2014 Schedule – Norfolk

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June 18‐22, 2014

Warren Cook Park, 4th and Elm Streets

Norfolk, Nebraska


  • Evening Chautauqua tent shows are moderated by Mark Twain, portrayed by Warren Brown. The tent site (Warren Cook Park) is located at the intersection of 4th and Elm Streets in Norfolk. In case of inclement weather, tent programs will be held at the Johnny Carson Theater, 801 Riverside Blvd.
  • Adult & Youth Workshops will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 801 East Benjamin Ave. Adult and Youth Workshops are scheduled to last approximately an hour (unless otherwise noted). Youth Workshops are intended for children in grades K‐4 (unless otherwise noted).
  • All events are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.


Monday, June 16

1‐5 p.m. Youth Chautauqua Camp, Maclay Building, Northeast Community College

Tuesday‐Saturday, June 17‐21

“Welcome to America” Exhibit of women immigrants by Carol Hamoy, Norfolk Arts Center, 305 N. 5th Street

Tuesday, June 17

1‐5 p.m. Youth Chautauqua Camp, Maclay Building

5:30 p.m. Meet the Chautauquans, Norfolk Arts Center

Wednesday‐Sunday, June 18‐22

Homestead Act 150th Traveling Exhibit, Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center, 515 Queen City Blvd.

Wednesday, June 18

10 a.m. Native American Storytelling, Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey (Youth Workshop)

Noon “The Railroad: How Did They Build It & How Did It Almost Fall Apart?” Patrick McGinnis (Adult Workshop)

1‐5 p.m. Youth Chautauqua Camp, Maclay Building

2 p.m. “Exodusters,” Paxton Williams (Adult Workshop)

7 p.m. Warren Brown as Mark Twain, Chautauqua tent

7:30 p.m. An evening with Willa Cather (Betty Jean Steinshouer), Chautauqua tent

Thursday, June 19

10 a.m. “Dogs vs. Cats,” Betty Jean Steinshouer (Youth Workshop)

Noon “America in the Gilded Age,” Warren Brown (Adult Workshop)

1‐5 p.m. Youth Chautauqua Camp, Maclay Building

2 p.m. “Dispossession of the Plains Indians,” David Wishart (Adult Workshop)

5‐6:30 p.m.  Pioneer Picnic, Norfolk Arts Center Courtyard (presented by Norfolk Arts Center Guild, $5/plate)

6:30 p.m. Local Entertainment, Chautauqua tent

7:15 p.m. Warren Brown as Mark Twain, Chautauqua tent

7:30 p.m. An evening with Grenville Dodge (Patrick E. McGinnis), Chautauqua tent

Friday, June 20

10 a.m. “The Plant Doctor,” Paxton Williams (Youth Workshop)

Noon “The People of My Antonia, O Pioneers! & The Song of the Lark,” Betty Jean Steinshouer (Adult Workshop)

1‐7 p.m. Youth Chautauqua Camp, Chautauqua tent

2 p.m. “The Civil War and Its Impact on the Great Plains,” Patrick McGinnis (Adult Workshop)

6 p.m. Youth Chautauqua presentations, Chautauqua tent

7 p.m. Local Entertainment, Chautauqua tent

7:15 p.m. Warren Brown as Mark Twain, Chautauqua tent

7:30 p.m. An evening with Laura Ingalls Wilder (Karen Vuranch), Chautauqua tent

Saturday, June 21

Noon “The Rise and Fall of the Wild West,” Karen Vuranch (Adult Workshop)

2 p.m. “Mark Twain’s The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” Warren Brown (Adult Workshop)

6:30 p.m. Local Entertainment, Chautauqua tent

7:15 p.m. Warren Brown as Mark Twain, Chautauqua tent

7:30 p.m. An evening with George Washington Carver (Paxton Williams), Chautauqua tent

Sunday, June 22

2 p.m. “Telling Your Own Story,” Karen Vuranch (Adult Workshop)

6 p.m.  Nebraska National Guard Concert Band, Chautauqua Tent

7 p.m. Warren Brown as Mark Twain, Chautauqua tent

7:30 p.m. An evening with Standing Bear (Taylor Keen), Chautauqua tent

Presented by Humanities Nebraska with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John W. Carson Foundation Fund at the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the City of Norfolk, Northeast Community College, Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center, and the contributions of generous businesses, organizations, and individuals. 



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