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JULY 18-22, 2017 Evening Performance Schedule | Myers Memorial Band Shell Opening Acts at 7 p.m. | Living History Performances at 8 p.m.




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Austin Walkin’ Cane

Steve Brown Jazz Trio






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Cece Otto

Cedar Valley Cloggers

Ted Yoder




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Ashland Chautauqua is basking in the limelight. We received the 2017 Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce award for best “Culture and Recreation” organization. Those of us involved with planning the event year after year love what we bring to the community. Now it’s great to know that the community loves us right back! This season features “Voices of Courage” and opens with newcomer to Ashland, scholar Becky Stone, on Tuesday, July 18 with her portrayal of Rosa Parks. Parks is the iconic civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus to a white passenger in 1955. Her act is widely credited to be the beginning of the mid-20th century American civil rights movement. Four popular returning Chautauqua scholars will fill out the 5-day schedule: Ilene Evans as pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman, Karen Vuranch as impassioned union organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Elsa Wolff as refugee from Nazi oppression Maria von Trapp, and Marvin Jefferson as leader of the nonviolent civil right movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Audiences of 2016 Chautauqua will remember Ilene Evans’ song-and-spoken-word portrayal of Harriet Tubman and Karen Vuranch’s dynamic appearance as nurse Clara Barton. Ilene also portrayed Ethel Waters in 2013. Karen has performed in Ashland a record number of 7 times: Emma Edmonds in 2001, Mary Draper Ingles in 2002, Julia Child in 2009, Pearl Buck in 2012, Louella Parson in 2013, Edith Wharton in 2014, and Clara Barton in 2016. Elsa Wolff portrayed Amelia Earhart in 2011 and Minnie Pearl in 2012. Marvin Jefferson portrayed Paul Robeson in 2010. If you recall any of these performances, you won’t want to miss the performances this year.



By reflecting on the past, Ashland Chautauqua offers Ashland County and surrounding areas an opportunity to celebrate history in an educational and entertaining manner. Over the years, Chautauqua in Ashland has developed a dedicated audience of all ages. If you are one of those faithful attenders, we will look forward to seeing you again at the Guy C. Myers Memorial Bandshell in Ashland’s Brookside Park. If you have not attended Chautauqua before, this would be a great year to start. Ashland Chautauqua is supported by the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio Arts Council, the City of Ashland’s Parks & Recreation Department, Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, local businesses and organizations, and by local residents who want to see this vibrant celebration of history thrive in our community. Last year we welcomed Ashland Main Street as our fiscal agent and continue to appreciate this relationship. With a generous gift from Brethren Care Village, we are able to provide this high-quality color program again this year. Ashland Chautauqua programming is planned and implemented by a committee of local citizen volunteers. Thanks to everyone—planners, funders, scholars, and audience members—who make Ashland Chautauqua an exciting and enlightening event year after year. And, oh, did we mention being named the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce “Culture and Recreation” organization of the year for 2017? Join us and see why Ashland Chautauqua is a winner!



Rosa Parks............................................................................... 4

Maria Von Trapp...................................................................10

Bessie Coleman..................................................................... 6

Martin Luther King, Jr....................................................... 12

Mother Jones.......................................................................... 8


Daytime “behind the scenes” workshops led by the scholars are held for youth and for adults during the week. See the schedule and locations inside this companion reader. All evening performances and all workshops are free and open to the public.


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Schedule of Events All Events are FREE and Open to the Public

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10 a.m. Power of the Written Word! Youth Program with scholar Marvin Jefferson Park Street School

11 a.m. Our Proper Sphere: Women’s Changing Role in America During the Roaring Twenties Adult Program with scholar Ilene Evans Mill Run Place

10 a.m. Tell Your Life Story! Adult Program with scholar Elsa Wolff Ashland Public Library

2 p.m. Appalachian Storytelling Youth Program with scholar Karen Vuranch

MYERS MEMORIAL BAND SHELL 7 p.m. Opening Act: Cece Otto 8 p.m.

An Evening with Mother Jones

Ashland Public Library

3:30 p.m. Remembrances of the 1960’s: A Time of Change Adult Program with scholar Marvin Jefferson Ashland County Senior Citizen Center


Opening Act: Austin Walkin’ Cane

8 p.m.

An Evening with Rosa Parks

FRIDAY, JULY 21 10 a.m. Why They Took a Stand Together Youth Program with scholar Becky Stone YMCA Youth Camp at Myers Memorial Band Shell

MYERS MEMORIAL BAND SHELL 7 p.m. Opening Act: Cedar Valley Cloggers 8 p.m. An Evening with Maria Von Trapp

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 10 a.m. Montgomery, AL - A Pot Ready to Boil! Adult Program with scholar Becky Stone Loudonville Public Library/Golden Center

1 p.m. Coal: That Dirty Four-Letter Word Adult Program with Karen Vuranch Ashland County Council on Aging

1 p.m. The Guitar Lady Youth Program with scholar Elsa Wolff Salvation Army Kroc Center

2 p.m. Growing up in the 1920s: AfricanAmerican Expressive Art in Dances, Stories, Games, and Songs

SATURDAY, JULY 22 MYERS MEMORIAL BAND SHELL 7 p.m. Opening Act: Ted Yoder 8 p.m. An Evening with Martin Luther King Jr. EVALUATE ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA Please take a few minutes and complete a brief evaluation form to help us improve our programming and provide suggestions for future Ashland Chautauqua characters. Evaluation forms are available from ushers at all evening events and online at:

Youth Program with scholar Ilene Evans Ashland Public Library


Opening Act: Steve Brown Jazz Trio

8 p.m. An Evening with Bessie Coleman 3


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Try to imagine how you would feel if you woke up one morning to find the sun shining and all the stars aflame. You would be frightened because it is out of the order of nature. Any upheaval in the universe is terrifying because it so profoundly attacks one’s sense of one’s own reality. Well, the black man has functioned in the white man’s world as a fixed star, as an immovable pillar: and as he moves out of his place, heaven and earth are shaken to their foundations. – James Baldwin Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation


Saying No to the Status Quo


Born in Tuskeegee, Alabama


Marries Raymond Parks

1934 Parks finishes high school at the encouragement of husband 1943 Parks joins the NAACP and becomes secretary of the Montgomery chapter under E.D. Nixon

Parks thrown off the Cleveland Street bus


Parks registered to vote on third attempt

1949 Advisor to Montgomery NAACP Youth Council, the beginning of a life-long commitment to youth 1955

Parks attends a workshop at the Highlander School

Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus and is arrested

The Montgomery Bus Boycott begins

1956 The Supreme Court finds bus segregation unconstitutional

The Bus Boycott ends


Parks moves to Detroit


Parks meets Elaine Steele

1963 Parks participates in the Great March to Freedom in Detroit Parks participates in the March on Washington for Jobs and Equality 1965 Parks begins 23 years of work as head of Rep. John Conyer’s Detroit staff 1977

Raymond Parks dies

1987 The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for SelfDevelopment established 1990

Parks meets Nelson Mandela in Detroit


President Clinton awards Parks the Medal of Freedom


Parks receives the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor

2005 Rosa Parks dies and is the first African American woman to lie in state in the US Capitol


by Becky Stone


ace relations have been a problem throughout the history of our country. But occasionally, something makes us move in the right direction. In 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama that “something” was Rosa Parks. She said “No.” There had always been an uneasy truce between black and white folks in the South. Emancipation granted citizenship to black Americans, but white Americans ended all progress by returning to slave-master protocol that was enforced by Jim Crow law. These laws went beyond segregation. They were designed to make black people feel inferior and whites superior. To break these rules led to anything from verbal threats to beatings to lynching. By 1955, black Southerners had been oppressed as much as they could allow. The gun was cocked. They just needed the right person to pull the trigger. That person was Rosa Parks. Rosa was the perfect person to challenge the bus segregation law. She had the bearing of a Southern lady and the heart of a warrior. Her mother and grandmother had raised her to think of herself as having God-given rights to be treated with dignity. They made sure Rosa loved God and trusted Him to protect her. Her maternal grandfather, the son of his slave mother and their master, had a different response to Jim Crow. He hated white people and was not afraid to confront white bigots. He dreamed of returning to Africa as part of the Marcus Garvey movement. Rosa was a mixture of both.

H ASHLAND Rosa had never talked about race to anyone outside of her family until she met Raymond Parks, a man ten years her senior who, like her grandfather, looked white but was fiercely proud of being black. When she met him, he was actively involved in working on trying to free the Scottsboro Boys. They married. He continued his civil rights work and encouraged Rosa to finish her high school education. Following his lead, Rosa became involved with the NAACP. She served as secretary of the Montgomery NAACP and started their Youth Council. In addition to writing all correspondence, taking all minutes, and writing all reports, she would go door-to-door in the black neighborhoods recruiting volunteers, updating them on local civil rights incidents, and tried to get affidavits for the cases the NAACP was pursuing. She worked hard for change long before that day when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. By 1955, Black Southerners were ready to take a stand. No Southern school system had integrated in spite of the Brown vs. the Board of Education decision the year before. The world had witnessed the brutal murder of Emmitt Till and the South’s repressive response to Negroes who tried to register to vote. The NAACP and the Women’s Political Council chose Rosa Park’s court date as the time to show the city of Montgomery that the Negroes of their city were willing to stand in support of Rosa Parks and to protest the unfair treatment they received daily on the city’s buses. No one knew if it would work. All the leadership had asked for was one day. But that day was the beginning of 13 months of boycotting. Rosa was their hero - the model of self-possessed decorum, a shining example of non-violent resistance who was willing to risk her life to take a stand. No one, black or white, knew what would happen--how long the boycott would last, how violent it would become, how many changes it would bring. The boycott ended when another case, not Rosa’s, had successfully challenged bus segregation laws. New leadership had emerged, new tactics had proved successful, and the modem civil rights movement had begun.

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ABOUT Becky Stone Becky Stone, a native Philadelphian, moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina 38 years ago with her husband to start their family. With a background in theater, reading stories to their four children came quite easily. A librarian heard her reading to her children and asked Becky to volunteer telling stories at the library. And a storyteller was born! Becky has told at schools, libraries, universities, and festivals in the region over the last 34 years as a solo artist and with Thrice-Told Storytellers, a group that specialized in African American history and stories. She has also worked as an actor with various Asheville and regional theaters. Becky served as a counselor in the Philadelphia School System for 7 years and as a teacher and workshop leader in and around Asheville. Her storytelling and acting skills, along with her experience as an educator, have served her well as she portrayed Pauli Murray, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou for Chautauqua, starting in 2003 in Greenville, SC. “I love the Chautauqua format because I connect to the audience through performance and they connect to me as we dialogue after the presentation. It can be a powerful experience for both of us.”

OPENING ACT: Austin ‘Walkin’ Cane Well known in the Cleveland area, Austin ‘Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitar impresario who performs both acoustic and electric guitar mediums. He has toured internationally and crossed the USA, most notably from New Orleans to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar and suitcase in hand. His voice and original compositions recall Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, and Bourbon Street Jazz.  

PARKS BIBLIOGRAPHY DAYTIME PROGRAMS Youth Workshop: Why They Took a Stand Together In this workshop, Ms. Stone will explore Jim Crow laws and the ways Rosa Parks challenged those laws. She will explore Parks’ run-ins with James Blake, the bus driver who had her arrested. This presentation will explore the Montgomery Bus Boycott and conclude with pictures from “Look” magazine Adult Workshop: Montgomery, AL - A Pot Ready to Boil What was Jim Crow like in Montgomery? In this workshop, attendees will experience the frustrations of trying to achieve the American Dream in Alabama in the 1950s. Ms. Stone will provide a chronology of actions taken by Rosa Parks and E.D. Nixon, activist and NAACP president, leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and explore the roles each took that led to their involvement and activism.

