For the past 22 years, the Tulsa community has had the opportunity to travel to another era and meet some of history’s most illustrious characters during Oklahoma Chautauqua. This year’s program, set to the theme “Anything Goes: America in the 1920s,” is set for June 4-8 at OSU-Tulsa.
Each evening scholars dressed in costume will recount stories in the character’s own words and in the language of their time. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. under the tent on Lot E with local musicians providing entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Each performance is followed by a question-and-answer session with the scholar both in and out of character.
Scholars performing in this year’s living history program will portray Babe Ruth, the Bambino and considered by many the greatest baseball player of all time; Zelda Fitzgerald, an American novelist and dubbed the first American flapper; Will Rogers, a vaudeville performer known as Oklahoma's Favorite Son; Bessie Coleman, the first female African-American pilot; and industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford.
Daily workshops will take place Tuesday through Saturday at noon and 5:30 p.m. in North Hall 150. All workshops are free and open to the public. Each evening, food options will be available from vendors on site or guests can also bring their own picnic.
The Oklahoma Chautauqua is presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, with support from OSU-Tulsa, The Avery Family Trust, Williams, Tulsa Community College and the Downtown Double Tree Hotel.