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.
9:00am - 10:00am: Coffee, Hedy Lamarr
Coffee & Conversation: Hedy Lamarr led by Judith Kalaora
During the June Festival each morning at 9am from Wednesday June 19 – Saturday June 22, we gather together to pick the brains of the historical performers. No costumes, no script, just a chance to have some personal time and dialog with the performers – over free coffee.
Each morning features a different performer/historical figure. Often the other performers and Chautauqua staff also join in the fun. And if you come to multiple Discussions, you begin to see how the 2019 “It’s Revolutionary!” historical figures relate to each other.
When the event is over, the Upcountry History Museum will be open. If you are not already a Museum member, admission to the Museum is: Adults $10, seniors and college students with ID $9, and children ages 4-18 $8. Children age 3 and under are free. As a Blue Star Museum, all active duty military service members and their families, as well as military veterans, will be free through Labor Day.
Location: Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville, SC 29601
11:30am - 12:30pm: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks performed by Becky Stone
Sometimes when the status quo needs to be shaken up, it is necessary to take a stand. Other times, one must courageously take a seat. Rosa Parks is best known for being arrested for sitting in the wrong bus seat. But Parks was not an apolitical, middle-aged lady whose fatigue kept her seated. Hers was an act that radically changed America to reinvent itself.
Founded on the opinion that human beings can be owned by others, America placed its democracy in the hands of free white landed males. It took a bloody Civil War before America abolished slavery. Soon after, Jim Crow laws, lynching and voter suppression changed it back into a nation where rights were brutally divided along color lines.
By the 1950’s a different America was emerging. Brown vs Board of Education ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. And a woman named Rosa Parks and a whole new concept of Civil Rights was about to reinvent American democracy.
Location: Phillis Wheatley Community Center - 40 McCarroll Way, Greenville, SC 29607