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Greenville Chautauqua: The Power of Words

Greenville Chautauqua illustration: Rachel Carson, Cesar Chavez, Maya Angelou, Abraham Lincoln
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Greenville Chautauqua illustration: Rachel Carson, Cesar Chavez, Maya Angelou, Abraham Lincoln

Before radio and television, traveling cultural tent shows toured across America. The original Chautauqua was a road show of music, entertainment, and always a great speaker of the day. At their peak, Tent Chautauquas appeared in over 10,000 communities and preformed for more than 45 million people.

Greenville Chautauqua has been in production since 1999. This year’s Summer program, The Power of Words, June 10 through June 25, features historical interpreters bringing to life Abraham Lincoln; poet Maya Angelou; workers advocate Cesar Chavez; Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring; and newsman Walter Cronkite. Walter Edgar talks with festival administrator and historical interpreter Caroline McIntyre (Rachel Carson) and historical interpreter Becky Stone (Maya Angelou).

All Stations: Fri, May 26, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 28, 4 pm

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.