Project Description

Two Rivers Chautauqua

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.

Thursday, September 12 – Saturday September 14, 2019 the festival will focus on the 1950s and 1960s in the Avalon Theater, Grand Junction.  Admission is $6. Characters under consideration: Minnie Pearl, Walter Cronkite, Branch Rickey, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Disney, Jackie Robinson, Julia Child, Robert Frost, and Martin Luther King. The Program Committee would like to include three people from the Grand Valley Living History Program in their daytime programs and are planning a Kick-Off Event on Thursday, September 12 with Greeley’s George Gray & the Elvis Experience Band.

You’ll probably notice that some of our Chautauquans portray very well-known American icons; others are not so well-known. We believe that part of the fun of Chautauqua is learning more about our country’s history through historical figures we may not know so well, or at all. Previous themes have included “The Call of the West,” with professionals portraying Kit Carson, Jessie Benton Fremont, Teddy Roosevelt, and Marie Curie; and “Lighten Up”, which featured portrayals of American humorists Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and Will Rogers.

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2017 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

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Favorite Living History Portrayals

August 5 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Favorite Living History Portrayals

August 6 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Favorite Living History Portrayals

August 7 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Favorite Living History Portrayals

August 8 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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