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Chautauqua 2019 - Making Waves

Hear from and interact with notable figures in history.
Chautauqua 2019 Drawing of explorers

This summer, our Chautauqua in Maryland turns 25. What historical figures will you have the chance to talk to this year?

This season, Maryland Humanities is diving into how water has shaped our history. We celebrate those who have navigated ice, waves, and the depths below by bringing three historical adventurers to life on the Chautauqua stage.

Location: Globe Hall in the High Technology Buildingnew window at Montgomery College, Germantown. 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown MD 20876.

Time: All performances will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The events are free and open to the public. All sites are handicapped accessible.

Montgomery College - Germantown: 240-567-7766 or 240-567-7751
Maryland Humanities Council: 410-685-0095

Matthew Henson
Wednesday, July 10
The Maryland native is said to be the first African-American to reach the North Pole. Historic interpreter and actor Keith Henley will play the explorer, craftsman, and author.
Jacques Cousteau
Thursday, July 11
The oceanographer, filmmaker, and scientist is best known for his deep-sea explorations and his invention of the aqualung. Independent scholar and veteran Chautauquan Doug Mishler will portray Cousteau.
Grace O'Malley
Friday, July 12
The 16th-century "Pirate Queen" commanded ships, men, and the respect of Queen Elizabeth I. Award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung will play O'Malley.
What is Chautauqua?
Chautauqua (shuh taw kwa) was named for the Chautauqua Lake area of New York State. The Chautauqua movement began there in 1874 as a training course for Sunday school teachers. The concept then extended its philosophy of adult education to include an appreciation for the arts and humanities through the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

Now, Chautauqua is a humanities program in which scholars assume the costume and character of historical figures. In Maryland, the Chautauqua tradition dates to when Chautauquas took places in 1891 at Glen Echo Park in Montgomery County and at the turn of the century at Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County. The Maryland Humanities Council’s Chautauqua began in 1995 at Garrett Community College and has expanded to include productions at the College of Southern Maryland, Chesapeake College, and the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College.