A Chautauqua show is a historical reenactment of American heroes where the members of the audience ask questions and converse one-on-one with the people who shaped our country and our world.

Athens Chautauqua is the only Georgia venue selected to participate in the national program, organized in cooperation with the highly successful History Comes Alive program serving thousands of people in Greenville, SC since 1999. Our mission is to bring history to life through interactive theater and engaging lectures, where compelling discussion stimulates critical thinking. We believe “history comes alive” when historical characters tell their stories in their own words.

Upcoming Events

All Athens Chautauqua Events are Free.

Through History’s Lens / Clouded or Clear – Looking Back at the 2020 Election (Virtual Talk – Online Zoom)

Tuesday November 10, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon EDT
Presented by Hon. Charles B. Schudson


Reinventing America (Live Theatre)

Sunday June 13, 2021
Rosa Parks @ 3:30 pm
Benjamin Franklin @ 7:00pm
Morton Theatre, Athens, Ga


We Need Your Help

Donations are needed for the nonprofit Athens Chautauqua Society to take flight. Your tax deductible contribution will be used exclusively to produce Chautauqua History Comes Alive programs in Athens, GA which includes engaging theatre along with in-person and virtual lectures or talks. You will receive a receipt documenting your tax-deductible support for the Athens Chautauqua Society.

Greenville Chautauqua (GC) currently serves as fiscal agent for the developing Athens Chautauqua program.

Mail your check payable to Greenville Chautauqua, 11 Rock Side Court, Greenville, SC 29615. Write “Athens Chautauqua” on the memo line or Donate to Athens Chautauqua online:


You will be directed to a secure PayPal website where you can donate either with your credit card or your PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to donate.

Thanks for your support of the Athens Chautauqua Society

For questions and suggestions, please email athenschau@gmail.com