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Chautauqua 2001: Abigail Adams (Part 3)

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Uploaded on May 29, 2008

This video is an excerpt from the 2001 Chautauqua portrayal of Abigail Adams.
Chautauqua (shuh-taw-kwa) takes its name from a lake in upstate New York, beginning in 1874 as a training course for Sunday School teachers. In 1878 the Chautauqua movement expanded its philosophy of adult education to include an appreciation for the arts and humanities. By 1904, Chautauqua took to the road as part of the Lyceum movement, bringing lectures and entertainers to towns across America. By 1930, radio, movies, and automobiles had made Chautau¬qua largely a thing of the past.

Reborn as a public humanities program in 1976, today's Chautauquas feature scholars who take on the persona of celebrated historical figures, educating and entertaining audiences as they bring the past to life again. Families gather for our Chautauqua under starry skies in a big open tent.

If you would like to see the entire portrayal, contact the Maryland Humanities Council.

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