Ohio Chautauqua is returning to the Village of Clifton this summer for a week-long program showcasing history through dramatic performances and scholarly presentations. This blend of performing arts, discussion, and historic scholarship, represents the efforts of Ohio Humanities to “tell the human story.”
The Village of Clifton first hosted Ohio Chautauqua in 2015, after being selected by Ohio Humanities from a number of applicants across the state. Both Greene and Clark Counties supported the heritage-tourism event and it was very well attended. Clifton leaders hope to build on that success by bringing together local leadership in Clifton from the Presbyterian Church, The Opera House, and The Clifton Mill, to Public Libraries and other partners who helped to bring this world class cultural event back to the area.
This summer’s program explores the theme of The Natural World and features prominent figures from a range of backgrounds throughout our history, from American statesman Theodore Roosevelt and Zoologist Dian Fossey, to English novelist Mary Shelley and 19th century French scientist Marie Curie, to Chief Cornstalk, leader of the Shawnee Nation. Each evening performance will open with live music performed by local artists from an equally wide range of styles, from the principle Harpist of the Dayton Philharmonic, Leslie Stratton, to Bud EagleWolf playing his handmade Native American flutes. Each Ohio Chautauqua performer also creates a daytime program for youth and adults which will takes place at area venues throughout Greene and Clark Counties. To see a full schedule of events for details, visit www.villageofclifton.com.