Ohio Chautauqua to bring traveling tent show to Century Village Museum this summer
Sheauga Quilters donation helps support project
Burton, OH, (Dec. 19, 2011) – Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum has been chosen as a location for the 2012 Ohio Chautauqua program, “When Ohio was the Western Frontier.” Ohio Chautauqua is sponsored and presented by the Ohio Humanities Council.
The traveling education festival and its troupe of living-history performers will arrive in Burton for the week of July 3-7, to take visitors back to the days of the Ohio frontier through story telling, music and entertainment. It will be the first time Century Village Museum will play host to Ohio Chautauqua, which spends a week at each of five sites as it moves throughout the state during the summer.
By definition, Chautauqua is as much a social and educational movement as it is an event. Its purpose is to bring the community together for the lessons of the past. That is a task that Century Village Museum does well, said Elizabeth Wantz, curator for the museum.
“Hosting Ohio Chautauqua is an honor that reflects Century Village Museum’s reputation for attracting visitors throughout our county and beyond and nurturing interest in the region’s history,” Wantz said. “We are thrilled to be recognized and have the chance to bring this state tradition to our museum grounds.”
Century Village Museum is working with its partners throughout Geauga County to plan and prepare for the summer’s Ohio Chautauqua project. Last month, the Sheauga Quilters, a historic artisan group that supports Century Village Museum, donated $1,200 to the museum to help offset some of the costs and fees associated with hosting the weeklong program.
“The Sheauga Quilters draw members from across Geauga County,” Wantz said. “This donation captures the essence of the community involvement that created the Ohio Chautauqua project and movement.”
The free program will include 10 daytime workshops and five evening performances of naturalist and folk legend Johnny Appleseed, frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett, Iroquois leader Chief John Logan, Lewis & Clark expedition member York, and hero of the Battle of Lake Erie Oliver Hazard Perry.
Active since 1938, the Geauga County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that supports Century Village Museum, a recreation of an 1800s Western Reserve settlement that includes 22 historic buildings and six support structures situated on 65 acres in Burton, Ohio. To fulfill its educational role, Century Village provides tours to roughly 5,000 school children from 60 schools every year. The museum hosts several major annual events highlighting various historical and cultural aspects of the Connecticut Western Reserve. The Geauga County Historical Society also makes available over 20,000 artifacts and documents for research and study. Century Village is located at the intersection of Routes 168 and 87 in Burton, Ohio. For more information, please call 440-834-1492 or visit www.geaugahistorical.org.