Friday, Dec 13, 2013
Date(s) & Time(s)::
September 8, 2013
Location: Historic Liberty Theater, Downtown Murphysboro, IL
The Historic Liberty Theater is hosting the first Chautauqua in Murphysboro in nearly 100 years. The Murphysboro Chautauqua is a celebration of American History and Music where the community is invited to meet famous characters from our past.Return to event list.
Comedians, authors, popular songwriters, Civil War soldiers, and First Ladies step out of the pages of history to regale us with their life stories. President Teddy Roosevelt called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.”
THIS YEAR’S PERFORMERS
Ninian Edwards, Territorial Governor, who was responsible for the forced removal of Illinois’ American Indian population and Pottawatomi Chief Gomo, who gave a pivotal speech in rebuttal to Edward’s admonitions.
Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her People tells stories of her courageous spirit as she makes journeys deep into the South to free slaves. Harriet is portrayed in an enchanting mix of stories and wit, humor and charm.
Ken Bradbury, the most published playwright in America portrays himself as he plays the piano and takes you on a rollicking tour of American History through your favorite songs. From old time gospel to modern rock, Broadway show tunes to folk revival classics.
Pere Zenoble Membre and Ettiene Renault were some of the first Europeans to paddle a canoe all the way down the Mississippi. Through story and song they will transport the audience to the earliest days of American History.
3:00 The War of 1812 w/Ninian Edwards & Potawatomi Chief Gomo 4:00 Harriet Tubman: Moses of Her People
5:00 Historic Liberty Fundraiser Chicken Dinner $10; 6:30 America’s Musical History w/ Ken Bradbury
7:30 Canoe Song: Travels of the First French Explorers
This FREE family program is sponsored by the Historic Liberty Theater and the Murphysboro Tourism Commission.
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