June 15 - 20, 1998
In the early 1900's, Chautauqua was known as a traveling "tent show" presenting music, oratory, and other entertainment across the United States. Chautauqua evolved from a religious training program at Lake Chautauqua, in western New York state. Teddy Roosevelt stated, "Chautauqua is the most American thing in America!"
A modern version of Chautauqua was presented in Malden, Mo., during the week of June 15 - 20, 1998, sponsored by Illinois Humanities Council, Missouri Humanities Council, and the Communities of Missouri and Illinois.
In "Voices of America," Laura Ingalls Wilder (Linda Howell) made presentions, along with Willa Cather (Lynne Swanson), Henry David Thoreau (Kevin Radaker), "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Eric Sorg), and Emily Dickinson (Emma Palzere).
I attended the last two events, and got a few photos of the entertainers, and the "Voices."
The "Sons of the Western Bootheel"
Col. William F. Cody
as portrayed by Eric V. Sorg
as portrayed by Emma Palzere
|Information about Chautauqua can be found on the Missouri Humanities Council web site.|
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