High Plains Chautauqua
Tuesday, August 6 - Saturday, August 10, 2013, with the theme "Exploring Boundaries". See the full schedule here.
Aims Community College and various other venues in Greeley, Colorado
Participants from ages 8 to 80 come from all along the Front Range, from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. Even out-of-state Chautauqua fans now schedule their vacations with Colorado friends and relatives to coincide with the week of High Plains Chautauqua.
In the new Chautauqua tradition, scholars portray significant historical figures in first-person performances followed by Q & A with the character and then Q & A with the scholar. High Plains Chautauqua (HPC) is an annual multiple-day event that recreates the traveling tent Chautauqua of the late 1890s to early 1900s.
In 2013, the theme will be "Exploring Boundaries". Boundaries are not just lines on a map; there are boundaries of the mind, of beliefs and cultures, of science and of ethics. Featured individuals will include Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Carnegie, Booker T. Washington, Francisco Pizarro, Margaret Mead, Carl Jung, Mary Shelley, Captain William Clark and Amelia Earhart.
Daytime programs for adults and youth complement the theme with hands-on activities, storytelling, discussion groups, lectures, exhibits, live music, and other entertainment. In addition to Young Chautauqua performances by Greeley students all day Wednesday, specially selected Young Chautauquans will present cameo portrayals alongside the professional Chautauquans on Tuesday evening.
Program goals are to build a community that gathers under the Chautauqua tent to hear and dialogue with notable characters from history in order to gain a deeper understanding of history and of ourselves.
Free - Donations appreciated!