Brinkley, Douglas. Rosa Parks: A Life. New York: Penguin Books, 2005. Hale, Grace Elizabeth. Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South 1890-1940. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998. Horton, Myles with Judith and Herbert Kohl. The Long Haul: An Autobiography. New York: Anchor Books, 1991. Parks, Rosa. Quiet Strength. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994. Parks, Rosa & Jim Haskins. Rosa Parks: My Story. New York: Dial Books, 1992. Ritterhouse, Jennifer. Growing Up Jim Crow: How Black and White Children Learned Race. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Robinson, Jo Ann (David J. Garrow, ed.). The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987. Theoharris, Jeanne. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013. Williams, Donnie & Wayne Greenhaw. The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2005. Woodward, C. Vann. The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, 1966, 1974.



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ou’ve never lived till you’ve flown! The air is the only place free of prejudices.” Bessie Coleman roared into the 1920’s in style, flying an aeroplane. She broke all barriers placed before her: color, race, gender, poverty, a poor education. She was charming; she was graceful and set trends in style, fashion, and flair. In 1921, Coleman earned her international pilot’s license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the first American, the first woman, and the first person of color to do so. When aviation schools in the United States denied her entry, Coleman learned French and moved to France to earn her license from France’s Ecole d’Aviation des Frères Caudron. “Because of Bessie Coleman,” wrote Lieutenant William J. Powell in Black Wings, “we have overcome that which was worse than racial barriers. We have overcome the barriers within ourselves and dared to dream.” In 1922, hers was the first public flight by an African- American woman in America.

Bessie Coleman

Brave Bronze Aviatrix of the Roaring Twenties


1892 Born January 26 in Atlanta, Texas to Susan & George Coleman, the 9th of 13 children. 1897 Coleman family moved to Waxahachie, Texas for better job opportunities. George builds a house on Mustang Creek. 1901 George moves to Indian Territory, from pressures of Jim Crow laws and lynching. For ten years, Bessie cares for her younger sisters while their mother supports the family. 1905 After passing 8th grade, she saves money from doing laundry and picking cotton to attend school – the jelly jar bank. 1910 Enrolled at Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University in Langston, Oklahoma. 1915 Arrived in Chicago, lodging with older brother Walter, a Pullman Porter, and trains to be a beautician. 1916 Employed on The Stroll of Chicago at the White Sox Barber Shop as a Manicurist. 1920 Leaves for flying school in France on November 10 with the help of Robert S. Abbott, publisher of the Chicago Defender. Enrolled at Ecole d’Aviation des Freres Caudron in the Somme, Crotoy, France. 1921 Graduates on October 29 from flight school with an International Pilots License. 1922 Sails back on February 17 to continue training in flight stunts – Barnstorming. 1923 Purchases her own plane, a World War I surplus Army training plane, which malfunctions and crashes just days later, injuring Bessie and leaving 20,000 people waiting for her at the field. 1924

Barnstorming across the nation.

1926 Dies on April 30 in Jacksonville, Florida at 34 years old while preparing for a May Day Flight exhibition.


by Ilene Evans Asked why she decided to fly, she replied, “…I knew we had no aviators, neither men nor women, and I knew the Race needed to be represented, ….” She raised money by speaking and appearing as a performance flier at air shows and exhibitions, barnstorming her way across the United States. In 1894, two-year-old Bessie’s father George followed the promise of industrial jobs in lumber, oil and the railroad to Texas, but found the dangers and burdens of race still prevalent there. Bessie wanted more education but left school to return to cotton fields. Her brother Walter encouraged her to join his family in Chicago. She did laundry and saved to go North. Coleman followed the news of aviators like Harriet Quimby in 1912 flying over the English Channel and of her fatal accident in 1913. She followed the exploits of Eugene Bullard, who went to France to escape the racism in Georgia, joined the French Air Force, and won medals for his valor during World War I. Bessie too dreamt of flying. Bessie’s brothers Walter and John returned from Europe in 1918 with the 370th Infantry and paraded with Black regiments down Michigan Avenue. Yet Black veterans continued to face unemployment, attacks of gang violence and lynchings, and strict enforcement of Jim Crow laws, Black Codes and curfews. Post-war economic recession included high unemployment. The fear and rage of the unemployed whites exploded onto the Black commu-

H ASHLAND nity. Between 1918 and 1924 the news reported little of the mob rampages, including the bloody summer of 1919 in Chicago. Mobs across the country burned black businesses. Terror riddled immigrant and Black neighborhoods. In troubled post-war America, an age of individualism was born. Release of social restraints and a sense of permissiveness and experimentation threaded through America’s growing cities. Hem lines were shorter, women bobbed their hair. Wives and mothers worked in factories replacing men who had gone to war. Some even became pilots. Bessie’s brother John teased her about French women being stronger and more advanced than American women, even flying planes. “That did it for me,” Bessie said later. She would become the first Black female pilot. Robert Abbot, publisher and editor of the Black newspaper, The Chicago Defender, supported her in finding teachers, learning French, traveling to France, and entering aviation school. He gave her news coverage and sponsored her first airshows and exhibitions, calling her “Queen Bess.” On April 30, 1926, Coleman, 34 years old, was killed in an accident rehearsing for an aerial show in Florida. She left an indelible image with all who learned of her accomplishments. The Roaring Twenties were made for someone like Bessie Coleman. The roar of the plane engine echoed the uproar of the national rebellion for equality. Bessie believed that if she could master aviation, she could teach others to reach for the sky, especially people of her own race.

DAYTIME PROGRAMS Youth Workshop: Growing up in the 1920’s: African American Expressive Art in Dances, Stories, Games and Songs! Ilene presents a fun interactive workshop for young and old alike. If your grandparents were growing up in the 1920’s, what are the songs they would have heard? The “Roaring Twenties” were full of dances, songs, games, riddles rhymes and the history of these art forms carried survival skills for life. Do you know what the Big Apple is? How about the Charleston? African-American culture took the country by storm and still influences our lives today.

Adult Workshop: Our Proper Sphere: Women’s Changing Role in America During the Roaring Twenties. How did Bessie Coleman fit into her times? How did she challenge her times? What made her effective as a role model and leader for generations to come? This presentation examines the changing values expressed in the “Roaring” 20’s about women and their proper place in the world. The ideal of “True Womanhood” and the “Cult of Domesticity” were held up as a standard for the new world family of the Victorian Age. Aviatrix, Bessie Coleman followed in a line of women who dared to redefine the ideals of true womanhood on their own terms, based on a sense of the connection of the family of all mankind and racial equality. They sought a world that practiced a kind of radical inclusion - one that included them and all their children.

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ABOUT ILENE EVANS Ms. Ilene Evans is an inspired storyteller, performer and scholar who weaves music, poetry, dance and drama to bring history alive. Ms. Evans creates and presents theater programs and workshops/seminars that inform, educate and entertain audiences young and old. She has toured extensively across the US and internationally with her historical and original works. In 2009, Ms. Evans worked with staff from the US State Department to tour to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Colombia to share African American history and culture through arts, education, literature, and music.  She has received the Foundation of Freedom Award from Wheeling Jesuit University for her outstanding work. Ms. Evans received her B.A. from Trinity College Deerfield and her M.A. (Storytelling) at East Tennessee State University. Ms. Evans portrays significant women of color who changed the world: Harriet Tubman, Coralie Franklin Cook, Memphis Tennessee Garrison, Ethel Waters and Bessie Coleman. Ms. Evans also offers a suite of spoken word, poetry, song and dance performances and workshops/ seminars tailored for national and international audiences.

OPENING ACT: Steve Brown Jazz Trio The Steve Brown Jazz Trio consists of Steve Brown on piano, Dan Conwell on bass and Steve Berry on drums. Steve Brown has been performing live music in the north central Ohio area for over 30 years. As a busy musician on solo piano and saxophone, he is also a vocalist and performs a variety of musical styles. Dan Conwell is an active musician who is well versed in both jazz and orchestral music. He currently plays in the Wooster and the Tuscarawas Symphonies, and is a former member of the Joe Barone Trio. Steve Berry is well known in the area as a drummer and percussion instructor. He plays in several groups including The Artistic Jazz Orchestra, Stardust Band, Paradigm and the Percy Hall Orchestra.

COLEMAN BIBLIOGRAPHY “An Uplifter.” The Evening World, 28 Sept. 1921: 20. “Aviatrix Must Sign Life Away to Learn Trade.” Chicago Defender, 8 Oct. 1921: 2. “Bessie Coleman.” Chicago Defender, 7 Oct. 1922. “Chicago Girl is a Full-Fledged Aviatrix Now.” Chicago Defender, 1 Oct. 1921. “Falls Three Hundred Feet.” Chicago Defender, 10 Feb. 1923. “First Negro Woman Air Pilot in Flight.” The New York Tribune, 6 Sept. 1922: 2. Jourdan, E.B. “Brave Bess Arrives Home: Aviatrix and Pilot Die in Plane Crash.” Chicago Defender, 8 May 1926. Jourdan, E.B. “Hundreds Pay Tribute to Aviatrix: Two Lives Snuffed Out When Plane Crashes Down.” Chicago Defender, 8 May 1926. “Negress Pilot of the Air.” The Hartford Republican, 28 July 1922: 3. Patterson, Elois Coleman. Memoirs of the late Bessie Coleman, Aviatrix; Pioneer of the Negro People in Aviation. Bessie Coleman Foundation. 1969. Poindexter, J. Blain. “Bessie Coleman Makes Initial Aerial Flights.” Chicago Defender, 21 Oct. 1922. “Queen Bess To Try Air October 15.” Chicago Defender, 7 October 1922. “They Can’t Keep Us Down.” Chicago Defender, 8 Oct. 1921.



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I want you to pledge to yourselves in this convention to stand as one solid army against the foes of human labor. Think of the thousands who are killed every year and there is no redress for it. We will fight until the mines are made secure and human life valued more than props. Look things in the face. Don’t fear a governor; don’t fear anybody. You pay the governor; he has the right to protect you. You are the biggest part of the population in the state. You create its wealth, so I say, let the fight go on; if nobody else will keep on, I will. – Mother Jones


Both Sinner and Saint

MOTHER JONES TIMELINE 1837 August 1 is the possible birthdate for Mary Harris in Cork, Ireland 1841

Immigrates to America about this time


Earns teaching certificate


Moved to Memphis, TN for teaching job


Marries George Jones – had 4 children in 6 years


Yellow fever epidemic – husband and all 4 children die


Chicago Fire


Introduced to the Knights of Labor


Becomes paid employee of United Mine Workers of America


Coal strike in West Virginia, jailed for the first time


Virden Massacre, Virden IL

1900 WV Coal Strike. She leads 3,000 women to bring out the men who are not striking 1903

March of the mill children from Philadelphia to New York

1905 Attending founding convention of the International Workers of the World (IWW) 1912-13

Cabin Creek/Paint Creek Strike in West Virginia


Ludlow Massacre


Joins March on Blair Mountain in West Virginia

Speaks at dedication union cemetery in Mount Olive, IL created to honor Virden victims 1924 Supports International Ladies Garment Workers Union in Chicago

Moves to Silver Springs, MD


May 1 is the 100th Birthday Party in Arlington, VA


Dies on November 30th

 On December 7th, thousands gather for burial in the Union Cemetery in Mt. Olive, IL


by Karen Vuranch


belong to a class of people that all down through the ages have been robbed, murdered, maligned, crucified, deluded and because I belong to that class, I think it is my duty to stop these crimes.” The fiery words of Mary Harris Jones resonated with workers in the past and still do today. Jones, who earned the nickname Mother Jones for her maternal devotion to all workers, was both saint and sinner, depending on whom you asked. To workers throughout the nation, she was a saint. An active force in the labor movement in the early 20th century, Mother Jones campaigned for the rights of workers in many occupations. Specifically, she worked with the newly formed United Mine Workers of America and was called The Miner’s Angel, because of her devotion to coal miners. However, she was also known for her work with workers of many professions including railroaders, steel workers and the children of the textile mills. Her efforts took her all over the nation, from West Virginia to Alabama to Colorado, where she had a tremendous impact on the labor struggles. But, corporate owners saw her in another light. To them, she was a sinner, using colorful, and often foul, language as she incited workers to strike for better conditions. In fact, Judge Jonathon Jackson, of Parkersburg WV, called her “the most dangerous woman in America” for her ability to rally workers throughout the nation. When she was called before his court for breaking an injunction, Judge Jackson would not put her in jail. He said that if he did, she would become a martyr for the cause of the labor unions. This gave Mother Jones a creative idea and, over the next few decades, she would work to be thrown in jail. She explained

