Chautauqua's 20th Anniversary History Alive Festival Announced

Greenville Chautauqua celebrates its 20th Anniversary History Alive Festival. Get ready to discover that we are stronger than we think - that courage can be learned - and that we can get braver. These are times that try men's souls. And turbulent times forge muscles of grit. Five historic leaders, who in times of great adversity learned to become courageous, are coming to the Chautauqua History Alive Festival. And they want to talk with us. And all the shows are FREE! (Nominal charge for shows in Asheville, NC)

Who was this crafty and elusive Francis Marion, that "out-foxed' the British and who, in a virtual sea of enemies, just kept fighting until the Revolution was won?

If you were a fugitive slave would you return south to South Carolina to serve in the Union Army, without pay, to spy and recruit slaves? Join Harriet Tubman on the Combahee River Raid and find out.

What drove a shy Clara Barton onto the Civil War battlefield under-fire, to establish the American Red Cross, and to defy the South Carolina state authorities to save the Sea Islands after the 1893 Sea Island hurricane?

Why did Alice Paul, a nice young Quaker woman with PhD, end up in a city jail being force-fed and then confined to a psychiatric ward? As the psychiatrist who examined her said: "Courage in women is often mistaken for Insanity."

How did Winston Churchill rise above the personal tragedies and frustrations of his own life to rally the people of his beloved English-speaking world, when defeat seemed inescapable, to deny the oppression of Totalitarianism?

There will be great story-telling, lots to laugh about, and many deep secrets revealed.

GREATER GREENVILLE, SC (June 15 - 24, 2018) - 10 straight days - All Free

Evening Shows outdoors

7:30pm - Falls Park - bring lawn seating. Rain Site: Greenville Tech Tent (Tuesday Jun 20)

7:30pm - Greenville Tech weekends under the Big Chautauqua Tent - Chairs provided or bring lawn seating (Fri Jun 15, Sat Jun 16, Sun Jun 17 and Fri Jun 22, Sat Jun 23, Sun Jun 24)

8:00pm - Travelers Rest, Trailblazer Park Amphitheater - bring lawn seating. Rain Site: Farmer's Market (Wed Jun 20)

Special Event (Saturday June 16) - Winston Churchill

10:00am - Runway Café at Greenville Downtown Airport

Daytime Shows indoors - Monday thru Friday at 11:30am - Saturday & Sunday at 2pm

11:30am - (Mon Jun 18 - Phillis Wheatley Center) * (Tue Jun 19 - Younts Center)
(Wed June 20/Thu Jun 21 - The Kroc Center) * (Fri Jun 22 - Centre Stage)

2:00pm - (Sat Jun 16, Sun Jun 17 & Sun Jun 24 - Greenville Tech, TRC Bldg 102 Auditorium) (Sat Jun 23/Pelzer Auditorium, Pelzer)

Morning Discussions and Coffee with Performers (Wed Jun 20 - Thu Jun 21 - Fri Jun 22 - Sat Jun 23)

9:00am - Upcountry History Museum

SPARTANBURG, SC (June 18, 19, 20, 21) at 7pm, Headquarters Library, Barrett Room - Free

ASHEVILLE, NC (June 18, 19, 20, 21) at 7pm, A-B Tech Community College, Ferguson Auditorium - ($5 admission - pay at door)

terpreted Shows: Two sign interpreters signing throughout the entire show.

Sat Jun 18 at 2:00pm - Harriet Tubman, Greenville Tech, TRC Building 102 Auditorium

Sun Jun 19 at 2:00pm - Alice Paul, Greenville Tech, TRC Building 102 Auditorium

Fri Jun 22 at 7:30pm - Francis Marion, Under the Tent at Greenville Tech

Sat Jun 23 at 2:00pm - Winston Churchill, Pelzer Auditorium, Pelzer

Sun Jun 24 at 2:00pm - Clara Barton at Greenville Tech, TRC Building 102 Auditorium

Youth Community Outreach programs: During the 2018 History Alive "COURAGE" Festival, Chautauqua will also produce a special version of the Harriet Tubman show by Becky Stone for youth community outreach.

Mon Jun 18 at 9:00am - Phillis Wheatley Community Center

Tue Jun 19 at 10:00am - Kroc Center/ Boys and Girls Club & other community groups

Fri Jun 22 at 1:00pm - Long Branch Baptist youth and other community groups

Sat Jun 23 at 1:00pm - Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center

Greenville Chautauqua
More than history. More than a performance. More than a story. We are Chautauqua, a nonprofit, experiential oral tradition that brings history to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion that stimulates critical thinking. We believe stories should be told and histories deserve to be heard.

We're committed to bringing great communities together to celebrate culture, conversation, and critical thought. We celebrate the diversity of our culture through a variety of voices from the past because history belongs to all of us. As a non-profit dedicated to bringing history to life, our events are and always will be free, fun, and family-friendly.



Fri Jun 15 at 7:30p - Winston Churchill, Greenville Technical College (Faris Rd) Tent

Sat Jun 16 at 10:00a - Winston Churchill event, Runway Café, Greenville Downtown Airport
Sat Jun 16 at 2:00p - Harriet Tubman, Greenville Technical College, Bldg 102 TRC Auditorium
Sat Jun 16 at 7:30p - Clara Barton, Greenville Technical College (Faris Rd) Tent

Sun Jun 17 at 2:00p - Alice Paul, Greenville Technical College, Bldg 102 TRC Auditorium

Sun Jun 17 at 7:30p - Francis Marion, Greenville Technical College (Faris Rd) Tent


Mon Jun 18 at 11:30a - Harriet Tubman, Phillis Wheatley Center, Greenville

Mon Jun 18 at 7:00p - Francis Marion, Headquarters Library, Spartanburg

Mon Jun 18 at 7:00p - Winston Churchill, A-B Technical College, Asheville ($5)

Tue Jun 19 at 11:30a - Francis Marion, Younts Center, Fountain Inn

Tue Jun 19 at 7:00p - Alice Paul, Headquarters Library, Spartanburg

Tue Jun 19 at 7:00p - Harriet Tubman, A-B Technical College, Asheville ($5)

Tue Jun 19 at 7:30p - Winston Churchill, Falls Park, Greenville, bring seating

Wed Jun 20 at 9:00a - Discussion Winston Churchill, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville

Wed Jun 20 at 11:30a - Harriet Tubman, The Kroc Center, Greenville

Wed Jun 20 at 7:00p - Winston Churchill, Headquarters Library, Spartanburg

Wed Jun 20 at 7:00p - Alice Paul, A-B Technical College, Asheville ($5)

Wed Jun 20 at 8:00p - Frances Marion, Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest

Thu Jun 21 at 9:00a - Discussion Paul/Barton, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville

Thu Jun 21 at 11:30a - Winston Churchill, The Kroc Center, Greenville

Thu Jun 21 at 7:00p - Harriet Tubman, Headquarters Library, Spartanburg

Thu Jun 21 at 7:00p - Francis Marion, A-B Technical, Asheville ($5)


Fri Jun 22 at 9a - Discussion Harriet Tubman, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville

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