Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Link List - Chautauqua

The Oklahoma Chautauqua (a week long of learning) is presented by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.  The theme this year is "Behind the Screen: Hollywood's impact on American culture." Our five scholars are: Doug Mishler (portraying Jack Warner), Ilene Evans (Ethel Waters),  John Anderson (William Faulkner), Charles Pace (Gordon Parks) and William Worley (Bob Hope).

So what is a Chautauqua?  Here's a page from the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture which explains it.

Chautauqua Tent and Buggies, postage stamp art by John Falter
I found this great postage stamp that portrays an old-time Chautauqua!  Isn't the art wonderful?

You can come and  listen to famous people who have lectured in the past at the Chautauqua Institution.  People like Jane Goodall, David Kozak, Alan Simpson, and Jesse Jackson.

This year, our town's Chautauqua didn't meet under a big tent, like we've done in the past.  Last year, the temperatures were over 100 degrees and everyone decided it would be better to meet in the new City Hall, which is actually the old high school.  During the day, the local university and the museum (where I work) were they venues for the workshops.  I always love attending the workshops!

All through the month of June, our five scholars traveled around the state, performing and lecturing about their characters.  Here's our state's Chautauqua homepage.

Does your state put on a Chautauqua?  You can search the internet and find out.  Maybe even get your town involved!
The Library of Congress has historic photographs of Iowa's traveling Chautauqua in its collection.  How great to capture history like that!  

Tonight we hear from Bob Hope... our last performance.  It's been a great week!  Afterwards, the committee is having a "closing party" for the scholars.  Don't know what next year's theme will be, but I'll make sure the Museum will be involved!  


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

These always look like so much fun! I'm glad to see Iowa mentioned :) I've not heard of it in my area, but I'll definitely do some research!

Erika said...

That is interesting. I was wondering earlier how you were going to see Bob. And how great that they take their talent around the state.

Rose said...

This sounds like such a neat experience! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kathleen said...

Looks like a lot of fun - thanks for sharing =)

Judy Nolan said...

I never heard of a chatauqua before--I wonder if Iowa has anything like it. It sounds like a wonderful tradition!

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