H ASHLAND that when she talked to coal miners, only coal miners listened. But, when she was in jail, the whole world noticed. This use of civil disobedience was something she learned as a child. Mary Harris was born in Ireland in the 1830’s. Her father participated in the resistance movement, fighting English persecution, finally immigrating to America to escape harassment. The family soon followed and Mary grew up in Detroit and then Toronto. She became a teacher, but quit to marry and raise a family, as was the social norm of the day. Her husband George Jones, an active union organizer, introduced Mary to the results achieved when workers work together. But soon tragedy struck the family and Mary was on her own. Mary Harris Jones supported herself as a seamstress for a while. But, in the late 1800’s, she became acquainted with the Knights of Labor, a fledging organization that sought to better working conditions for all workers. Soon, Mary became a professional union organizer and spent the remainder of her life in a nomadic existence, tirelessly campaigning for workers’ rights. She passionately supported unions and workers by leading strikes, delivering outspoken and fiery speeches, and marching in demonstrations. Her colorful rhetoric did inspire many workers, with phrases such as, “I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.” And she would go on with, “If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class!” Her eloquent speeches electrified workers and often incited them to fight for their rights and for justice. She was both inspiration and instigator, and marched by their side as they campaigned for better working conditions. Of course, as a result, corporate leaders viewed her as sinner and reprobate. But workers throughout the nation simply saw her as The Miner’s Angel, sent for their salvation.

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ABOUT KAREN VURANCH Karen Vuranch is a storyteller, actress, historian and writer from West Virginia. Using solid historical research, she creates characters and programs that bring history to life. Coal Camp Memories chronicles a woman’s experience in the Appalachian coalfields. Homefront is based on oral history about women in World War II. Potluck: Stories and Songs about Women, Wisdom and Food is performed with singer/songwriter Julie Adams and poet Colleen Anderson. Karen also recreates historical figures, many of whom she has presented at earlier Ashland Chautauqua events, such as Pearl Buck, Clara Barton, Julia Child, Louella Parsons, and Edith Wharton. Karen is also a traditional storyteller, performing for over 20 years. Karen has presented many workshops on both the techniques of storytelling and how to collect oral history. She participated in the Nu Wa Storytelling Exchange to China in 2002, when 34 American storytellers visited the storytelling village of Gengcun at the invitation of the Chinese government. She is a faculty member of Concord University and the director of the Theatre Department. She also teaches courses in Appalachian Studies. She has an undergraduate degree from Ashland University in Theatre and Sociology and a master’s degree in Humanities from Marshall University.

OPENING ACT: Cece Otto Cecelia (“Cece”) Otto is a classically trained singer, composer, educator, and writer who refers to herself as a “Professional Artistic Journeywoman.” She earned academic degrees in music from Macalaster College and the University of Denver. She studied the Irish language and Irish Traditional music at the University College Cork (Ireland). In 2013, she created An American Songline®, an ongoing project dedicated to reliving American history through music. She toured the US celebrating the centennial of the Lincoln Highway, giving more than 30 concerts along the historic route. Cece has written two books: An American Songline: A Musical Journey Along the Lincoln Highway and The 10 Commandments of Crowdfunding. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is happy to return for her second appearance at Ashland Chautauqua.

MOTHER JONES BIBLIOGRAPHY Atkinson, Linda. Mother Jones, the Most Dangerous Woman in America. New York: Crown Publishing, 1978.

DAYTIME PROGRAMS Youth Workshop: Appalachian Storytelling My Appalachian stories range from humorous to spooky, engaging children of all ages. Specifically, the story “Rose and Charlie” is a ghost story that takes place in a West Virginia coal camp. I wrote this story after being asked, “Just do 10 minutes of Coal Camp Memories.” It was not possible to distill that presentation of one hour into 10 minutes, so the story “Rose and Charlie” was written to talk about conditions in the coal camps, as well as entertain.

Adult Workshop: Coal: That Dirty Four-Letter Word Coal Mining has a unique and rich history. This workshop will explore the history of the industry and how it has changed over the years. I will discuss the beginnings of the industry in Europe and its development in America. The cultural impact of coal will also be explored, including the creation of company towns and repressive mine guard system, how coal miners and their families lived, and changes brought about in later years.

Coleman, Penny. Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 1994. Cordery, Simon. Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2010. Fetherling, Dale. Mother Jones: The Miner’s Angel. Carbondale, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1974. Gorn, Elliot J. Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America. New York: Hill and Wang Press, 2001. Jones, Mary Harris (edited by Mary Field Parton). An Autobiography of Mother Jones. New York: Dover Publications, 1925. Josephson, Judith Pinkerton. Mother Jones: Fierce Fighter for Worker’s Rights. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1996. Ruby, Lois. Strike! Mother Jones and the Colorado Coal Field War. Palmer, CO: Filter Press, 2012. Steel, Edward M. The Correspondence of Mother Jones. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009. Steel, Edward M. The Speeches and Writings of Mother Jones. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998. Steel, Edward M. The Court Martial of Mother Jones. Lexington: University of KY Press, 2010. Wake, Dorothy. Mother Jones: Revolutionary Leader of Labor and Social Reform. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2001.



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aria von Trapp (1905-1987) was a woman of passionate faith and uncompromising determination. Woven throughout Maria’s life is a quest for freedom. In 1965, The Sound of Music won five Academy Awards. The beloved movie is loosely based on a small portion of Maria von Trapp’s real-life story. Maria’s journey takes her from orphan in a hostile home, to Baroness; from postulant at Nonnberg Abbey, to mother of 10 children; from refugee fleeing Nazi-controlled Austria, to leading an internationally known singing group. Born aboard a train to Vienna on January 26, 1905, Maria Kutschera was impatient and impulsive from the very start. Orphaned early on, Maria grew up enduring harsh conditions and an abusive

Maria Von Trapp Let


Becomes a candidate at Nonnberg Benedictine Convent

1926 Chosen by the Mother Abbess to help the Baron Georg von Trapp with his seven children and tutor young Maria who had contracted scarlet fever 1927 Georg and Maria wed on November 26th; becomes stepmother the 7 von Trapp children 1929

Rosmarie von Trapp, their first child, is born


Daughter Eleonore born; family loses money in Bankruptcy

1936 With Father Franz Wasner, begins the Trapp Family Singers (originally The Trapp Family Chorus) 1938

“Anschluss” Austria invaded by Nazi Germany.

