2011 High Plains Chautauqua Coming Up in August 2-6!
This year's High Plains Chautauqua in Greeley, "Visionaries at Home and Abroad," will be held Aug. 2-6 at Aims Community College campus and other Greeley venues. Unique to this year, "Visions of Weld County & Northern Colorado," an all-day symposium on Aug. 1 in honor of Weld County's 150th anniversary, will be a special kick-off for the week-long High Plains Chautauqua events. Programs will feature first-person portrayals of 19th and early 20th century men and women who proved to be remarkable - the nine historical figures featured during the evening programs were truly visionaries. W.E.B. Du Bois campaigned for increased political representation for African Americans to guarantee civil rights. Emily Dickinson has been considered the greatest American poet, an eccentric and a genius. Margaret Fuller laid groundwork for the women's rights revolution and pioneered the way for women journalists. Historian Henry Adams was a humanities scholar and a student of geology and physics who said that Curies' work in radium meant that the "world could blow itself up." 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Using radioactive isotopes, she directed the world's first studies into the treatment of cancer. President Abraham Lincoln is remembered for the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, freeing all slaves after leading the nation through a devastating civil war, the Morrill Act, the Homestead Act, a transcontinental railroad and the words "In God We Trust" on our coinage. The other notable visionaries at HPC will be Charles Darwin, C.S. Lewis and Walt Whitman.
Daytime programs will include a presentation by Young Chautauqua scholars. To commemorate Weld County's 150th anniversary, HPC will hold a special pre-event symposium on Aug. 1 to highlight Weld's visionaries of the past 150 years and visions for its future. Events are free.
The Aug. 1 all-day symposium is also free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To attend, please register by contacting the Greeley Convention and Visitors Bureau at (970)352-3567.
Click here for more information about High Plains Chautauqua week-long schedule and the Aug. 1 symposium.