Past Chautauqua in Kirksville









The Heartland Chautauqua came to Kirksville July 3-8, 2000. 

The theme was, "Inside the Civil War", at the NEMO Fairgrounds.  This is one of three Chautauqua's held in Missouri in 2000.  This week long event was held under a huge tent as in the old days.  Kirksville did have a Chautauqua for nearly twenty years in the early 1900's. There was a tent raising on Monday, July 3, 2000.  The programs are free with a majority of the funding coming from a Missouri Humanities Grant and the Kirksville Chamber.  You would have met characters from the Civil War era; A.A. Burleigh, an ex-slave; Harriet Stowe, General Sherman, Mary Chestnut and Sojouner Truth.  This is an excellent way to learn about the history of our country.  The characters answered questions from the audience after their presentations; as the character they portrayed and as them selves.

It was free Admission to the Chautauqua, "Inside the Civil War", with portrayal of five important Americans. They gave audiences a historical perspective of life during America's greatest internal struggle.  Other activities include local musical entertainment each evening.
Mon. July 3, Tent Raising
Tues. July 4, Gen. William T. Sherman
Wed. July 5, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Thurs. July 6, Angus Augustus Burleigh
Fri., July 7, Mary Chesnut
Sat., July 8 Sojourner Truth

Book sales will benefit the Adair County Historical Society. Booth there or order by mail.  
Make checks to:

ACHS (Adair County Historical Society)
211 S. Elson St.
Kirksville, Missouri 53501-3466

"Bound to Slavery: James Shannon and the Restoration Movement" by Dr. Berry Poyner
Shannon (1799-1859) was an early leader in Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in America. He moved in higher education circles, serving as president of the College of LA (Centenary), Bacon College (Univ. of KY), Univ. of MO, and Christian Univ. (Culver-Stockton College).  Relived the years of a growing social movement, a passing frontier, and an approaching Civil War through the eyes of a "fire-eater".
$15 at booth or $17.19 by mail

I bought this book but haven't started it yet.  I will let you know what I think.

"The Last Roll Call" by Sgt. John Shaver
Originally printed by the Journal Printing Co. of Kirksville in 1898, the poem has been reprinted with proceeds to be used for preservation of the ACHS building.  The poem describes every comrade in the 1861-64 campaign of Company I, 7th Cavalry Missouri Volunteers. Donated to the ACHS by Dr. John Biggerstaff of Kirksville.

I also bought this poem but left it in K'ville.  I'll be getting it back later and let you know what I think.
It was only $1.00 (donation) but I am sure it will be more if you want it by mail.  

"Slavery North of St. Louis" by Dr. George Lee
To the east was the free state of Illinois, and to the north the free state of Iowa.  The vulnerability of slavery to attract by abolitionists was obvious, and the region along the Mississippi River became paranoid about threats to the system.  Lee tells the story of the residents' efforts to defend the eventually discard slavery. Hardback $24 at booth or $27.95 by mail, Paper $18 at booth or $21.95 by mail.

I bought this book and can't seem to but it down. It is a factual type book with short stories and quotes.  I believe it is well written and easy to read.  There are many names given in the book.  It also includes some history outside the area of the main Missouri Counties it focuses on.

Here are some pictures from the Heartland Chautauqua July 2000:

Missouri Chautauqua 2000, Eastern Tour 1

Missouri Chautauqua 2000, Western Tour 2



Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture  
Materials concerning Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and the nation's response to it. Compares different published versions, audio versions of hymns, interactive timeline and lesson ...
Last reviewed by ydowling

Mothers in Uncle Tom's America  
Information about Harriet Beecher Stowe, plus an examination of the different themes of motherhood in 19th century popular novels, essays, verse, and stories.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center  
Nonprofit educational institution operating the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the Stowe-Day Library. Tour and travel info provided.
Last reviewed by OMaxfield

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sibyl  
Essay by Harriet Beecher Stowe on Sojourner Truth.

Harriet Tubman Historical Society  
Encourages and supports research, plays, and programs and educate the world about the legacy of Harriet Tubman and all patriots for freedom.

Sojourner Truth Institute  
Information and resources on the life and mission of Sojourner Truth.
Last reviewed by rswdp

Ain't I a Woman?  
An account of Sojourner Truth's famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech at the 1851 Women's Rights Convention in Akron.

Harriet Tubman: Moses of the Civil War  
Article by Russell Smith about Harriet Tubman and her courageous exploits.

Internet African American History Challenge: Sojourner Truth  
Interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American history.

Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee  
Committee in Northhampton, MA seeks to erect a statue in honor of Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sibyl  
Essay by Harriet Beecher Stowe on Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist  
Brief biographical introduction to Sojourner Truth.

Mary Chesnut

Mary Chesnut, Diarist of the Confederacy

Angus Augustus Burleigh

Community Matters

Illinois Humanities Council-Links

Missouri Monitor, May 1999

Gen. William T. Sherman

One of Americaís greatest army officers was born February 8, 1820 at Lancaster, Ohio, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1840.

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