Project Description

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua (formerly Two Rivers Chautauqua) got its start in 2006, thanks to the Museum of Western Colorado, Colorado Humanities, and local donors. It is a two-day event held each year on a Friday and Saturday.

The 2020 festival, “The 19th Amendment and All that Jazz,” will be postponed to 2021 at the Avalon in Grand Junction. Confirmed Characters are Doug Mishler as Reverend Billy Sunday, Mary Jane Bradbury as Jeannette Rankin, Becky Stone as Josephine Baker, and the Grand Valley History Players.

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Two Rivers Chautauqua

Today, Chautauqua has been reinvented as a way to bring the humanities, especially history, back to life. Organizations across the country bring in professional scholar-actors (Chautauquans) who portray historical characters then answer questions in and out of character. These modern-day Chautauquas are usually sponsored by state humanities councils.

Special thanks to our sponsors

Lois and Edward Gardner

Upcoming Events

Join Colorado Humanities in our upcoming events

High Plains Chautauqua

August 2 - August 5

COSHARP Grants Open Applications

August 2 @ 12:00 am - September 10 @ 11:59 pm


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