Ohio Chautauqua 2017


June 13 – 17

The historic village of Clifton straddles the county line between Clark and Greene Counties. Clifton was a hub for early Ohio industry and travel. The natural geography of the area provided ideal conditions for the establishment of a variety of mills. Clifton was the site of a woolen mill that furnished material for the American army during the War of 1812; Davis Mill, established 1802 and in operation today as Clifton Mill, produced meal and flour for Civil War troops. A major stop on the stagecoach trail, The Accommodation Line, which ran from Springfield to Cincinnati from 1827 to 1840, the village bustled with the commotion of travelers.



Evening Performances

Gather under the tent with neighbors and friends for an evening of live music, living history, and engagement.

100 North St, Clifton, OH 45316

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Live local music at 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 13

Susan Marie Frontczak as Marie Curie
Music by Britney Miesse, vocalist

Wednesday, June 14

Dan Cutler as Chief Cornstalk
Music by Bud EagleWolf, wind flute

Thursday, June 15

Gene Worthington as Theodore Roosevelt
Music by The Ragtime Riverboat Rats

Friday, June 16

Susan Marie Frontczak as Mary Shelley
Music by Jenny Conn, pianist

Saturday, June 17

Dianne Moran as Dian Fossey
Music by Leslie Stratton, harp

Daytime Programs

The Natural World is the theme for a host of community-based programming throughout the week. Adults can engage in real conversations about real issues at scholar-led programs; youth will enjoy hands-on learning in programs throughout the week. Click on the events below for more information.

Programs for Youth

All youth programs begin at 10:00 a.m. Locations vary.

Tuesday, June 13
Dan Cutler: Prehistoric Peoples–How Primitive were They?

New Carlisle Library, 111 E Lake Ave, New Carlisle, OH 45344

Wednesday, June 14
Gene Worthington: Exploring the Natural World
Clifton Gorge Nature Center, 2381 Ohio 343, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Thursday, June 15
Susan Marie Frontczak: Treasure the Earth’s Magic

Enon Branch Clark County Public Library, 209 E Main St, Enon, OH 45323

Friday, June 16
Dianne Moran: Animal Researchers
Xenia Community Library, 76 E Market St, Xenia, OH 45385

Saturday, June 17
Susan Marie Frontczak: Young Scientists
Yellow Springs Community Library, 415 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Programs for Adults

All programs for adults begin at 2:00 p.m. Locations vary.

Tuesday, June 13
Dianne Moran: Dian Fossey, Passionate Mountain Gorilla Researcher and Defender
Yellow Springs Community Library, 415 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Wednesday, June 14
Susan Marie Frontczak: Does a Clone have a Soul?  Grappling with the Monster
Heritage Center, 117 S Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH 45502

Thursday, June 15
Susan Marie Frontczak: Marie Curie’s Legacy
Clark County Public Library Main Branch, 201 South Fountain Ave., Springfield OH, 45506

Friday, June 16
Gene Worthington, Presidential Firsts
United Senior Services, 125 W Main St, Springfield, OH 45502

Saturday, June 17
Dan Cutler: How the Skin Trade Changed Traditional Native Values
Clifton Gorge Nature Center, 2381 Ohio 343, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

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Community Schedules

Ohio Chautauqua in Clifton

Sponsors and Partners


Clifton United Presbyterian Church

Clifton United Presbyterian Church

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Questions about Ohio Chautauqua, call 1.800.293.9774