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What is Chautauqua? - It's History Alive!

If you like to be held spellbound, entertained, and enlightened - you're going to love Chautauqua.

Historic figures you have only read about in books appear on stage, and you question them - no holds barred!  Laugh with Mark Twain. Get arrested with Rosa Parks. Walk the Trail of Tears. Debate the Constitution with its makers. 

Nationally acclaimed historical interpreters make sure you, the audience, are always a part of the show. And to top it off the shows are FREE!

In the June Chautauqua Alive Festival "Rising to the Occasion" you'll get to meet Harry Truman, Clara Barton, Robert Smalls and Patrick Henry.    More . . .


Coming Events  / RosaParksBus

Rosa Parks Show (Spartanburg)

performed by Becky Stone
Thursday April 24 at 7pm
Headquarters Library
151 S Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306-3241 | MAP  
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Patrick Henry Discussion / 14CartoonHenry

led by Cynthia King
Tuesday May 6 at 7pm

Hughes Main Library, Greenville |  MAP

How - before there was social media, television, radio, or even good roads - did a single speech so inspire the imagination of a people? In this discussion Dr. Cynthia King delves into the turbulent historical background and powerful ideas of Patrick Henry's speeches.  More . . .


June Festival 13 - 22, 2014 | Rising to the Occasion

25 FREE shows and more, performed by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. Non-stop live history and fun for the whole family.  Invite your out-of-town guests. They can't see this where they come from.

More . . .             Tour packages . . .                    2013 Festival Download pdf