Engaging first-person living history portrayals by scholars in period costumes dramatize the experiences of historical figures. By choosing a speaker from our vetted list of scholars, local communities throughout Colorado may enjoy high-quality humanities programs hosted by libraries, schools, museums, conferences, churches, professional and other organizations.
Host partners then schedule the event directly with the author, pay travel expenses, may contribute to honorarium (paid by Colorado Humanities) and work with us to promote the event. When planning to host a Chautauqua speaker, please review the list below of possible speakers and contact Colorado Humanities History Programs Coordinator Jennifer Macias at email@example.com or 303.894.7951 x17.
What Others Are Saying
“What better way to learn about a time in history than to see and hear someone portray a person from a particular place and time.” – Rangeview Library District in Thornton audience member
Susan Marie Frontczak has given over 850 presentations as Marie Curie, Mary Shelley, Irene Castle, Clara Barton, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Erma Bombeck across 43 of the United States, and abroad in her 22 years as a Living History scholar. She also works with both adults and youth to develop their own Chautauqua presentations. Susan Marie authored the Young Chautauqua coaching handbooks for Colorado Humanities and coaches students 3rd through 12 grades. In 2022 she joined the faculty of the new Chautauqua Training Institute run through North Dakota Humanities that is coaching a dozen new Chautauqua scholars from across the country.