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Bexley is home to Capital University, Ohio Chautauqua's host.
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Bexley was chosen by the Ohio Humanities Council to host a 2013 Ohio Chautauqua during the week of July 16-20 The five-day event combines living history, music, entertainment, education, theater and audience interaction in an exciting cultural event. The 2013 event, "When Ohio was the Western Frontier," covering the time period from 1790 to about 1850, will be staged from the front lawn of Capital University on Main Street, with adult and youth workshops in several locations throughout Bexley. Bexley is the only community in Central Ohio holding an Ohio Chautauqua in 2013.
The original tent Chautauqua's were traveling groups that operated in the United States from 1903 to 1930. They moved from town to town giving a program of lectures, concerts, and recitals in a large tent. The first Chautauqua in Bexley was held on May 7, 1978 as a celebration of Bexley's 70th birthday. The purpose for the event that took place in 1978 at the Jeffrey Mansion holds true for the event that will take place on Main Street in 2013:
• To promote civic pride with an understanding and appreciation for our past heritage our present
• To coordinate and promote present cultural. educational, and religious activities of all groups in our community and cooperatively instigate new ones where needed.
• To draw families and our whole community closer together in a fun-filled and enriching experience.
A strong steering committee representing various local organizations has come together to further enhance our community's interests and support for our cultural, educational, and religious heritage. The Ohio Chautauqua gives Bexley the opportunity to attract new visitors, work together to showcase our businesses, cultural and educational organizations, and to celebrate our history and our future together.
The Steering Committee and Partnering Organizations: Capital University, Bexley Public library. The City of Bexley. The Bexley Community Foundation. The Drexel Theatre, The Bexley Historical Society, The Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce. Bexley Women's Club, The Jewish Communrty Center of Greater Columbus. the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department In addition. There will be representatives of the Bexley educational institutions and Bexley religious organizations joining this group.
OHIO CHAUTAUQUA will travel to five communities across the state this summer. The complete schedule includes performances in Lakewood (June 25-29), Madison (July 2-6), Rossford (July 9-13), Bexley (July 16-20) and Coshocton (July 23-27).
For more information about the entire Ohio Chautauqua program, visit the Ohio Humanities Council online at www.ohiohumanities.org or facebook.com/Ohio Chautauqua.
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