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, Rosa Parks
Coffee & Conversation: Rosa Parks led by Becky Stone
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 will continue to be free. Also, 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
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison performed 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.
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.
Location: Greenville Technical College, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC.