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Nebraska Chautauqua: World War One – Legacies of a Forgotten War

June 14 - June 17


Presented by Humanities Nebraska –

Sidney, Nebraska is honored to be one of two cities chosen by Humanities Nebraska to host a Chautauqua June 14-17, 2018. The Chautauqua will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918.

“Chautauqua” was a cultural and social movement that started in upstate New York in the 1870s and flourished until the mid-1920s. During this time, hundreds of touring chautauquas presented lectures, dance, music, drama, and other forms of “cultural enrichment” which took place under big tents that served as temporary theaters for these productions.

During this four-day FREE event, educational workshops and activities will be held during the daytime. In the evening, audiences will gather to enjoy local music or theatrical entertainment, followed by a presentation by a Chautauqua scholar dressed as a historical figure, moderated by Woodrow Wilson. Following the 40-minute presentation, audiences will be invited to ask questions of the scholars, who will answer first as their respective historical figures and then as themselves.

Various activities will be held for children, including a Chautauqua youth camp to encourage youth ages 10-14 to learn more about the local impact of the Great War on their community. Several youth will be chosen to portray local historic figures on the Chautauqua stage the evening of their final day at camp (Friday).

Sidney last hosted a Chautauqua in 2005. The complete schedule of all speakers and events of this Chautauqua, as well as a reading list and more, is available at

To get involved in the Sidney event, contact Heather Hausmann with the Cheyenne County Visitors Bureau at, 308-254-4030, or 866-545-4030.


June 14
June 17
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