April 3, 2017
In 1874 on the shores of Lake Chautauqua a movement was born based on mixing education and entertainment. Within a few decades it went on to become the largest gathering of North Americnas ever, called the Chautauqua Movemnt. At the turn of of the last century until the 1930s the brown Circuit Chautauqua tent was seen in nearly every town in rural America. In 1924 there were over 10,000 Chautauqua productions atteneded by more that 40,000,000 Americans. Great speakers of the day were huge draws, as were scientists, sufragettes, politicians, and preachers. On the lighter side were orchestras from the far flung corners of the world, dancers, theatre, and, of course, vaudevillians.
This lecture, presented by Paul Magid, will examine the history of the Chautauqua movemnent from its beginnings to its near demise during the depression. Paul will talk about how the Chautauqua functioned commerically and on a day to day basis when on the road. Paul will also look at and discuss some of the great vaudevillians of the time that traveled the rails on the great circut chautauquas.
This discussion will have rare audio, video, and images of a vanished time. It will also discuss the last Circuit Chautauqua to travel in North America, The New Old Time Chautauqua, based here in the Pacific North West.
Paul was a co-founder and is an organizer for NOTC whose stages have been graced by many MF performers since its inception in 1981.
There will also be a Q & A at the end of the talk.
The MC: Paul Magid
Subject to change.