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Chautauqua “Reinventing America Festival” scheduled for September 3 – 12, 2021

With the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, Chautauqua has rescheduled the History Comes Alive Festival “Reinventing America” for September 3 – 12, 2021 with outdoor live performances. Virtual programming will also continue.

The Greenville Festival will have outdoor performances at 7pm at night and at 10am during the day at the Mauldin Cultural Center Amphitheater. Additional shows are scheduled in North Carolina at the Warren Wilson College Pavilion and the Transylvania County Library Amphitheater. All of our incredible performers have agreed to return. So yes, you will be able to meet and ask questions of Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Hedy Lamarr and Rosa Parks.

Little did we know when Chautauqua chose the theme of Reinventing America, that  we would be literally holed up in our homes or valiantly battling an invisible foe in our hospitals. We have had our lives turned upside down. Yet we have come up with amazing ways to cope with this disaster. This is what Americans do. We improvise, adapt, adjust, find ways to live through. We reinvent ourselves.

As the Covid-19 virus challenges our American ingenuity and perseverance, more then ever we will need Ben Franklin’s “science and reason,” Thomas Edison’s “perspiration,” Nikola Tesla’s “inspiration,” Hedy Lamarr’s “scientific foresight,” and Rosa Parks’s “grit.” And come this September at the History Comes Alive Festival, we’ll have our own stories of Reinventing America to share.

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