Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival - Greenville
Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival: Reinventing America
Starring: Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Hedy Lamarr and Rosa Parks
Get ready to laugh, cry and flat out have a great time at this ten-day – two-weekend festival of non-stop live history and fun for the whole family.
40 shows performed in costume by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. And almost all the shows are FREE.
Meet American game-changers – hear their stories – ask them how they re-invented their world.
Ben Franklin performed by Larry Bounds
Living in the Age of Enlightenment, Ben Franklin was many things: a printer, a postmaster, an ambassador, an author, a scientist, a founding father. Above all, he was an inventor, creating solutions to common problems, innovating new technology, new governments and even making life a little more musical. Franklin upheld science and intellect and reason – scandalous man!
Franklin helped invent and reinvent the American government as well as himself. He was a Loyalist who transformed into a patriot and founding father. He proposed the Albany Plan, mirroring the Iroquois. He drew up the Articles of Confederation uniting the colonies under the British Crown – and then he signed their Declaration of Independence. As the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention, he declared that the new government was a republic – if we can keep it.
Besides his experiments in electricity and inventions of bifocals, swim fins, the Franklin stove and the glass armonica, perhaps Ben Franklin should be best known for helping create a government with the flexibility to reinvent itself.
There are chairs under the Tent. Or bring your own lawn seating. Tent is located at the 800 E Faris Rd entrance.
Rain site for show is Auditorium behind the Tent. On day of performance, look on the website Home page for weather updates.