

Neill Hartley as Ichabod Crane
Neill Hartley as Ichabod Crane

Join this program in-person at The Green behind the New Castle Court House Museum.