Piqua Chautauqua 2017

09/19/2017 - 09/21/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park, Piqua

The dates for this event will be September 19, 20 & 21, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will take place at Hance Pavilion.

The Piqua Chautauqua actually has a history in Piqua when the Piqua Community Chautauqua Association held their first festival at Fountain Park in 1912.  The festival grew in popularity and after World War I, a permanent pavilion was built, and today is known as Hance Pavilion.  Bringing back this wonderful event simply makes sense for the residents of Piqua.

What is a Chautauqua?  It began as any traveling show and local assembly that flourished in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays.  Today’s Chautauqua’s are very similar; hiring humanities scholars who perform as 1st person historical figures while providing entertainment, and light refreshments.

The entertainers are well known for their historical performances around the county. They include Karen Vuranch, storyteller, actress, and writer.  She is known best for her living history presentations of famous American women.  On September 19th, Karen Vuranch will be portraying Edith Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize novelist best known for The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome.

Charles Pace tours the country reenacting the lives of some of America’s most influential figures including Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X.  On September 20th, Charles Pace will take the stage as W.E.B. DuBois, a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist and a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909.

Paul Vickery, Ph.D. is a professor of history at Oral Roberts University.  Vickery has presented historical characters such as Henry Ford and Bishop Francis Asbury around the country and on September 21st, he will portray Woodrow Wilson as he went against his campaign promise to keep us out of WWI.

Mark your calendars now for this wonderful Piqua Chautauqua series, September 19, 20 & 21, 2017 at Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park.  For further information, please contact Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355.