Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Bishop Hill Chautauqua August 29 & 30

Celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War at the Bishop Hill Chautauqua* on Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2015.  In this, its third year, a second day of programming has been added to the Chautauqua.  A workshop for teachers, actors, students and home-schoolers is planned. This workshop, ‘Stepping into Character’, will demonstrate how to research and write first person monologues. Students from Geneseo and Williamsfield will perform on the main stage Sunday afternoon.
The community is invited to meet Abraham Lincoln, his his boyhood friend, Austin Gollaher, Lincoln’s law partner, William Hendon, Elizabeth Keckley, a Freed Woman and First Ladies’ Confidant, and James Monroe, the Drummer Boy of Shiloh. All programs will be held at the village park gazebo in Bishop Hill, IL.
Saturday, August 29
  • 10 a.m. A workshop for Teachers, Actors, Storytellers and Students on “Stepping Into Character” with Brian "Fox" Ellis in the Steeple Building.
  • 1 p.m. Austin Gollaher: Lincoln’s Boyhood Friend (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
  • 2:15 p.m. Elizabeth Keckley: First Lady’s Dressmaker (Kathryn Harris)
  • 3:30 p.m. The Drummer Boy of Shiloh The Civil War in Song (Barry Cloyd)

Sunday, August 30
  • 1 p.m. Local students perform as historical figures
  • 2:15 p.m. William Herndon speaks on Lincoln the Lawyer (Brian “Fox” Ellis)
  • 3:30 p.m. A Visit with Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein)

Bring a Lawn Chair, bring the grandkids, bring a friend. Come early to enjoy the shops of Bishop Hill! Call 309 927-3899 for more details. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Twinflower Inn. 

Chautauqua*(pronounced shə-t-kwə) refers to an adult education movement featuring lectures, plays, and musical performances; the word is also used for any single organization pursuing this activity. The idea was originated in 1874 in Chautauqua, New York, which lends its name to the format, but was soon copied elsewhere.