Ohio Humanities is thrilled to announce the dates and locations of the 21st Ohio Chautauqua tour. This coming year we will commemorate the significant anniversaries of the passing of the 19th Amendment, Civil Rights Act, and Voting Rights Act with Ohio Chautauqua 2020, American Voices: The Right to Vote. This theme will explore the stories behind the expansion of suffrage and celebrate a core democratic act, the vote.

Ohio Chautauqua will feature Marjorie Goldman as Susan B. Anthony, leading activist in the early women’s suffrage movement; Ilene Evans as Coralie Franklin Cook, outspoken leader in women’s suffrage, temperance, fine arts, and education; Marvin Jefferson as Paul Robeson, twentieth-century singer, actor, and political activist;  Leslie Goddard as Alice Paul, author of the first Equal Rights Amendment; and Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass, noted writer, orator, and social reformer

Join us in northwest Ohio June 9-13 as American Voices: The Right to Vote is presented in partnership with the Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau. Evening performances will be featured under the tent at Veterans Memorial Park, situated along the banks of the scenic Maumee River. The tour will conclude in central Ohio, June 16-20, with outdoor evening performances presented at the Westerville Community Center for the first time since 2011. Daytime programs for youth and adults will explore the history of suffrage and its relevance today, while also engaging with the unique local history of both host communities.

What is Ohio Chautauqua?

This free event will enrich, delight, and entertain every generation. Daytime activities feature stimulating programs for adults and families hosted by local community organizations. Each evening, family and friends gather together as live music fills the air. Then, a talented performer appears on stage, bringing a historic figure to life through personal stories and historic detail.  With its warm, nostalgic vibe, this truly unique experience is sure to open minds and start conversations.

Keep up with Ohio Chautauqua 2020 updates at facebook.com/OhioHumanities

If you have any questions, please call Program Coordinator Sam Chase at 614.461.7802 or email at schase@ohiohumanities.org.