"A unique combination of theatre and history under a tent - reminiscent of the early 20th century tent Chautauqua"

"A wonderful way to spend a beautiful Colorado evening outdoors. Even the occasional evening shower adds to the atmosphere."

"Great way to spark my kids' interest in history and the humanities."

Tuesday, August 1-Saturday, August 5, 2017
"Echoes of World War I"

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 and talk with the following characters:

Out of the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) founded the Republic of Turkey. He created a modern state that would grow under his successors into a viable democracy.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) 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 by collecting money and supplies, writing articles, and establishing aid societies.

As Supreme Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I, General John "Black Jack" Pershing (1860-1948) modeled what it meant to be a modern American military officer.

Although best known for his leadership as Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II, Winston Churchill (1874-1965) 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.

Founder of The Opportunity School in Denver, Emily Griffith (1868-1947) 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 at night.

Admired for her spirit and organization, Ellis Meredith (1865-1955) advocated for women's suffrage in her daily column in the Rocky Mountain News.  In 1893 Ellis Meredith helped Colorado became the first state where men voted for and approved women's suffrage.

Dr. Susan Anderson (1870-1960) 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) was a soldier in the German army during World War I. Haunted by his experience, he wrote All Quiet on the Western Front, considered one of the greatest war novels of all time.

President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was initially determined to keep America out of the First World War but eventually provided  energetic leadership mobilizing the American people for the war effort. In 1919, he championed the creation of a League of Nations.

A fiery orator and gifted writer, Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was a polarizing figure either admired for her rebellious activism or denounced as a dangerous anarchist.

As head of the Food Administration during World War I and later chief of the American Relief Administration, Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 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.

African-American Sergeant Henry Johnson (1892-1929) 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.

All events are free. Donations appreciated, all the same!

The full schedule is here and more information may be found at http://www.highplainschautauqua.org

Click here for a brief history of the Chautauqua movement.

Thank you to our sponsors!



Richard and Mary Kemme Family Foundation