A week for History Lovers: Days 3,4, and 5

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Rachel Faulkner writes, My most sincere apologies on not updating this web site on the High Plains Chautauqua events.

My most sincere apologies on not updating this web site on the High Plains Chautauqua events. I was postponed due to the fact that I was unable to find a computer with internet fast enough to fulfill my needs. Therefore, I am most regrettably behind in my reports. On Thursday night last week, three talented performers lit up the stage under the Big Tent – Frances Harper, an African-American women’s suffragist of the late nineteenth century, Henry David Thoreau, a nature-filled writer, and Susan B. Anthony, another famous name in the history of women’s suffrage. All three performers were absolutely superb and had wonderful voices that you could listen to forever. The next day, I attended several daytime lectures in downtown Greeley – first off, I listened to a writer named Mark Twain (ring a bell, bookworms?) give a speech on his book Roughing It, followed by a delightful portrayal of three other suffragists including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, performed by the same actress as Susan B. Anthony. That night, I was treated to three more fascinating portrayals. First off was Horace Greeley, a notable newspaperman and the namesake for my city. Next came the Native American Zitkala-Sa, portrayed by Jeanne Eder. While this was interesting in itself, the actress appeared to be slightly narrow-minded and unwilling to pardon “the white man”, even when she was out of character. However, I still was interested in her performance, and then in the stunningly witty portrayal of Thomas Alva Edison. The next day, my sister and I spent the day being entertained at the Big Tent, where we watched Mark Twain on trial, Annie Oakley shooting some balloons, Victorian dancers parading around, and a reenactment of a Civil War encampment in the athletic field. All of the actors and actresses were brilliant, and we were very entertained. Finally, that night, closing night, we watched as Mark Twain told us all about his life. While we enjoyed this performance immensely, we were surprised, and rather amused, at how difficult it was for the actor to get out of character. In my mind, that made the ending night a million times more fascinating. And then, it was over. We were slightly depressed that we would not be watching Chautauqua again for a whole year, but ready to wait out the long year for the next performances. I hope that my retelling has entertained you as much as the real thing entertains me, and I encourage everyone to come out next year to the greatest Chautauqua in all of America.

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  1. You write words that make…
    You write words that make you sound like an adult. And for me that is a good thing.

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