At present we do not anticipate any impact on this summer’s Chautauqua programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check back here for updates as the performance dates in July draw nearer.

I was reminded of… the humanity of history.
-Chautauqua Participant

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear from and interact with notable figures in history? Well, in July you can. This summer, join Maryland Humanities for our 26th annual Chautauqua living history series.

Chautauqua 2020: Raising Their Voices

“One day, I know the struggle will change. There’s got to be a change … not only for the people in the United States, but people all over the world.” 

– Fannie Lou Hamer

This summer, Maryland Humanities raises the voices of four notable women who took action to secure their right to vote. We bring to the Chautauqua stage the unique story of each of these women as they fought for their rights starting in the 17th century and continuing through the modern era.Margaret Brent (1601–1671), a resident of St. Mary’s County, was the first woman in Colonial America to request the right to vote. Mary Ann Jung, an award-winning performer who specializes in interactive history, will portray Brent.

Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was a suffragist and a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): she also founded the National Association for Colored Women and became its first president. Sherrie Tolliver, who holds a BFA in acting and a minor in African American History from New York University, will portray Terrell.

Alice Paul (1885-1977) was the leader of the women’s suffrage movement, helping to secure the passage of the 19th amendment, and author of the Equal Rights Amendment. Elizabeth Cannon and Joanna Guy will portray Paul in a dual performance. This mother-daughter duet will highlight Paul at two significant moments in her life.

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977) was a Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizer who co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Party. Arthuretta Martin, a performer who also conducts research on the framers of civil rights era legislation, will portray Hamer.

Join us this summer in seven counties across the state.

  • Baltimore County

    The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville
    800 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

    Friday, July 10 – Margaret Brent
    Saturday, July 11 – Mary Church Terrell
    Sunday, July 12 – Fannie Lou Hamer

  • Cecil County

    Elkton Central Library
    301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921
    6:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 11 – Alice Paul

    Cecil College, North East
    Milburn Stone Theatre
    One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD 21901
    7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, July 14 – Margaret Brent

  • Charles County

    The College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
    8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646
    6:45 p.m.

    Monday, July 13 – Margaret Brent
    Tuesday, July 14 – Mary Church Terrell
    Wednesday, July 15 – Fannie Lou Hamer

  • Garrett County

    Garrett College
    687 Mosser Rd, McHenry, MD 21541
    7:00 p.m.

    Sunday, July 5 – Alice Paul
    Monday, July 6 – Mary Church Terrell
    Tuesday, July 7 – Fannie Lou Hamer

  • Harford County

    Harford Community College
    401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

    Monday, July 13 – Mary Church Terrell

  • Montgomery County

    Montgomery College, Germantown
    20200 Observation Drive, Germantown MD 20876
    7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, July 7 – Mary Church Terrell
    Wednesday, July 8 – Alice Paul
    Thursday, July 9 – Fannie Lou Hamer

  • Talbot County

    Steamboat Building at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
    213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663
    7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, July 8 – Margaret Brent
    Thursday, July 9 – Alice Paul
    Friday, July 10 – Fannie Lou Hamer

    All performances will be held outdoors. Please bring folding chair. In case of severe weather, program will be held in the Small Boat Shed (Wednesday/Thursday) or the Van Lennep Auditorium in the Steamboat Building (Friday).

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in Chautauqua are the performers’ interpretations of the historical figures and do not necessarily reflect the views or position of Maryland Humanities, Chautauqua host sites, or our funders. 

Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.
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