1939 Family emigrates to U.S.; her only son, Johannes von Trapp, is born

Family leaves America on Normandie – returns in October

Sept 1 - Hitler invades Poland officially launching WWII


The Trapp Family purchases farm in Stowe, Vermont


Trapp Music Camp opens

1945 August – end of WWII. Trapp family raises money for “Austrian Relief Fund”. 1947

Baron Georg von Trapp dies at 67 years old


Writes book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

1956 Final Trapp Family Singers concert in the United States

“Die Trapp Familie” comes out in Germany


Sound of Music opens on Broadway


The Sound of Music movie premiers, starring Julie Andrews

1968 Johannes von Trapp oversees opening of the Cross Country Ski Center, the first of its kind in U.S. 1987


Dies after a short illness at 82 years old

Freedom Sing! by Elsa Wolff

uncle. Her first stretch toward freedom led her to run away from home as soon as she was old enough to put herself through college. At the age of 19, she decided to become a nun and went to Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg. Two years later, in 1926, Maria was sent to be a tutor at the von Trapp estate. Captain von Trapp was raising his seven children, ages 4 to 14, alone because their mother, Agathe von Trapp, had died of scarlet fever four years earlier. A year later, Maria, now 22, married the Baron, who was 25 years her senior. She confessed: “I really and truly was not in love. I liked him but didn’t love him. However, I loved the children, so in a way I really married the children.” Life radically changed for the family in 1931 when the von Trapps lost all their wealth. It was at this time that Father Wasner, a Catholic priest with great musical knowledge, entered their life. With his help, the family began performing together. The Sound of Music’s largest deviation from real life concerns how the family escaped from Austria. The von Trapp family did not secretly hike over the Alps to freedom in Switzerland. Their true path to freedom began in 1938, eleven years after marriage and the birth of two additional children. Captain von Trapp had made it clear that he did not support the Nazi regime and refused a commission with the German Navy. When the popular family choir refused an invitation to sing at Hitler’s birthday party, Maria knew it was time to quickly leave. The family, accompanied by Father Wasner, known for their hiking expeditions, simply boarded a

H ASHLAND train to Italy. From Italy they continued on to America. Maria was pregnant at the time, and their tenth child was born in America. America was not an immediate place of freedom or success. The family faced serious setbacks. Initially, they had to leave the country because of visa issues. Upon their return in October of 1939, the family ended up in detention at Ellis Island. However, their voices brought joy to their fellow detainees until they were finally released. The von Trapps established a homestead in Vermont, started a Singing Camp, and continued performing. In 1943, Rupert and Werner gladly joined America’s fight for freedom. When the war was over, the Trapp family founded an organization called The Austrian Relief Inc. They were able to send donations of food and clothing to Austria, a country in desperate need of provisions. The Trapp Family Singers performed for 20 years, singing over 2,000 concerts around the world.

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ABOUT ELSA WOLFF Elsa Wolff, entertainer and educator, has been performing, teaching, singing and storytelling for 17 years. As a performer, Elsa, also known as “The Guitar Lady” performs for elementary age children as well as senior citizens throughout the Denver area. In 2008, Elsa added Living History to her pursuits as she began portraying Amelia Earhart. Soon afterward, she added Minnie Pearl and Maria von Trapp to her repertoire. With excitement for this format of experiencing history, Elsa also became involved in Colorado Humanities’ Young Chautauqua Program and enjoys coaching students of all ages. Because of a passion for youth in general, she has also been the director of local youth programs for more than a decade. Elsa earned a Bachelor’s degree in German from Willamette University, including several years study abroad. She is mother of 4 and lives in her native Colorado.

Maria wrote The Story of The Trapp Family Singers which was published in 1949. In 1955, a German film company purchased Maria’s story and convinced her to sell her story, including all rights, royalties and control, for $9,000. Her impatience cost the family untold millions. Upon seeing the Broadway musical and later the film, The Sound of Music, the family was not entirely pleased. Agathe, Maria’s eldest daughter, put it this way: “It’s a very nice story but it’s not our story. If they hadn’t used our name, I probably would have enjoyed it.” Maria von Trapp passed away on March 28, 1987 and lies next to her husband in the family cemetery at the Trapp Family Lodge. Only three of the ten children survive - Rosmarie, Eleonore and Johannes. The Lodge in Stowe, Vermont is still a popular resort and the family name is still associated with singing. May the music never end! DAYTIME PROGRAMS Adult Workshop: Tell Your Life Story! Elsa Wolff loves telling the life story of “famous” historical people through her Chautauqua characters. This workshop will provide inspiration and some active participation as Elsa talks about and explores finding the story worth telling within our own lives. She offers perspective and a touch of humor as she talks about how to identify and engage more fully in your life story. Each person has a Life Story worth telling! Youth Workshop: The Guitar Lady Elsa Wolff is known throughout Colorado as, “The Guitar Lady”, singing and telling stories to children of all ages. Her motto is, “Music lifts the Heart – Stories spark the imagination”. Join Elsa for a program combining Interactive Singing and Storytelling. Appropriate for grades K-6.  

OPENING ACT: Cedar Valley Cloggers The Cedar Valley Cloggers are a dance group which fosters the preservation of traditional Appalachian clogging. Based in Wooster, Ohio, the group has been dancing for over 35 years. Traditional old time fiddle music and old time costumes are used for performances. The dances, performed in lines, mixers, squares, and sets, are fun and energetic and are a factor in the group’s popularity with the audience. They perform at fairs, festivals, local schools, nursing homes, and various other venues. The Cedar Valley Cloggers have danced not only in and around Ohio, but in several states and Austria! The group also offers classes for beginners, children, and performance clogging.

