Named for Chautauqua, New York, where the first one was ever held, the Chautauqua movement was a popular adult education movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The movement spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920’s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and learning to the entire community; they featured speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists.
The Brown County Chautauqua’s were held at the Brown County Fairgrounds in the old wooden grandstand. Now we will relive the Chautauqua experience once more at the Brown County fairgrounds, in honor of our county’s two-hundredth anniversary!
In 1845, a group of Ursuline Sisters dedicated to education came to Ohio from France. Their leader, Sister Julia Chatfield, founded the Ursuline convent in St. Martin, Ohio and the community immediately began construction of a four-story brick school building in the Brown County wilderness. From that foundation, the educational mission of the Ursulines of Brown County has reached children and adults through the public school system, a boarding school, a summer camp, counseling, high school, and college.
Support Chatfield College by coming out on Thursday, June 21 at 8:30 PM where Julia Chatfield will describe the history of the Ursulines of Brown County and their long tradition of offering a quality education at St. Martin!
June 21-23 (Thursday-Saturday) 2018
Program Begins 7:00 PM
National Anthem by Rep. Doug Green
MUSIC 7:30 PM
HISTORICAL CHARACTERS 8:30 PM
7:30 PM Music by Deann Kelley Kropf
8:30 PM “Mother Superior Julia Chatfield” by Margaret Clark
7:30 PM Music by Harriet Jackson Groh & Sandy Eversole
8:30 PM “John Parker” by Anthony Gibbs
7:30 PM Music by the “Civil War Revue Band”
8:30 PM “U.S. Grant” by Dr. Curt Fields