January 8-10 - Online via Zoom
A Chautauqua of Adult Student Presentations
Chautauqua Training Institute

January 11, 2023 - Denver, CO
Eleanor Roosevelt  at the United Nations: "Hammering Out Human Rights"

Balfour on the River Front

January 15-17 - Online via Zoom
A Chautauqua of Adult Student Presentations
Chautauqua Training Institute

January 29-31 - Online via Zoom
A Chautauqua of Adult Student Presentations
Chautauqua Training Institute

February 5-7 - Online via Zoom
A Chautauqua of Adult Student Presentations
Chautauqua Training Institute

February 6, 2023 - Highlands Ranch, CO
Clara Barton

Third Graders
Cougar Run Elementary School

February 9, 2023 - Denver, CO
A Visit with Marie Curie

Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families

February 10, 2023 - Wheat Ridge, CO
Irene Castle

Wheat Ridge Senior Center

February 22, 2023 - Lafayette, CO
Valentines Stories to Spark Memories

SPARK program
The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail

February 24, 2023 - Longmont, CO
Erma Bombeck
Longmont Senior Center

February 28, 2023 - Greeley, CO
Young Chautauqua Coaching

March 9, 2023 - Pueblo, CO
Mary Shelley Speaks

Pueblo Library. Free and open to the public.

April 13, 2023 - Fort Collins, CO
Eleanor Roosevelt on The Power of Words

Harmony Library. Free and open to the public.

June 9-18, 2023 - Greenville, SC
Mary Shelley at History Comes Alive Chautauqua
The theme of this Chautauqua is Secrets Revealed

June 28, 2023 - Minden, NV
Clara Barton

Dangberg Ranch

Open to the public. Details will be posted as they become available.

October 3, 2023 - Pleasanton, CA
Mary Shelley

Ed Kinney Speaker Series hosted by Museum on Main

Detail on Upcoming Events

Chautauqua Training Institute Presentations

January-February 2023

NOTE: Times are given in CENTRAL TIME ZONE

All programs include a presentation in-character,
followed by a Q&A with the character,
and a Q&A with the scholar out of character.

via ZOOM

Register at

In partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Humanities North Dakota has spent 2022 strengthening the modern Chautauqua movement by hosting the Chautauqua Training Institute, a year-long incubator program that seeks to identify, prepare, and support more scholars to develop presentations in the personae of important historical figures and to perform as those personalities for public audiences. Susan Marie Frontczak has had the honor of serving on the faculty for the Chautauqua Training Institute.

As we near the end of this year-long program, the eleven Chautauqua Institute students are preparing to present their chosen Chautauqua character on the virtual stage in January and February, 2023. They have worked hard to conceptualize, research, and create their own Chautauqua character. We hope to gather a large audience for their premiere event with the hopes that other organizations will also invite them to their stages.

Jan 8, 9, 10, 2023

Encountering the Natural World

January 8 at 4 PM Central Time - Rachel Carson (Katie Knutson)
Launched the Environmental movement as the author of Silent Spring

January 9 at 7 PM Central Time - Junko Tabei (Bowen Lee)
First woman to summit Mt. Everest

January 10 at 7 PM Central Time - Mardy Murie (Coral Conant Gilles)
“Grandmother of Conservation”

Jan 15, 17, 2023

Encountering Cultural Worlds

January 15 at 4 PM Central Time - Marion Woodman (Laura Deal)
Jungian analyst, uncovered eating disorders as neglect of the feminine

January 17 at 7 PM Central Time - Carl Jung (Bruce Henderson)
The founder of “archetypes” and the “self”

Jan 29, 30, 31, 2023

Encountering the Social World

January 29 at 4 PM Central Time - Walt Whitman (Patrick Scully)
The father of free verse

January 30 at 7 PM Central Tim - Josiah Henson (Eric Robinson)
Minister who freed himself from slavery

January 31 at 7 PM Central Time - Richard Wright (Darryl Wellington)
Originator of the phrase “Black Power”

Feb 5, 6, 7, 2023

Encountering the World of Work

February 5 at 4 PM Central Time - Kasturba Gandhi (Roopa Mohan)
Activist and Mahatma Gandhi’s wife

February 6 at 7 PM Central Time - Francis Perkins (Jarice Hanson)
First woman on U.S.presidential cabinet, creator of Social Security

February 7 at 7 PM Central Time - Michael Mooney (James Walsh)
Leader of 1880s miners strike in Colorado

SMF as Irene Castle

Save the Date!

Irene Castle

Friday, February 10, 2023
Lunch at 1:00 PM, Program at 1:30 PM

Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center
6363 W. 35th Ave, Wheat Ridge CO 80033

$15 Residents, $17 Nonresidents
Registration opens in December, at which time you can call 303-205-7500

The entrepreneurial audacity and artistic flair of Vernon and Irene Castle met the new, uniquely American, syncopated or ragged–rhythmed music (aka “Ragtime”) to fuel the dance craze explosion sweeping across America. Vernon and Irene capitalized on the golden age of vaudeville, dreamed up posh dance halls, invented instructional short films, and shot an outrageous silent feature film — netting and splurging fortunes along the way. Their brief, incandescent career strewed numerous legacies in its wake: bobbed hair, challenges to the color barrier, and an unexpected altruism born of a heartless side of vaudeville.

Irene looks back from the 1940s (several husbands and decades later) to reflect on her dance escapades with Vernon, his time as a pilot in World War I, and her second career as an animal rights activist.

The one-hour program consists of a 40-45 minute monologue in-character, followed first by a question and answer period with "Irene Castle" and then by a question and answer period with the scholar/presenter, Susan Marie Frontczak.


The Friends of the Longmont Senior Center present:

Erma Bombeck - By Your Side

Friday February 24, 2023

3:00 PM

Longmont Senior Center
910 Longs Peak Avenue
Longmont CO

Free! Call 303-651-8411 to register. Limited seating!

Erma Bombeck captured with paring-knife-sharp humor the daily life of a new American phenomenon: the suburban housewife. Having figured out from her own personal experience that if you can laugh at it you can live with it, she chronicled the housewife's daily struggles in her column "At Wit's End" three days a week. She eventually appeared in 900 newspapers across the country and in books such as I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression and The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. Bombeck brought to American awareness the life of women whose lives otherwise felt invisible and taken for granted. She let women across America know: You are not alone. In fact, we number in the millions. I, too, am an American housewife, and I will laugh by your side. One-hour program consists of a monologue in-character, followed first by a Q&A with “Erma Bombeck” and then by a Q&A with the scholar/presenter.

Living History