VON TRAPP BIBLIOGRAPHY Gearin, Joan. The Real Story of the von Trapp Family, National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 5 Jan. 2009. Ransom, Candice. Maria von Trapp: Beyond the Sound of Music. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2002. Trapp, Maria Augusta. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Philadelphia: J. B Lippincott, 1949. Trapp, Maria Augusta. A Family on Wheels: Further Adventures of the Trapp Family Singers. Philadelphia: J. B Lippincott, 1959. Trapp, Maria Augusta. Yesterday, Today and Forever: The Religious Life of a Remarkable Family. Philadelphia: J. B Lippincott, 1952. Trapp, Maria Augusta. Maria: My Own Story. Lake Mary, FL: Creation House, 1972. “THE SOUND OF MUSIC: 50 Years Later, The Hills are Still Alive” (LIFE Magazine Single Issue). New York: TIME, Inc.: 2015.



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n March 25, 1965, Dr. King gave his famous “How Long, Not Long” speech at the end of the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march and in it he talked about the history of segregation and he talked about his ultimate goal, his dream, “Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.” The Selma campaign was Dr. King’s finest hour. Congress was on the way to passing the Voting Rights bill. Dr. King truly felt that this, along with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, would help to push AfricanAmericans into the mainstream. Little did Dr. King know that he was about to embark on the most challenging part of his journey.

Martin Luther KingJr The Journey


Born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1944 Enters Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia without graduating from high school 1948 Ordained and appointed associate pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church Graduates from Morehouse College with a BA degree in Sociology 1951

Graduates from Crozer with a Bachelor of Divinity degree


Marries Coretta Scott in Marion, Alabama

1954 Appointed pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama 1955 Receives a Ph. D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University Voted as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association 1956

Arrested in Montgomery for an alleged traffic violation

Bomb thrown onto porch of his Montgomery home, but no one injured 1957 President of new The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) 1958

Stabbed in Harlem, NY - condition serious but not critical

1959 Spends a month in India with Coretta studying Gandi’s techniques of nonviolence 1960 Moves to Atlanta, Georgia and becomes co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church 1962

Meets with President John F. Kennedy at the White House

1963 Along with SCLC, protests segregation in eating facilities in Birmingham, AL Writes the “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” while imprisoned for demonstrating Delivers his “I Have A Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 1964 Attends signing of Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House

Receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.


Speaks to 25,000 after march from Selma to Montgomery

1966 Begins first northern nonviolent direct action campaign in the city of Chicago, IL 1967

Gives speech “Beyond Vietnam” at Riverside Church in New York City

1968 Gives speech “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” at Memphis Masonic Temple


Assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee


by Marvin Jefferson

On August 11, 1965, just five days after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights bill, Watts, a ghetto in Los Angeles went up in flames, leaving the nation and Dr. King stunned. Dr. King heard the news while he was on vacation and he immediately went to Watts against the counsel of some of his advisors, and when he got there he encountered hostility from African-Americans who did not believe that nonviolence was the answer to their problems. Bayard Rustin, an advisor to King, who met him in Watts recalled the occasion “I’ll never forget the discussion we had with King that night, he was absolutely undone, and he looked at me and said, ‘You know, Bayard, I worked to get these people the right to eat hamburgers, and now I’ve got to do something…to help them to get the money to buy [them].” It was at this point in Dr. King’s journey when he realized, if the nonviolent Civil Rights movement was going to survive, he had to include the issue of poverty in its platform. On April 4, 1967, Dr. King gave his speech, “Beyond Vietnam” in New York City at Riverside Church for the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam. This marked the first time he let his complete feelings be known to the national press and there was a tremendous backlash. Dr. King knew he would be criticized for his position but he had no idea the critique would be as disrespectful as it was. The fact that he was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and that his opinions went beyond “national allegiances” did not seem to matter. Despite the hurt he experienced during this period, he remained

H ASHLAND totally committed to voicing his outrage over the Vietnam War and America’s role in it. His position destroyed his relationship with President Johnson as well as his support. Dr. King stated, “On some positions, cowardice asks the question “is it safe”, expediency asks the question, “is it politic?” vanity asks the question, “is it popular?” But conscience asks the question “is it right?” With an idea from Marian Wright, Dr. King began preparing for the next stage of his journey, which would be for economic justice. The Poor People’s campaign was Dr. King’s ambitious solution to help foster a “radical revolution of values,” by enacting “mass civil disobedience” as an alternative to riots which Dr. King felt “cannot win, hence riots are not revolutionary.” Dr. King was seeking to transform the existing value system of the nation which meant challenging “capitalism as it now stands in the United States.” It is very difficult to sum up so great and complex a man as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but Stanley Levison’s summation is one of the better ones. He states, “Martin could be described as an intensely guilt-ridden man. . . King believed that he simply was an actor in history at a particular moment that called for a personality, and he had simply been selected as that personality. . .but he had not done enough to deserve it. . . when you don’t feel you’re worthy of it and you’re an honest, principled man, it tortures you. . . if he had been less humble, he could have lived with this kind of acclaim, but because he was genuinely a man of humility, he really couldn’t live with it.” Let us all be thankful that Dr. King was able to “carry the cross” as powerfully as he did, for it was his struggle and the struggle of many others that have helped our nation move closer to that “perfect union”.

DAYTIME PROGRAMS Youth Workshop: Power of the Written Word! When one thinks of Dr. King, we often think of a great leader and a great speaker, but Dr. King was also a great writer! Perhaps his greatest written work was his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” This workshop will briefly examine this great letter as well as other letters written by young people past and present. Young people will then be encouraged to write a letter about what concerns them in their community, school and nation and then to read these letters to the group. An insightful and fun way to write and talk about what’s important to you!

