2018 Lawton Chautauqua – The Modern Age: Moving Forward From World War I – will explore the flourishing of modern ideas in politics, art, literature, entertainment, the social sciences, commerce, and education following the carnage and social upheaval of The Great War. All events are FREE and open to the public.
2018 Chautauqua characters and scholars are General John “Black Jack” Pershing (presented by Doug Mishler), Acee Blue Eagle (Michael Hughes), Josephine Baker (Vanessa Adams-Harris), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (Debra Conner), and Ernest Hemingway (John Anderson).
Chautauqua programs present a variety of historical enactments, workshops, and informal discussions. Ten daytime workshops and five evening in-character performances explore the cultural and political nuances of the era.