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Rosa Parks (Virtual Chautauqua Talk)

May 11@7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join an audience that loves talking back to history to discuss Rosa Parks with Teresa Cosby, Furman University Associate Professor of Politics & International Affairs. Sometimes when the status quo needs to be shaken up, it is necessary to take a stand. Other times, one must courageously take a seat. Rosa Parks is best known for being arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat. But Parks was not an apolitical, middle-aged lady whose fatigue kept her seated. Hers…

CHALLENGER: Soaring with McAuliffe ™ (Virtual Chautauqua Performance)

June 15@7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Performed by Judith Kalaora from History At Play ™ as Christa McAuliffe Journey through Christa McAuliffe’s life in this multi-media Immersive Living Experience, performed by Judith Kalaora of History At Play. CHALLENGER: Soaring With Christa McAuliffe ™ pays homage to the United States’ Teacher in Space program and the crew of the NASA space shuttle. Discover the true story behind the internationally recognized heroine. Thirty-five years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just over a minute after liftoff, killing all seven crew…

ANN LOWE – from Jim Crow South to high society fashion designer (Virtual Chautauqua Talk)

July 13@7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join an audience that loves talking back to history to discuss Ann Lowe high society fashion designer presented by Rosylin Weston. When Ann Lowe designed and produced Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding dress, very few knew her name. No one but her staff knew of the disaster that preceded the delivery of that now-historic wedding dress to the home of the bride. Even fewer knew that she was the great-granddaughter of a former slave. For any designer, designing the wedding dress to…

Food Fads – 1940s through the 1960s

July 20@7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Presented by Leslie Goddard, Ph.D.  Remember Jell-O salads and cheese sprayed out of a cab? When every pantry held Velveeta and all the kids wanted to drink Tang like the astronauts?  Join historian and author Leslie Goddard for a nostalgic look at the food innovations and marketing approaches that transformed how we ate at midcentury. Using classic cookbooks, advertisements, and family magazines, explore how society and technology shaped American food from the 1940’s through the 1960s. Leslie Goddard has previously…

VOYAGEURS: Indigenous People, the Fur Trade & Early Chicago (Virtual Chautauqua Performance)

August 17@7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Living Historian Jon F. Rice performs as French Canadian fur trader and voyageur, Francois Le Mai, as he and his friend Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable arrive by canoe to early Chicago. Although nothing more than a little swamp filled with wild garlic and a muddy river running through it, businessman DuSable grasps the importance of that stream: “It’s location, my friend!” Through music, song, and dance, we learn of the Meti-society (Creole culture) of Chicago, and why DuSable, a fur…

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