Chautauqua was an adult and family education movement that was highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, bringing entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. At the turn of the century, Gainesville was home to an incredibly successful event, but it had fallen away by 1918.
Now, it’s back! The History Center is proud to present the New Gainesville Chautauqua, a summer series of Living History Character performances taking place this June, July and August.
The “Becoming America” Series begins Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Northeast Georgia History Center Amphitheatre.
“Becoming America” explores how our nation came to be and how it changes in response to the needs – and actions – of its people.
The schedule and topics for the series is as follows:
June 14 – Patrick Henry, portrayed by the History Center’s Curator of Education Ken Johnston
July 12 – Abigail Adams, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg’s Abigail Schumann
August 9 – Harriet Tubman, portrayed by History Center Associate Artist Chiara Richardson
For more information, visit the History Center’s website at http://www.negahc.org/articles/events/detail/id/361/ or call 770.297.5900.