History to come alive again in ’14

WARREN – The Ohio Chautauqua Scholars are slated to return to the city in 2014 with a new cast of historical characters in their “Journey Stories” tour.

The Chautauqua Scholars are knowledgeable individuals who take on the roles of historic figures in an event that combines living history, entertainment and education. The scholars present monologues in character, and answer questions from the audience both in character and as scholars talking about the people they portrayed and the research that went into it.

Every two years, the Ohio Humanities Council program refreshes with new characters. The characters that will be portrayed next year when the event visits Warren have not been announced.

The 2012-13 season, “When Ohio Was the Western Frontier!” includes Margaret Blennerhassett, York, Oliver Hazard Perry, Johnny Appleseed and Chief John Logan. The group encamped for a week last summer on the Kinsman House lawn across from Trumbull County Courthouse Square in downtown Warren.

Chautauqua director Fran Tiburzio has said Warren crowds are among the best and that some residents even follow the Chautauqua on years it doesn’t come here.

Locals eager to see those portrayals again can see the free 2013 tour in Madison from July 2 to 6. Evening performances will be held at Bill Stanton Community Park. Gates open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6:30 p.m. and living history at 7:30 p.m. Daytime workshops will also be held at the Madison Public Library at 10:30 a.m. for children and 2 p.m. for adults.

Cheryl Bush, public relations manager for the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, said, ”We are delighted that the Ohio Humanities Council is bringing the Ohio Chautauqua back to Warren. It is always an honor for Warren to be selected. The credit has to go the community who have always shown such support to the programs in the past.”

Bush said the return of Chautauqua to Warren will coincide next year with the 200th anniversary of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

”We are exciting to not only be celebrating the return of Chautauqua’s living history but to be celebrating our own history of the libraries in Trumbull County,” Bush said.

She said the public should enjoy the five different performers who will portray characters of different time periods for the ”Journeys” Chautauqua.

Trumbull 100, the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau and the Tribune Chronicle are sponsoring the 2014 event.