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Seward, Nebraska
Bringing the Past to Life in Rural Nebraska
Chautauqua scholars, dressed as historic figures, help audiences engage with the past. Here, W.E.B. DuBois takes the stage. Image courtesy of Humanities Nebraska.

With NEH support, Humanities Nebraska has been bringing Nebraska Chautauqua to communities across the state for the past 30 years. Taking a different theme every three or four years, Humanities Nebraska develops a range of public programming for each Chautauqua, including speakers, performances, and a camp for teenagers. Since 2004, the NEH has provided direct funding for Nebraska Chautauqua around, including recent Chautauquas themed around the Homestead Act’s 150th anniversary and, more recently, the 100th anniversary of World War I.

“The whole idea is to provide an educational experience that is immersive and also has an entertainment component.”
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