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Alice McGill portrayed Sojourner Truth at the June 1999 Chautauqua Festival
Alice McGill portrayed Sojourner Truth at the June 1999 Heartland Chautauqua Festival. Photo: Marci garner

Heartland Chautauqua in Lexington

This revival of the traveling tent show that flourished during the early 20th century was held in Lexington, Missouri during the week of June 7 through 12, 1999. Five history scholars took the stage to portray actual Civil War figures in period costumes, presenting topics that stimulated discussions on war, racism, women's roles, literature of the time, and courage. The original Chautauquas were both entertainment and education for their largely rural audiences. The Heartland Chautauqua, which preserves that legacy, is documented on video and audio tape and in 14 pages of text, 28 photographs, news clippings, and promotional materials.

Originally submitted by: Ike Skelton, Representative (4th District).

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