America’s participation in "the war to end all wars” will be brought to life during the 19th annual Chautauqua tent show, “Service, Suffrage, and Swing: World War I Era in Delaware,” that will take place June 18-22 at various downtown Lewes locations.
Cosponsored by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the Lewes Historical Society, the five-day event is being held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into the global conflict that was fought between 1914 and 1918. Except where noted, admission is free and open to the public.
A mixture of education and entertainment, Lewes’ Chautauqua will be held under a tent and will feature re-enactors from the American Historical Theatre who take on the personas of celebrated historical figures, educating and entertaining audiences as they bring the past to life. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the featured characters who will include former President Woodrow Wilson, who led the nation during the war; Sgt. Henry Johnson, an African-American soldier who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the war; and suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, who helped lead the campaign that led to the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote.
Additional highlights include opening remarks June 18 by Commissioner Edwin L. Fountain, vice chair of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission, with an introduction from the newly crowned Miss Delaware; and “Coming Home, the Toll of War,” a two-part program facilitated by Vietnam-War-veteran Richard Claypoole on June 20 that compares and contrasts the experiences of veterans returning from WWI and the Vietnam War.
For a complete listing of events, visit history.delaware.gov/museums/zm/events/chautauqua.
For information, call 645-1148.