The modern Chautauqua is “living history” at its finest designed to educate, enlighten, inform and entertain.
During the week of May 31 through June 4, for five full days and nights, residents of southwest Oklahoma will have the opportunity to take part in one of America’s grand traditions when Altus hosts, “ The Cold War: The Early Years.”
There will be tent shows on the campus of Western Oklahoma State College each evening starting with local talent at 7 p.m. followed by the living history presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m. The workshops, which in reality are seminars with the visiting scholars, are scheduled each day at 11 a.m. at the Altus Public Library and 2 p.m. at the Museum of the Western Prairie.
It will be a fun-filled and exciting five days in Altus. All programs are free and everyone is invited to attend as well as to encourage friends and family to attend also — for Chautauqua to flourish we must work together to introduce this wonderful institution to our younger generations.
Oklahoma Chautauqua 2016, is sponsored locally by the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council, the Southern Prairie Library System, Main Street Altus, Western Oklahoma State College and the Western Trail Historical Society.
It is funded in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information and to obtain a schedule of all the events call the library at 580-477-2890 or the Museum at 580-482-1044.