Join us for the next Chautauqua!

August 2 & 3, 2024  •  Norfolk, Nebraska

Free family fun with an educational thread!F

 

In commemoration of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the United States, HN invites you to explore a selection of lesser-known stories from our country’s rich tapestry of backgrounds and perspectives. It’s a fun, interactive experience that will help people connect with history and each other.

Friday Evening:

Explore History through El Vaquero Cox Activity Center at Northeast Community College

Saturday:

Unravel Some of America’s Unheard Stories at Norfolk Public Library

Saturday Evening: Meet Abigail Adams & Chief Big Elk Cox Activity Center at Northeast Community College

This festival will include family-friendly events, engaging workshops, and Chautauqua-style presentations that allow audience members to interact with historic figures. 

All events are free and open to the public.

Chautauqua is a unique opportunity for communities to explore key time moments of history and culture that still affect our lives today.

  • Family friendly
  • Multiple opportunities to explore topics from the past that affect us today
  • Interact with experts, family members, neighbors, and friends
  • Free for everyone!

Humanities Nebraska presented this new style of Chautauqua to give participants multiple opportunities to explore the social, economic, political, and international influence of historic events on today’s society. There was a variety of activities and events for Nebraskans of all ages to enjoy, led by various experts and scholars.

What is Chautauqua?

With origins in the late 19th century, Chautauqua combines oratory and lectures with literary readings and musical entertainment. In the past, these touring groups would entertain and inform people living on the plains about political and cultural happenings. The name itself comes from a resort community in New York State where in 1875, a summer program of lectures, sermons, and music attracted such enthusiastic audiences that within a few years similar programs sprang into existence for the public in other parts of the country. Today, Chautauqua upholds the tradition of offering entertainment, education, and community-based heritage. Humanities Nebraska has re-imagined Chautauqua to include contemporary experts offering insight regarding how historic events and achievements affect our lives today, along with scholars-in-residence presenting first-person portrayals of some of our most important historical figures. It’s family-friendly fun, history and activities for all ages.
Would you like to know when activities are added and plans are finalized?

Pre-Chautauqua Book Discussions

Norfolk Public Library 308 W. Prospect Ave., Norfolk, NE, United States

One for adults, one for families. Details coming soon!

Intro to Salsa Dance Class

Elkhorn Valley Museum 515 Queen City Blvd., Norfolk, NE, United States

Learn how to salsa dance with instructor Jesus Quinero. Ages 17-Adult. Registration required: Call (402) 371-3886

Event Series Children’s Paper Weaving

Children’s Paper Weaving

Norfolk Public Library 308 W. Prospect Ave., Norfolk, NE, United States

5th-6th graders have the opportunity to learn paper weaving with instructor Sue Burns. Class size limit: 20 Registration required: https://norfolk-ne.libcal.com/event/12626632  

Event Series Children’s Paper Weaving

Children’s Paper Weaving

Norfolk Public Library 308 W. Prospect Ave., Norfolk, NE, United States

5th-6th graders have the opportunity to learn paper weaving with instructor Sue Burns. Class size limit: 20 Registration required: https://norfolk-ne.libcal.com/event/12626632  

“Weaving a Nation”

In commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the United States and its evolving vision of democracy, Humanities Nebraska wants to explore a selection of the stories that have helped give our country its rich tapestry of backgrounds and perspectives.  Some of these stories will be new and some will be a fresh look at familiar stories central to the development of our country. August 2 & 3, 2024 Norfolk, Nebraska  (Multiple Locations) Details coming soon!

Bucket Drumline Performance

Northeast Community College Cox Activity Center East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE, United States

Watch a bucket drumline performance

Hispanic Folklore Dance Presentation

Northeast Community College Cox Activity Center East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE, United States

Watch a Hispanic folklore dance presentation with Sherlyn Medina

An Evening with El Vaquero

Northeast Community College Cox Activity Center East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE, United States

Meet El Vaquero, America’s first cowboy, as portrayed by Angel Vigil. A composite of many different historic figures, El Vaquero is a Spanish colonial cowboy. These cowboys were the first Europeans to ride the open ranges and sleep under the stars. They learned to tame the wild horses of the plains and delivered vast herds of cattle across great distances, mastering riding, roping and other skills. Angel Vigil is a Colorado Heritage Artist storyteller.who is the author of six award-winning books on Hispanic and Western culture and arts. Vigil’s portrayal of El Vaquero will give color to the enduring American […]

Evening Reception

Northeast Community College Cox Activity Center East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE, United States

At Cox theater outdoor courtyard or Cox theater lobby depending on weather

"Weaving a Nation" Chautauqua is provided with the support of:

Bill & Mary Meyer

Kent & Susan Warneke

Lisa & Jerry Guenther

Jewell & Collins, Attorneys

Charles & Jill SIntex/Charles Sintek DDS