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ABOUT MARVIN JEFFERSON Marvin Jefferson has an extensive background as a professional actor. Between 1997 and 2009 he performed the Paul Robeson Chautauqua for the entire Newark, New Jersey school district. He prepared for his Robeson portrayal by attending the 1997 Annual Great Plains Chautauqua in West Fargo, North Dakota. Also during this time period, Marvin began his Chautauqua portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Between 2005 - 2010 he appeared as Robeson in the Colorado, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio and Nevada Chautauqua festivals. He has also portrayed Dr. King throughout New York and New Jersey and in 2011 at the Nevada Chautauqua festival. Marvin was introduced to Chautauqua by two renowned scholars, the late Giles R. Wright and Dr. Clement A. Price. He currently teaches acting at Bloomfield College. Between 1981 - 1996 he was the producer/artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), a professional Newark, New Jersey-based acting company that he co-founded. Marvin studied acting at the Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University. In 2012 and 2013, Marvin portrayed York of the Lewis and Clark expedition for Ohio Chautauqua.

OPENING ACT: Ted Yoder, Hammered Dulcimer Ted Yoder, critically acclaimed musician, is widely considered “the Bela Fleck of the hammered dulcimer.” His recorded body of work has garnered him plaudits from the jam band community, the folk scene and music lovers of all ages. When he plays live, everyone becomes a fan.

KING BIBLIOGRAPHY Branch, Taylor. At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-1968. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. Carson, Clayborne. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Warner Books, 1998. Cone, James H. Martin & Malcolm & America, A Dream or a Nightmare. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, (1992). Dyson, Michael Eric. I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Touchstone, 2001. Garrow, David J. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: HarperCollins, 1986. Oates, Stephen B. Let the Trumpet Sound, The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Harper & Row, 1982. FOR YOUNGER READERS Farris, Christine King. My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Adult Workshop: Remembrances of the 1960’s: A Time of Change This workshop will encourage people to remember and discuss where they were and how they felt about the major changes happening in our nation at the time. Have we learned our lessons from the past? Where were you when you heard the news about President Kennedy? Vietnam? Dr. King? This promises to be a very insightful discussion.



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ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA 2017 is made possible with additional support from:



Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Home Savings & Loan Kiwanis Club Noon Lions Peace Lutheran Endowment Teresa Durbin-Ames & Larry Ames Bob & Jan Archer John & Lori Byron Betty & Al Garrett Tom & Barb Slabaugh Dorothy Stratton Mike & Judy White Susan Whitted

Ashland Board of Realtors Kingston of Ashland Lynne Conway Joy Day John & Penny Miller

WHISPER Henley Graphics Sunny Riffle

IN-KIND Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Ashland Area Safety Council Ashland Public Library Ashland Main Street Ashland Symphony Orchestra Tommy & Laurie Beech Bella Bleu’s at Waters Edge

Belly Busters Brethren Care Village Brookside Golf Buffalo Wild Wings Candy & Nut Shoppe Creative Outlet Farmers State Bank Holiday Inn Express Mike & Seiko Hupfer Kingston of Ashland Lyn-Way Restaurant Mitchell’s Orchard Mike Ruhe Stela’s Ice Cream Shoppe Yoder’s Red Barn Ice Cream, LLC

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE Donations are greatly appreciated to sustain Ashland Chautauqua from year to year. Please give what you can through the audience donation buckets, or by sending contributions to: Ashland Chautauqua, PO Box 611, Ashland, Ohio 44805


ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA 2017 COMMITTEE Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Ashland University Lori Byron Ashland University Amy Daubenspeck Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

for providing the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel as the rain site location this year. Ashland University Office of Christian Ministry Developing authentic Christ followers who will impact the campus and their future spheres of influence.

Ryane Martin Ashland High School Stacy Prochazka Ashland Middle School/Myers Memorial Band Shell Dorothy Stratton Ashland University (retired) Judith Webster Loudonville Theatre & Arts Committee/Myers Memorial Band Shell FOUNDING MEMBER: Tricia Applegate Ashland University



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Tent Provided by Ashland Evening Lions

Staging and transportation of staging provided by Ashland University

Staging storage provided by Ashland County Park District

2017 Summer Readings Series July 16-July 28, 2017

Reading and lectures are open to students and teachers of creative writing, area writers, and literary enthusiasts Featured Visiting Writers: Legendary environmental writer, Terry Tempest Williams, July 16-17 Fiction writer Rebecca Makkai, July 19-20 Poet Dexter L. Booth, July 24-25 Full schedule at Contact the MFA office 419.289.5098 |




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We are One Ashland At AU, we are proud of our nearly 140-year history in Ashland, Ohio. Our strategic plan, Ashland Rising 2020, is our roadmap for the future. And we have a strong faith in our future, both as a University and our community as a whole. Ashland University’s long-standing support and contributions to education, economic development, arts and culture in the Ashland community creates connections that not only enhance our students’ learning, but also engages citizens in the development of our region. Through events like theater and musical productions, athletics, lectures and the art gallery, we serve the broader community as a vibrant hub of activities and programs. We are one Ashland, with a dedication and commitment to continuous improvement that leads to a bright and thriving future for us all. |



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Oceans, Riversand Seas July 17-21, 2018

George Frein as

Karen Vuranch as

John Anderson as

Debra Conner as

Herman Melville

Grace O’Malley

Henry Beston

Edith Russell

Sailor, philosopher & author of “Moby Dick”

Sixteenth century political activist and pirate queen

Prolific Cape Cod writer, including “The Outermost House”

Fashion reporter, designer & survivor of the Titanic

Hasan Davis as


Slave of William Clark and black explorer on the Lewis & Clark Expedition



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Map of Events

FINDING US – VENUES & ADDRESSES EVENING PROGRAM SITE Myers Memorial Band Shell 209 Parkside Drive, Ashland  AIN SITE R Jack & Deb Miller Chapel - Ashland University 456 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805

Ashland Public Library 224 Claremont Avenue, Ashland Ashland Senior Citizens Center 615 W 10th Street, Ashland  oudonville Public Library/Golden Center L 122 E Main Street, Loudonville

Park Street School 509 College Avenue, Ashland

Mill Run Place (Senior Housing Community) 1715 Richard Drive, Ashland

Ashland County Council on Aging 240 E 3rd Street, Ashland

Salvation Army Kroc Center 527 E Liberty Street, Ashland

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