Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2007

Celebrate past with Chautauqua

June 14, 2007

We've all had a busy, busy June in Baldwin City with a myriad of events throughout the first month of summer. But, there's more on the way.

Baldwin City is lucky to have been chosen as one of the two sites for Chautauqua Days, which has been brought here by the Kansas Humanities Council. It brings the state's storied history right here under the big top tent. We should all take advantage of this rare treat.

The main part of the week-long history revival starts Wednesday night with an Ice Cream Social. It starts at 6 p.m. under the tent on the Baker University campus and is called "Meet the Chautauquans."

From there, it's four straight days of historical figures being "recreated" under the tent. For Thursday's opener, it's Carry Nation. On Friday, it's Langston Hughes. For Saturday, William Allen White takes the stage. Those performances are all at 7:30 p.m. Sunday's finale is Dr. J.R. Brinkley at 2:30 p.m.

We've already learned history through Chautauqua Days. We're guessing you're like us in asking, "who is Dr. J.R. Brinkley?" We'd never heard of him. Simply put, he's referred to as a "snake-oil salesman" who represents a "colorful time" in our state's history.

There are many other events associated with the celebration of history, including the Youth Chautauqua Camp Monday through Friday and the Story Tent featuring StoryCorps to record local history June 22-23. For more information, log onto

But, more than anything, Baldwin City, take advantage of this opportunity.

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