Bill Grimmette as Frederick DouglassIt’s not apple pie. It’s not quilting, baseball, or rock n’ roll, either. No, the most American thing in America, according to former president Teddy Roosevelt, is Chautauqua.

Chautau-what?

Before television, radio, and car travel, cultural and educational entertainment was not easily attained by folks living in rural areas. In 1874 at Lake Chautauqua in upstate New York, “Chautauqua” was born, a week-long event packed with music, lectures, and other cultural opportunities. Its popularity gave birth to a movement, and towns all over America hosted Chautauqua events up until the mid-1920s.

Experience the resurgence of this American tradition, right here in Cecil County! Join us this Saturday, July 7th at 6 PM at the Elkton library to see Frederick Douglass come to life.

Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, and actor will present as Frederick Douglass, one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century. 2018 is the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” as it marks the bicentennial celebration of his birth.

Reserve your spot today by calling the Elkton Central Library at 410-996-5600 x 481, or by registering online.

Chautauqua is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council. To find out about other Chautauqua performances across the state, visit the Maryland Humanities website. You can also check out our Fourth of July Reads, or our book list about Frederick Douglass.


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