Civil War to be theme of Two Rivers Chautauqua

These School District 51 Young Chautauquans have chosen various historical figures to represent in presentations Saturday, Sept. 18, during the Two Rivers Chautauqua. From left are LeiLani Kobzina as Helen Hunt Jackson, Kaitlyn Burns as Portia Mansfield, Erin Lamberty as Margaret Brown and Riley Sleigh as Abraham Lincoln.

History will come to life with the American Civil War-themed Two Rivers Chautauqua taking place Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 16–18, at the Cross Orchards Historic Site, at 3073 F Road.

A period contra dance will take place Thursday evening from 7–9 p.m. Cost of the dance is $6 for singles and $10 for couples.

On Friday and Saturday, professional Chautauquans will represent some of the Civil War era’s most influential people. Visitors will see Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through the war as the 16th president of the United States; Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy; Robert E. Lee, the commanding general of the Confederate Army; and William Lloyd Garrison, a prominent abolitionist, journalist and social reformer.

The School District 51 Young Chautauquans also will present in costume from 1–4 p.m. Saturday. The students have created portrayals of the historical person of their choice and spent five to six weeks in research, writing and perfecting their presentations.

There will be civil war artifacts on display and historical demonstrations and presentations on the settlers who came to the Grand Valley after the war.

Event hours are 11:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Cost per day will be $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2.50 for children ages 3–12. Families will be admitted for $10 per day and military veterans and their spouses will be admitted free of charge.

Call 242-0971 or go to http://www.museumofwesternco. org for information.


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