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The Golden Age of Hollywood comes to Tulsa!  Don't miss the 20th anniversary of Oklahoma Chautauqua.  Scholars present a living history program in full costume!

It's all under the tent on the OSU-Tulsa campus.

Now through Saturday night, you can hear scholars recount stories in the character's own words and in the language of their time.

This year's festival features illustrious people who created Hollywood in the 1920's and '30's.

People like Walt Disney, W.C. Fields, Louella Parsons, a well-known Hollywood gossip columnist, D.W. Griffith, a pioneer of American film, and Paul Robeson, an internationally renowned state and film actor.

It works like this.  Daily workshops will take place through Saturday, June 11th, at noon and 5:30 p.m. in OSU-Tulsa's Conference Center, North Hall 150. Local musicians will then provide entertainment each night at 6:30 p.m. prior to the evening performances at 7:30p.m.

The best part?  It's ALL FREE!

You can also bring a picnic or buy refreshments on site.

The first chautauqua was held in the 1870s at New York's Lake Chautauqua, originally a camp for Sunday school teachers. In the early 20th century, chautauqua was a tent show traveling along a circuit in the Midwestern United States that presented a stage for contemporary culture, political oratory and discussion of modern social issues. The modern chautauqua movement began during the American bicentennial, as a tent revival for humanities and as an entertaining means to provoke discussion of American history. 

Oklahoma Chautauqua is presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.

OSU-Tulsa is located in downtown Tulsa at 700 North Greenwood Ave., near I-244 and Detroit Avenue. For a detailed schedule of events or more information, visit www.okchautauqua.org.

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