I’ll get to participate in a little bit of history this weekend, through a traditional Chautauqua event hosted by the Southern Oregon Historical Society at Historic Hanley Farm in Central Point.
The Chautauqua movement of the 19th century featured education, entertainment, and discussions of the issues of the day. The outdoor theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is built on the foundations of a defunct Chautauqua building.
The event starts at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. I’ll be speaking about the Oregon Experience program The Modoc War with Klamath Tribal elder Lynn Schonchin at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22 on the main stage.
Below is an Oregonian article from 100 years ago – dated June 2, 1912 – about a Chautauqua event in Gladstone outside of Portland.