Ohio Chautauqua 2017

Milan, Ohio

June 27 – July 1

Part of the Firelands region of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Milan village was platted by in 1817 on the site of a previously abandoned a Moravian Indian mission village. The birthplace of the famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison, Milan boasts a history rich in progress and creativity. The New England-style village near Lake Erie has a bustling town square, historical museums, and distinctive architecture.  The village sits on the county line between Erie and Huron Counties.

Ohio Chautauqua 2017 Programs

Evening Performances

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


Milan Public Square
Milan, OH 44846
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Live local music at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27

Susan Marie Frontczak as Marie Curie
Music by Lyme Village Pioneer String Band

Wednesday, June 28

Dan Cutler as Chief Cornstalk
Music by Phil Weilnau, singer/songwriter

Thursday, June 29

Susan Marie Frontczak as Mary Shelley
Music by Acoustic Scotty, singer/songwriter

Friday, June 30

Dianne Moran as Dian Fossey
Music by The Ohio State University Alumni Band of Erie County

Saturday, July 1

Gene Worthington as Theodore Roosevelt
Music by The Moorhens, Celtic traditional music

Daytime Programs

The Natural World is the theme for a host of community-based programming throughout the week. Engage in real conversations about real issues at scholar-led programs, and bring the whole family to Family Brown Bag programs at the Sandusky Library and Ohio Chautauqua Family Day at the Milan Library and the Milan Museum for a day of fun activities. Click on the events below for more information.

For Adults

Milan Public Library
19 Church St
Milan, OH 44846

Programs begin at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27
Dan Cutler: How the Skin Trade Changed Traditional Native Values

Wednesday, June 28
Susan Marie Frontczak: Does a Clone have a Soul? Grappling with the Monster

Thursday, June 29
Dianne Moran: Dian Fossey, Passionate Mountain Gorilla Researcher and Defender


Friday, June 30
Gene Worthington: Presidential Firsts

Saturday, July 1
Susan Marie Frontczak: Marie Curie What Almost Stopped Her


For Families

Family Brown Bag Programs

Sandusky Library
114 West Adams Street
Sandusky, OH 44870

Programs begin at noon

Tuesday, June 27
Dan Cutler: Prehistoric People: How Primitive Were They?

Wednesday, June 28
Susan Marie Fronzczak: Once Upon a Time: Frankenstein

Family Day

Milan Public Library
19 Church St
Milan, OH 44846

Saturday, July 1 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Susan Marie Frontczak: Young Scientists

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Dianne Moran: Animal Researchers

noon – 1:00 p.m.
Gene Worthington: Exploring the Natural World

Other Chautauqua-Related Offerings

Milan’s community organizations and businesses are stepping up to bring visitors a robust and varied experience during Ohio Chautauqua. Make a day of it! Visit Milan’s unique museums and historic Carnegie Library for special exhibits, and attend a local living history program featuring Mina Edison. And don’t miss out on Milan’s shopping and dining—look for “Chautauqua Daily Specials” at shops and restaurants around the Square!

Edison Memorial United Methodist Church
10 East Church Street
Milan, OH  44846
(419) 499-2635

Special Program
Thursday, June 29
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
“Mina Edison remembers Lake Chautauqua and Thomas Edison”

Milan Museum
10 Edison Drive
Milan, OH 44846

Special Exhibit 
“Depictions of the Natural World in Art.”

Extended Hours
The museum will have extended hours to 6 pm each day.

Thomas Edison Birthplace
9 Edison Drive
Milan, OH 44846

Extended hours
Edison Birthplace will have extended hours to 6 pm each day.

Milan Public Library
19 Church St
Milan, OH 44846

Special Exhibit
“Thomas Edison Extravaganza”



Ohio Chautauqua 2017 Tour


Community Schedules

Ohio Chautauqua in Milan

Sponsors and Partners


Milan Museum



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Questions about Ohio Chautauqua, call 1.800.293.9774