Chautauqua Programs

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Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America

The “Free Land” Chautauqua was  a four-year series (2012-2015) presented by Humanities Nebraska. Each evening, humorist Mark Twain moderated one of five presentations of these historical figures:  Union General U.S. Grant*, author Willa Cather, Ponca Chief Standing Bear, homesteader an d inventor George Washington Carver, and homesteader and author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Central to the Chautauqua experience Read more »

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“Bright Dreams, Hard Times: America in the Thirties” 2008-2011

Humanities Nebraska presented Chautauqua, “Bright Dreams, Hard Times:  America in the Thirties” in seven communities from 2008 to 2011.  Chautauqua visited the communities of Hastings, Falls City, Broken Bow, Plattsmouth, Columbus, North Platte, and Aurora.  In “Bright Dreams, Hard Times,” scholars portrayed five historical characters who helped shape America’s response to the Great Depression. The Read more »

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Free Land Chautauqua Hosted by Homestead National Monument & the Community of Beatrice

A dynamic week of events took shape surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act and the May 20-25 visit of the Nebraska Chautauqua, “Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America,” presented by Humanities Nebraska in partnership with Homestead National Monument and the community of Beatrice. May 20th featured discussions of the Homestead Read more »

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Heineman Recognizes Homestead Act and Chautauqua

In a joint proclamation, Gov. Dave Heineman recognized the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act and the upcoming Chautauqua, “Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America,” presented May 20-25 by Humanities Nebraska in partnership with Homestead National Monument and the community of Beatrice. Heineman declared May 20-25 “150th Commemoration of the Homestead Act Read more »

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Council Receives NEH Grant for Free Land Chautauqua

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded Humanities Nebraska (HN) with a $136,400 grant with an additional federal match of $80,000 to support its new Chautauqua program, “Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America.” The Free Land Chautauqua debuted May 20-25 in partnership with Homestead National Monument of America and the community Read more »

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Chautauqua Scholars Explored Impact of Legislation

Scholars portrayed six prominent historical figures and explored the impact of three important pieces of legislation passed within six weeks of each other in 1862 when the “Free Land” Chautauqua visited Beatrice May 20-25. Humanities Nebraska (HN) presented the 2012 Nebraska Chautauqua, “Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America” in partnership with Homestead Read more »