Virtual Chautauqua Starts Tonight Hosted by Bishop Hill Heritage and Butterworth Center

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is partnering with the Butterworth Center Deere-Wiman House for a Virtual Chautuaqua beginning tonight, Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30 Pm. Modeled after the annual Bishop Hill Chautauqua, the History in Person: Virtual Chautauqua will feature performers in historic character delivering monologues about their lives and the times they were alive.

“Imagine bringing the world’s writers, thinkers, scientists, and emancipators into your living room,” said Brian “Fox” Ellis, executive producer of History In Person: A Virtual Chautauqua Festival. “With many of the live Chautauqua performances postponed due to Covid19, we are working together to create an immersive on-line experience with music, historic portrayals and conversations to invite audiences to engage with living history at home.”

To enjoy the Virtual Chautauqua, which will also feature music provided by Heartland Connections, you must register and RSVP at There is no cost to attend, it’s a free event but registration is required. The lineup for the first night, dedicated to the theme of Literature: A Revolution in Words is below…

Tuesday August 25th – Literature: A Revolution In Words
6:30pm: Pre-show Music
7:00pm: Young Chautauquans Voices of the Mosaic
Julia Ward Howe (Jessica Miller)
Caroline Nichols Churchill (Liesl Jensen)
7:30pm: Walt Whitman (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
8:00pm: Live Q & A with re-enactors
Sponsor: Bishop Hill Heritage Association

The remainder of the schedule includes a presentation of a preview of a new Ken Burns documentary in partnership with PBS affiliate WQPT. The rest of the schedule is below…

Wednesday August 26 – Science: The Legacy of Discovery
6:30pm: Ken Burns documentary The GENE
7:00pm: Charles Darwin (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
8:00pm: Exclusive Clips from Humanity Needs Dreamers:
A Visit With Marie Curie, (Susan Marie Frontczak)
8:15pm: Susan & Fox discuss performing science
8:30pm: Q & A with presenters
Sponsors: The Butterworth Center Deere -Wiman Home, WQPT, and STEM On Stage

Thursday August 27 – Emancipation: The Promise of Freedom
6:30pm: Pre-show Music
7:00pm Francis Tasker Carter: American Aristocracy (Darci Tucker)
7:30pm Sarah Cooper, a Freed Woman’s Story (Sheila Arnold)
8:00pm: Q & A with Presenters
Sponsor: Jacksonville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau

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