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Summer Chautauqua - 20th Century Visionaries: Catalysts for Change (Virtual Event)

June 15th, 2021 6:30 PM - June 19th, 2021 - 6:30 PM
Contact Number: 580.237.1907
Location: Virtual Event: Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S 4th

In order to do our part for the health and safety of the scholars, our volunteers, and the audience, the 2021 Summer Chautauqua performances and workshops will he held virtually. We look forward to returning to the Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in the summer of 2022!

Information on how to watch these presentations TBA.

Chautauqua is historical tourism at its finest. It's your chance to time travel to another era and meet some of history's most illustrious characters. Historical enactments include a monologue "in character" and an opportunity to pose questions to both the visiting luminary and the scholar/presenter. Daytime workshops and lectures give further glimpses of the social, cultural and political nuances of the era.

The theme for 2021 is 20th Century Visionaries: Catalysts for Change, recognizing key 20th-century individuals whose work and vision continue to influence human experience in the 21st century. These men and women continue to inspire others because their unusual foresight and imagination led them to overcome their dissatisfaction with society as they experienced it and strive for something different, their groundbreaking work offering possibilities for humanity to grow.

Scholar presentations begin at 7 pm each night.

Scholar performances:
Tuesday, June 15: "The Ultimate Trekkie," Gene Roddenberry, played by Doug Mishler
Wednesday, June 16: "Queen of the Desert," Gertrude Bell, played by Karen Vuranch
Thursday, June 17: "Seer of Cyberspace," Marshall McLuhan, played by John Anderson
Friday, June 18: "Visionary Scientist," Marie Curie, played by Susan Marie Frontczak
Saturday, June 19: "Contrarian Architect," Frank Lloyd Wright, played by Ted Kachel



10:30 am: “McLuhan and 1960s Pop and Counter Culture,” by Dr. John Dennis Anderson. McLuahn both influenced and analyzed media in various forms from the 1960s.

12 pm: “Wright’s Oklahoma Presence,” by Dr. Ted Kachel. Outlining the Lloyd-Jones family history, from Wisconsin to Tulsa, the Tulsa Westhope residence, and the Price Tower in Bartlesville.


10:30 am: “To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before,” by Dr. Doug Mishler. Star Trek’s utopian vision is compared in context with other American utopian visions of the time.

12 pm: “Wright and ‘The Women,’” by Dr. Ted Kachel. Frank Lloyd Wright’s mother, his first wife Kitty, the scandal with “Mamah,” and his final partnership with Olga will be covered.


10:30 am: “Literature of World War I,” by Karen Vuranch. Gertrude Bell's poetry, literature, diaries and plays were created as a result of the devastation and cultural impacts of World War I.

12 pm: “Marie Curie: What Almost Stopped Her,” by Susan Marie Frontczak. Political, medical, and personal backstories of hardships are explored that could have kept her name in obscurity.


10:30 am: “McLuhan as Wise Guy: Are You Putting Me On?” by Dr. John Dennis Anderson. McLuhan used his public persona to lead audiences into new forms of perception.

12 pm: “The Sykes-Picot Agreement & Today’s Middle East,” by Karen Vuranch. Sykes-Picot will be discussed, a secret agreement made in 1916 to divide up the Middle East, which still causes strife today.


10:30 am: “Wagon Train to the Stars,” by Dr. Doug Mishler. Focus will be on the Star Trek series influence on American culture.

12 pm: “Marie Curie’s Legacy,” by Susan Marie Frontczak. Visionary scientific ethics, breaking glass ceilings, and nuclear technology are all ways Marie Curie’s legacy continues today.

This is the 26th year for Summer Chautauqua in Enid, making it one of the longest-running Chautauqua events in the nation.

Admission to all Chautauqua events is always free.