Brown County’s Bicentennial Chautauqua

Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt said that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”

The Brown County Chautauquas were held at the Brown County Fairgrounds in the old wooden grandstands. Now we will relive the experience of Chautauqua once again at the Brown County Fairgrounds while we celebrate the Brown County Bicentennial.

Admission is free to the events set for June 21-23. The program will include the National Anthem by Rep. Doug Green each night, music 7:30 p.m., and historical characters 8:30 p.m., with music by Deann Kelley Kropf and Ursuline Mother Superior Julia Chatfield portrayed by Judge Margaret Clark on June 21; and music by Harriet Jackson Groh and Sandy Eversole and John Parker portrayed by Anthony Gibbs on June 22; On June 23 at 5 p.m., Gen. Thomas Hamer Memorial will be conducted at the cemetery at the fairgrounds followed by music by the Liberty Band at 6:30 p.m., Civil War Revue Band at 7:30 p.m. and U.S. Grant portrayed by Dr. Curt Fields at 8:30 p.m.

For more information: Ned Lodwick 937-446-3226

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