Sign interpretation is provided at the following Chautauqua History Alive shows.

All Chautauqua sign-interpreted shows are absolutely FREE!

Historic figures you have only read about in books appear onstage, and you can question them – no holds barred!

Questions from the Deaf Community are encouraged and will be signed. Two interpreters sign at each show. Sign interpretation provided by Katy Schneider’s Interpreter Express.

If you would like to reserve seating near the interpreters, please call 864-244-1499 or email

Harriet Tubman, “General,” Scout and Spy | Portrayed by Becky Stone

Saturday June 16 at 2pm – Free Show –  

Greenville Technical College, TRC Auditorium at main entrance, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville

Harriet Tubman is best known for escaping slavery and helping others to do the same along the famed Underground Railroad. But no single act in Tubman’s life would free more people than the Combahee River Raid, right here in South Carolina.What kind of courage does it take for a fugitive slave to return to the South to serve the Union army without pay – nurse the wounded – sneak into Confederate South Carolina to spy and recruit slaves – and ultimately lead soldiers with Col James Montgomery to raid rice plantations along the Combahee River in South Carolina freeing 700 or more slaves?


Alice Paul, Iron-Jawed Angel | Portrayed by Leslie Goddard

Sunday June 17 at 2pm – Free Show –  

Greenville Technical College, TRC Auditorium at main entrance, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, FREE

How did a nice young Quaker woman with BA from Swarthmore and an MA & PhD from U Penn, end up being force-fed in a city jail and confined to a prison psychiatric ward? As the psychiatrist who examined her said: “Courage in women is often mistaken for Insanity.”

Alice Paul and her “Silent Sentinels” were beaten, jailed and force-fed on their crusade to obtain the right to vote for American women. Their charge for arrest: blocking traffic. In 1923 she proposed an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. She fought for it until her death in 1977. A revised version was passed by Congress in 1974, but has yet to be ratified.


Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox | portrayed by Ken Johnston

Friday June 22 at 7:30pm – Free Show –  

Outdoors under the Chautauqua Tent at Greenville Technical College, use parking lot at 800 E Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29607. Chairs provided under the tent. Rain site: Bldg 104 UT Auditorium (behind the Tent.)  Preshow entertainment by: TBA

Join the crafty and elusive, Francis Marion as he outwits the British in the American Revolution. Marion’s devastating guerilla warfare that earned him the title of “Swamp Fox.” Although virtually in a sea of enemies, Marion and militia leaders Thomas Sumter and Andrew Pickens kept resistance alive in South Carolina until the Continental Army could recapture the region.

Meet the Man behind the Myth, the unquestioned leader of, as Dr. Walter Edger pointed out, “a ragged band of both black and white volunteers” who just kept fighting until the Revolution was won.


Winston Churchill, British Bulldog | Portrayed by Larry Bounds

Saturday June 23 at 2pm – Free Show –  

Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St, Pelzer, SC

How did Winston Churchill rise above the personal tragedies and frustrations of his own life to rally the people of his beloved English-speaking world – when defeat seemed inescapable – to deny the oppression of Totalitarianism?

“We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”


Clara Barton, Angel of the Battlefield | Portrayed by Leslie Goddard

Sunday June 24 at 2pm – Free Show –  

Greenville Technical College, TRC Auditorium at main entrance, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville,

When remembered at all, Clara Barton is remembered as the founder of the American Red Cross, one of the world’s premiere medical aid organizations. Her Civil War efforts inspired that work and transformed her – and other Americans’ – beliefs about women’s competence and role in society.

In overcoming ingrained convictions about female propriety, she helped bring about profound changes in American women’s lives, especially nursing, which became an acceptable profession for women after the war. What is more, the war gave Barton a chance to prove that she had character, firmness of purpose and a determination to expand the limits of what was possible.