What to Expect from Chautauqua

Take a step back in history. Attend Chautauqua 2010 in North Platte and meet Humorist Will Rogers, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, Author Zora Neale and Louisiana Sen. Huey Long who will entertain you with stories about the hard times in America after the stock market crash of 1929. Free evening performances nightly from June 23 to 27, at 7 p.m. at Cody Park.

North Platte’s own stories of the Great Depression era will come alive when actors portray well-known local figures from the 1930s at the Dirty Thirties Cemetery Tours. Tickets are on sale now at the North Platte Public Library, 120 West Fourth, Downtown North Platte. Tours scheduled June 21, 22 and 26.

Clothing reminiscent of the 1930s will be featured at the Chautauqua Style Show and Luncheon  on June 26 at Margie’s Bar and Grill at River’s Edge Golf Course. Tickets are available at Westfield Pharmacy, Miss Connie’s Connections, and North Platte Convention and Visitors Bureau. The cost is $15. Proceeds will support Creativity Unlimited Arts Council.

The Chautauqua Dust Bowl Exhibit will tell a story of strength and triumph in the face of despair, with photographs of the people and landscape from the 1930s.

The story of how legendary World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle was associated with North Platte during the 1930s will be featured during Chautauqua week at an Ernie Pyle Exhibit from June 21 through June 27 at Lincoln County Historical Museum. Free admission to the museum on June 23.

Chautauqua Workshops offer an in-depth look at life in the 1930s. From June 24 to June 27 Chautauqua Adult Workshops will be offered free to the public at North Platte Community College Theater, 601 W. State Farm Road. No registration required.

As a reminder of the hard times that many endured during the Great Depression, Hobo Sack Suppers will be available prior to evening Chautauqua performances from June 24 – June 27 at the Chautauqua Big Tent in Cody Park   Proceeds will be used to promote community projects of Creativity Unlimited Arts Council.

Get an up-close look at the 1930’s memorabilia at the Platte River Mall during Chautauqua week, June 21 – 24. Vicky McCarty will be on hand to talk about her collection of movie memorabilia, history, fashion and fiction books, toys and dolls from the 1930s era.

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