Project Description

Durango Chautauqua

“Chautauqua” takes its name from the 18th and 19th century tent gatherings that brought together citizens to engage in thoughtful discourse on a variety of topics. An annual two-day program of living history portrayals that inspire middle and high school and adult audiences to engage in thoughtful discourse with presenters in and out of character. In addition to Colorado Humanities, sponsorship is provided by the Durango Herald and the Durango Arts Center.

Tuesday, September 10 – Friday, September 13, 2019. Confirmed characters: Nikola Tesla (Doug Mishler) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Susan Marie Frontczak) at the Durango Arts Center, with additional daytime programs in schools or with select groups of potential friends for the program. Partners include The Durango Herald and The Life-Long Learning Series at Fort Lewis College.

Living History Portrayals

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Special thanks to our sponsors

Maria’s Bookshop

Upcoming Events

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Conversation Series – Ford-Warren

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on March 14, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on March 21, 2019 at 5:30pm

Conversation Series – Lakewood

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on March 23, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on March 30, 2019 at 10:00am

Smoky Hill Library

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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