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Walter Edgar's Journal

Greenville Chautauqua


Friday - August 21, 2009


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About This Show

(Originally broadcast 05/15/09) - With summer and winter festivals, and other events throughout the rest of the year, Greenville Chautauqua brings history to life. The first Chautauqua was started as an outdoor adult education program for Sunday School teachers at a campsite on Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York founded by Methodist minister John Heyl Vincent and businessman Lewis Miller. In the 1970s Chautauqua was revived and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and state humanities councils as a means of providing lively, interactive and authentic humanities education.

The theme of this year’s summer Chautauqua Festival is America in Crisis, and will include “speakers” such as “George Washington,” “Nathaniel Greene,” “Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt,” “Abraham Lincoln,” and “Rosa Parks.” “Nathaniel Greene” (Dr. John Barrington, Associate Professor History at Furman University) and “George Washington” (Dr. George Frein, artistic director of the Greenville Chautauqua) join Dr. Edgar for a lively discussion of Chautauqua, the American Revolution, and the Civil War.


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