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Chautauqua Series Returns in September

September 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grand Hotel
12 Public Square in downtown Mount Vernon 

The Chautauqua Series is returning in September. Put on hiatus due to the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, the series resumes its 14th season on September 9 at the Grand Hotel (12 Public Square in downtown Mount Vernon).

The Knox County Health Department has approved the re-opening barring an unforeseen surge in Covid-19. If you are feeling sick, please don’t attend, if you wish to wear masks, please do so and we will be supplying hand sanitizer.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Chautauqua Series, it features first person living history portrayals. The performers dress as a person from history and present an evening based on research of the featured character.

The series also presents historically based programs known as Lyceums. The first program will be this type discussing Woodstock. It will include slides of the people from Woodstock, then and now, couples who met at Woodstock and are still together today and a mini-concert of Woodstock songs played by Bill Carpenter, Jeff Putnam and Mike Petee.

The Chautauqua Series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ariel Foundation, The programs are intended for families, students and all who wish to know more about history in a fun, entertaining manner. Audiences will be able to ask questions at the end of each program. Each show is donation based, with all monies collected going to the performers.

The schedule for 2021 is as follows:

September 9 – Woodstock Revisited (Bill Carpenter, Jeff Putnam, Mike Petee)

September 30 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Susan Kahrl)

October 14 – General George Patton (Ken Hammontree)

October 28 – Ceely Rose Book (presented by Mark Jordan)

November 11 – Amelia Earhart (Amy K. Stoner)

November 18 – Marie Curie (Tammy Souhrada)

For more information about these programs, visit, or you can call 740-392-3018. If you would like to receive a “Gentle Reminder” on the Sunday before each program please contact Mike Petee at

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