What is Ohio Chautauqua?
Building on the 19th-century tradition established on New York's Chautauqua Lake, Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind experience that the entire community will enjoy.
After their debut in 1874 as a summer class for Sunday school teachers, Chautauqua assemblies quickly expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. Chautauqua assemblies brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day.
By 1915, at the height of the Chautauqua movement, nearly 12,000 communities had hosted a Chautauqua. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the movement died out. Only a handful of independent Chautauquas survived and are thriving again while others are being resurrected. leading the way, several state humanities councils have organized Chautauquas over the last two decades. Ohio Humanities established Ohio Chautauqua in 1999; the tour now travels to four towns in the state each summer.
Ohio Humanities promotes the humanities through public programs, grants, and community projects to help individuals and communities explore, share, and be inspirited by the human experience. Ohio Chautauqua, a program of Ohio Humanities, is a memorable event that will enrich, delight, and entertain every generation. Daytime activities feature stimulating adult programs and hands-on workshops for youth hosted by local community organizations. Each evening, family and friends gather as live music fills then air, then a talented performer appears on stage, bring a historic figure to life through personal stories and historic detail. This enriching and delightfully entertaining experience is perfect for every generation. With its warm, nostalgic vibe, this truly unique experience is sure to open minds and start conversations.
Youth Workshops at 10:00 AM
Adult Workshops at 1:00 PM
Museum & Grounds open at 5:00 PM
Live Music begins at 6:00 PM
Performances begin at 7:00 PM
June 7 - Mary Shelley
June 8 - Theodore Roosevelt
June 9 - Dian Fossey
June 10 - Chief Cornstalk
June 11 - Marie Curie
Check KelsoHouse.org for daily events and workshops.
For Questions about this event, please contact the Kelso House Museum Office.