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Thursday, September 8, 2022Friday, September 9, 2022 outside the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes
AND
Saturday, September 10, 2022Sunday, September 11, 2022
outside the New Castle Court House Museum in New Castle


*Programs – Live and Livestreamed

*Entertaining and Educational

*Experiences for All Ages

*Interact with Historical Legends!

All programs are free and open to the public.

NOTE: All programs are in-person and some will be livestreamed on You Tube and/or Facebook. Please look over the schedule of events for additional information and to learn if a particular program is being livestreamed.

If you need assistance or have any questions regarding events presented at the Zwaanendael Museum please email: Zmuseum@delaware.gov.

For questions about events presented at the New Castle Court House Museum, please email: NCCHmuseum@delaware.gov.

Schedule of Events:

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

Zwaanendael Museum:

New Castle Court House Museum:

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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 2022 Delaware Chautauqua is co-sponsored by Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the New Castle Historical Society. Partial funding is provided by Delaware Humanities.

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Banner for the 24th annual Chautauqua