Chautauqua History Comes Alive programs were premiered in Transylvania Chautauqua in June 2019. And they’ll be coming back next June, 2020. In the meantime, take a look at what they great shows produced last year.

Meet Alexander Hamilton and Jackie Kennedy – hear their stories – ask them how their world changed. You’ll laugh – you’ll cry – you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Show will be held at Transylvania Library in the Rogow Room, 212 South Gaston St Brevard, NC 28712  | MAP

Alexander Hamilton | portrayed by Ian Rose

Saturday June 15 at 7pm – Transylvania Library in the Rogow Room

Seen the musical? Read the book? Now at Chautauqua you can personally duel wits with Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, long before becoming the subject of Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical.

An illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, Hamilton epitomizes the American dream — poor immigrant makes good. He went on to help win the Revolutionary War and ratify the Constitution, create the country’s financial system, charm New York’s most eligible ladies, and land his face on our $10 bill.

What did Alexander Hamilton ever do besides get shot in a duel by Aaron Burr? Why did Adams and Jefferson hate him so much? Disputes that arose during America’s first decades continued through American history to our present day. The duel of wits of our Founding Fathers fought illustrates that after the American Revolutionary War was won – the real Revolution began.


Jackie Kennedy | portrayed by Leslie Goddard

Saturday June 22 at 7pm – Transylvania Library, Rogow Room

One of the most photographed women of the 20th century, Jackie Kennedy mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. At the same time, her youth, privileged upbringing and highly public marriages made her instant tabloid fodder.

In her whirlwind ten-year marriage in the public eye, she gave birth to two children, miscarried one, and bore a daughter stillborn and a son who died just three months before her husband was assassinated. Her husband’s murder left her soaked in his blood and brains. At JFK’s funeral she bore the weight of the nation’s grief. Her widow’s weeds became the symbol of our pain.

There is something mysterious and private about this very public person. Was she mythmaker of her husband’s legacy or shell shock PTSD survivor? How did America survive a decade of unprecedented political assassination and unpopular war? How did democracy survive the Revolutionary ‘60s?


These shows are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Transylvania Library.