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Chautauqua 2020: Raising Their Voices

What is Chautauqua?

Inspired by an education movement that began in 1874 near the Chautauqua Lake area of southwestern New York State, Chautauqua (shuh-taw-kwa) is a FREE living history performance series each July. Join your fellow Marylanders at this year’s event, and meet and talk with celebrated figures from our nation’s past.

Chautauqua 2020: Raising Their Voices

“One day, I know the struggle will change. There’s got to be a change … not only for the people in the United States, but people all over the world.” 

– Fannie Lou Hamer

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear from and interact with notable figures in history? Well, in July you can. Join Maryland Humanities for our 26th annual Chautauqua living history series.

This summer, Maryland Humanities raises the voices of four notable women who took action to secure their right to vote. We bring to the Chautauqua stage the unique story of each of these women as they fought for their rights starting in the 17th century and continuing through the modern era.Margaret Brent (1601–1671), a resident of St. Mary’s County, was the first woman in Colonial America to request the right to vote. Mary Ann Jung, an award-winning performer who specializes in interactive history, will portray Brent. 

  • Monday, July 13, 6:45 p.m.: Margaret Brent (1601–1671), a resident of St. Mary’s County, was the first woman in Colonial America to request the right to vote. Mary Ann Jung, an award-winning performer who specializes in interactive history, will portray Brent. 
  • Tuesday, July 14, 6:45 p.m.: Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was a suffragist and a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): she also founded the National Association for Colored Women and became its first president. Sherrie Tolliver, who holds a BFA in acting and a minor in African American History from New York University, will portray Terrell.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 6:45p.m.: Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977) was a Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizer who co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Party. Arthuretta Martin, a performer who also conducts research on the framers of civil rights era legislation, will portray Hamer.

Performances subject to change.


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Chautauqua is presented by Maryland Humanities in partnership with College of Southern Maryland with support from Old Line Bank.

For information on Chautauqua, visit www.mdhumanities.org/programs/chautauqua/