High Plains Chautauqua
Tuesday, August 1- Saturday, August 5, 2017, with the theme "Echoes of World War I."
Aims Community College and various other venues in Greeley, Colorado
High Plains Chautauqua engages all ages. In addition to nightly performances, daytime programs for adults and hands-on activities for children are featured. Young Chautauqua scholars present their living history portrayals as a culmination of months of independent research.
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into the First World War, the 2017 program will examine both America's participation in the war and its continuing impact on the lives of all Americans. This epic event not only ushered in the age of modern warfare but also gave rise to a new economic, political and cultural world order.
Audiences will meet the following characters:
Mustafa Kema Atatürk (1881-1938): Out of the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, Atatürk founded the Republic of Turkey. He created a modern state that would grow under his successors into a viable democracy.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937): Edith Wharton was the first female Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel The Age of Innocence. She worked tirelessly to aid France, her adopted home, during WWI: collecting money and supplies, writing articles, and establishing aid societies.
General John "Black Jack" Pershing (1860-1948): Supreme Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I, Pershing modeled what it meant to be a modern American military officer.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965): Although best known for his leadership as Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II, Churchill played several important roles during and after World War I that greatly influenced the tactics and weaponry employed during the war and affected the re-mapping of the Middle East after the war.
Emily Griffith (1868-1947): Founder of The Opportunity School in Denver, Emily Griffith believed everyone deserved an education regardless of age, race, gender, or background. Her school was a place where children and adults, especially immigrants, could come to learn during the day or night.
Ellis Meredith (1865-1955): Admired for her spirit and organization advocated for woman suffrage in her daily column in the Rocky Mountain News, in 1893 Ellis Meregith helped Colorado became the first state in which men voted for and approved woman suffrage.
Dr. Susan Anderson (1870-1960): Dr. Anderson moved to Fraser, Colorado gravely ill from tuberculosis and survived. Dedicated to public health, 'Doc Susie' dealt with the mysterious, deadly Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 that spread like wildfire during the last months of The Great War.
Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970): A soldier in the German army during World War I haunted by his experience, Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front, considered one of the greatest war novels of all time.
President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924): Initially determined to keep America out of the First World War, Wilson eventually provided energetic leadership mobilizing the American people for the war effort. In 1919, he championed the creation of a League of Nations.
Emma Goldman (1869-1940): A fiery orator and gifted writer, Emma Goldman was a polarizing figure either admired for her rebellious activism or denounced as a dangerous anarchist.
Herbert Hoover (1874-196): As head of the Food Administration during World War I and later chief of the American Relief Administration, Hoover earned worldwide acclaim for his humanitarian efforts. Yet as president at the beginning of the Great Depression, his policies failed to provide relief for desperate citizens.
Sergeant Henry Johnson (1892-1929): An African American, Johnson was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Honor in 2015 for his heroic efforts during World War I. He was named "one of the five bravest soldiers in the war" by former President Theodore Roosevelt.
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Richard and Mary Kemme Family Foundation