Project Description

Young Chautauqua

In Young Chautauqua, a nationally-recognized Colorado program, young scholars portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars–in and out of character–engage audiences in lively discussions with people from the past, and then provide insight into historical study. Students in grades 4 through 12 throughout Colorado participate in our Young Chautauqua program.

In a series of Young Chautauqua workshops, coaches and students immerse themselves in the writings and lives of historical characters through research, rehearsal, and performance. A student selects an inspiring person in history who possesses the qualities, values, and often life circumstances that they can identify with in their own life, then researches the character, develops a monologue, and portrays the character’s personality and ideology, while telling the stories of life-changing events that molded their lives. This portrayal is presented in front of an audience of their peers.

Young Chautauqua raises student interest and knowledge of American history by providing opportunities to practice research and public speaking while being mentored by Young Chautauqua coaches. The program builds self-esteem and reveals insight into life choices and challenges.

Available statewide to grades 4 – 12.  Currently in, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Greeley, and Estes Park.

Teacher Testimonials
Participating Schools

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The series of workshops is flexible and can be customized to the needs of the sponsoring agency/school (e.g., meeting once weekly or biweekly; meeting for four weeks to meeting for ten weeks; meeting during school time to meeting after school hours)

Free to participants and attendees; a negotiable cost-share is required for implementation.

To host a Young Chautauqua program at your organization or school, contact Betty Jo Brenner, Program Coordinator, 303.894.7951 x17 or Click below for information about the Young Chautauqua Coaches.


Special thanks to our sponsors

Bacon Family FoundationExchange Club of GreeleyPoudre River Trail Corridor, Inc.Individual contributionsMany schools provide cost share

Upcoming Events

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Veterans Writing Workshop Online

August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 30, 2020

History Live Durango
PIVOT: Skateboard Deck Art

September 1
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until September 30, 2020


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