Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival - Greenville

Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival - Greenville

Monday, Jun 15, 2020 at 11:30am

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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.

Schedule:

11:30am - 12:30pm: Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison portrayed by Hank Fincken

He was the classic Yankee tinkerer, quintessential workaholic, serial inventor, prolific genius, and overwhelming force of nature driven by compulsive creativity with a gift for turning big dreams into everyday reality. Nearly all his inventions came after thousands of experiments that failed but taught him something. (The only device that worked on the first try was the phonograph.)

Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents including the light bulb, phonograph, microphone, motion pictures, fluoroscope, rechargeable batteries, stock ticker, and mimeograph – not including others, such as the X-ray fluoroscope that he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine.

But perhaps Edison’s greatest legacy is as creator of the modern R&D laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ which he called an “invention factory,” where constant experimentation was the necessary prelude to discovery. He not only hatched a new culture of innovation, he reinvented the whole way we go about it.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla portrayed by Ian Ruskin

Nikola Tesla has been called many things: wizard, showman, prophet, charlatan, magician, and Father of the 20th Century – perhaps even of the 21st. He was a prophet dishonored in his own time, but revered in ours. Now he’s a rock star icon for billionaires, cyberpunks, and inventors who are still fiddling with everyday machines in their basements and garages. A car, a rock band, and a unit of magnetic measurement have been named after him.

Tesla sparked the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the 20th century. This lone genius inventor is credited with inventing everything from radar to the microwave oven – including alternating current, the Tesla coil, and wireless transmission.

Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was a trailblazer who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. He is now seen as a visionary who sparked the electrical revolution and wanted technology to be used for world peace.