Ohio Chautauqua 2013: When Ohio Was the Western Frontier

. June 27, 2013.

It’s hard to believe that Ohio was once the wild Western frontier of the infant United States of America. And it was the pioneering spirit of the early Ohioans and the historical figures who passed through “the heart of it all” that helped to define the great state and nation to come. To commemorate the state’s rich history the Ohio Humanities Council will present the 15th annual tour of Ohio Chautauqua. Chautauquas were popular gatherings of speakers, musicians and educators that were popular in rural America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Teddy Roosevelt once proclaimed that Chautauquas were “the most American thing in America.” To keep the tradition going the Ohio Chautauqua 2013 explores “When Ohio Was the Western Frontier” and will highlight Johnny Appleseed, frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett, Iroquois Chief John Logan, Lewis & Clark expedition member York, and the Commodore Oliver “Hazard” Perry. Each day will feature a different workshops for children and adults, live music and one of the educational reinactors. All workshops will be at the Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Hwy., Rossford. 10am, children; 2pm, adults. All performances will be at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 300 Hannum Ave., Rossford. 6:30pm, music; 7:30pm, scholar. www.ohiohumanities.org—JG