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Welcome to Ashland Chautauqua

We are excited about and planning our 2023 event, "History's Real Action Figures." Please plan to be in Ashland, Ohio and attend the events that will be held July 11-15, 2023. In addition, we are holding virtual book discussions by each scholar about their 2023 character from November 2022 to April 2023. Click here to learn about each virtual book discussion and sign up!





"The Chautauqua is the most American thing in America." -- Theodore Roosevelt

In the tradition of the American Chautauqua, the Ashland, Ohio Chautauqua allows audiences to witness history in its most compelling form - first person historical portrayals. Nationally recruited scholar-actors take on the roles of historical figures, appearing in costume and presenting exciting living history performances. Concurrent with these performances, and again in keeping with the Chautauqua tradition, Ashland Chautauqua also provides musical performances with each living history performance and daytime workshops throughout the week of Chautauqua. In 2020, we added virtual book discussions that run from the fall through the following spring.