A unique, exciting and free cultural event for all ages is landing in Lakewood this month as Ohio
Chautauqua 2013: When Ohio Was the Western Frontier comes to the shores of Lake Erie for five days.
Ohio Chautauqua is a traveling show that presents history in the compelling form of first person historical
characterizations. Lakewood is the first of five stops in the state for the event. Lakewood will host five
humanities scholars-in-residence from June 25-29. During this time, the scholars will interact with the public as
themselves and as their chosen historical figures.
Each scholar will present two daytime workshops: a youth program hosted at Beck Center for the Arts (17801
Detroit Ave.) at 11 a.m. each morning and an adult program hosted at the Lakewood Public Library (15425
Detroit Ave.) at 2 p.m. each afternoon. Subjects include Women on the Western Frontier, The Battle of Lake
Erie and Becoming Johnny Appleseed.
A variety of musical groups, including many of Lakewood’s talented students, will open the evening
entertainment under the signature red & white tent that will be raised in Lakewood Park, which boasts Lake
Erie as a backdrop. Following the music, a scholar will give a living history presentation of one of five diverse
historic figures, each with a unique perspective on the “western frontier,” including: naturalist and folk hero
Johnny Appleseed, frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett, Iroqouis leader Chief John Logan, Lewis &
Clark expedition member York, and the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie Oliver Hazard Perry.
More information on the event can be found at www.lakewoodhistory.org.
Ohio Chautauqua is hosted by the Lakewood Historical Society in partnership with the City of Lakewood,
Lakewood Public Library, Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood City Schools, and the Lakewood Chamber of
Commerce. Sponsors include Lakewood Kiwanis, Steel Valley Federal Credit Union, First Federal of Lakewood,
University of Akron – Lakewood, Dollar Bank , The Lakewood Observer, Geiger’s and Granny’s Attic.
he Ohio Humanities Council, with support from OSU’s Humanities Institute and the National Endowment for
the Humanities, sponsors Ohio Chautauqua, to be presented in five Ohio communities in the summer of 2013.