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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear famous historical figures talk about their experiences and accomplishments . . . in real life? Join Maryland Humanities at our annual Chautauqua and meet celebrated figures from our nation’s past, then talk with them about their lives, ideas, and impact.

Since 1995, when Maryland’s Chautauqua began at Garrett College, this summer event has spread to six locations, providing free programs for communities in every region of the state. Chautauqua combines scholarship and performance to present an interactive program that engages thousands of Marylanders in thoughtful dialogue

DATES are July 5-6-7
in the Garrett College Auditorium

Performances will start at 7:30 with warm up performances beginning at 7:00 pm.



2017 Chautauqua

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.”  With these words, President Woodrow Wilson asked the United States Congress to declare war on Germany. For nearly three years, war raged in Europe after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria sparked a diplomatic crisis.Despite attempts to remain neutral, because of various acts of aggression by Germany, including the death of 128 Americans in the German attack on the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania, the United States officially entered World War I in April 1917.

For our 23rd season, we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War as three World War I-era figures come to life on the Chautauqua stage.

July 5 – General John Pershing, portrayed by Doug Mishler

July 6 – WEB DuBois, portrayed by Bill Grimmette

July 7 – Woodrow Wilson, portrayed by Judd Bankert


Additional  information to be announced at a later date.




2017 Chautauqua Sponsors

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