The tent is packed away, and the troupe is once again scattered across the country. The 2014 tour was an amazing success, and Ohio Humanities is grateful for the support the program received across the state.
The tour opened in Gallipolis, where we were delighted to debut the new “Journey Stories” theme for so many of our old friends. Gallipolis’ community spirit brings together organizations like the Bossard Memorial Library, the Visitors Bureau, and Bob Evans Farm, as well as individuals from across the county, to help plan and present these programs. We then traveled to Warren, a community that takes great pride in supporting Ohio Chautauqua. Thanks to the work of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Tribune Chronicle, Trumbull 100, and Tourism Bureau, record-breaking crowds gathered under the tent. It was an honor to be featured in New Richmond as they celebrated their Bicentennial. Our first visit to Clermont County presented us with the opportunity to work with the fine folks from Historic New Richmond, the Clermont County Public Library, the Village of New Richmond, and many other individuals and organizations in the area. We ended the tour with a bang in the always-supportive community of Worthington. Working with the McConnell Arts Center, Old Worthington Library, and Griswold Senior Center was a great way to top off a successful season.
Of course, we couldn’t do it without our talented troupe! In his 12th time to perform and serve as troupe leader for Ohio Chautauqua, Hank Fincken presented 1849er J. Goldsborough Bruff. Audiences loved helping make decisions while learning more about the triumphs and tribulations of the journey west. In her 9th Ohio Chautauqua tour, Debra Conner debuted Edith Russell, a Cincinnati native who survived the sinking of the Titanic. Crowds across Ohio were captivated by the character and her compelling story. Marvin Jefferson returned as Martin Luther King Jr. for his 4th Ohio Chautauqua tour. Audience members were deeply impressed by his insights and his powerful stage presence. Taking the stage for her 2nd Ohio Chautauqua tour, Dianne Moran presented Indian captive Olive Ann Oatman. Showcasing Dianne’s skills as a storyteller, crowds were riveted by this tragic tale. In his 1st Ohio Chautauqua tour, Kevin Radaker introduced Ohio audiences to philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau. Folks walked away from the tent eager to become one with nature.
Thanks to all the local sponsors, committee members, and volunteers who helped make the program happen across the state. Our biggest thank you goes to the 10,000+ who experienced Ohio Chautauqua this summer – all those who came to daytime workshops for kids and adults, and then joined their friends and family under the tent to take a step back in time and enjoy living history.
Thanks again to everyone who participated this summer. Be sure to join us for more “Journey Stories” in 2015!
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