Harford Community College will host a Chautauqua living history performance on Monday, July 10 at 7 PM in the Chesapeake Theater. The family-friendly performance, which is free and open to the general public, will feature a portrayal of W.E.B. Du Bois by Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker who has also appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Benjamin Banneker.

History comes alive with Maryland Humanities’ free Chautauqua living history performance series each July. Audience members meet historical figures, then participate in a thoughtful dialogue with each character. Chautauqua 2017 celebrates Voices from the Great War with three characters, General John Pershing, W.E.B. Du Bois, and President Woodrow Wilson.

This year the three-part series opens with a portrayal of General John Pershing on Saturday, July 8, at 6 PM at the Elkton Central Library (301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD). There will be a pre-show performance by the Heritage Troupe.

On July 10, W.E.B. Du Bois will be brought to life at Harford Community College (401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, MD). Du Bois was a sociologist, scholar and one of the most important African American activists of the early twentieth-century. To set the stage for the dramatization, HCC faculty members Benny Russell and Colleen Webster will hold a pre-show performance.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 7 PM, a living history performance featuring an actor portraying President Woodrow Wilson will be held at Cecil College Elkton Station, Performing Arts Hall (107 Railroad Avenue, Elkton, MD). There will be a pre-show performance by the Heritage Troupe.

Chautauqua 2017 is coming to the Upper Chesapeake region thanks to a partnership of the Cecil County Public Library, the Harford Community College Library, Harford County Public Library, and Cecil College.


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