“Free Land” Chautauqua ends on a high note

More than 3,500 people experienced Chautauqua in Alliance and Kearney this June.

00_BecomingRedCloud_HT copyIn both communities, a talented group of kids learned about local decision-makers with Ride Into History. Each day, workshops for adults and youth focused on different aspects of the Homestead Act, Pacific Railway Act and Morrill Act.

Panhandle crowds welcomed evening performances under the tent in Alliance, June 9-13, and their central Nebraska counterparts were equally enthusiastic in Kearney June 17-21.

We missed Chautauqua scholar Patrick McGinnis, who had to withdraw from portraying Grenville Dodge due to health reasons, but we are
grateful to our outstanding substitutes:
Curt Fields, who portrayed General U.S. Grant in Alliance, and Tom King, who portrayed President U.S. Grant in Kearney.

Our heartfelt thanks to the many Chautauqua committee members, sponsors and volunteers!

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NEH Head Says Humanities Funding Still A Question Mark

National Endowment for the Humanities Acting Chairman Jon Peede was in Omaha re