Museums of Western Colorado presents Colorado West Chautauqua

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – In case you missed it, Museums of Western Colorado’s Libbie Early joined KREX5 News at Noon live in the studio to talk about its latest upcoming event, Colorado West Chautauqua.

Experience history come alive at Colorado West Chautauqua. Professional performers as well as local youth will be portraying historic figures with the theme “The 19th Amendment and All that Jazz”. Historic figures such as Josephine Baker, an entertainment star and civil rights advocate, Billy Sunday, one of the most influential evangelists in America, and Jeanette Rankin, an American politician and women’s rights advocate will be portrayed.

Performances will be held at the Grand Valley Events Center the evenings of October 22 and 23,
with a special free panel discussion the afternoon of October 23. Evening performances are $6
per person/per night and $10 for two nights, Children 12 and under are free.

Below is the event’s itinerary for the weekend:

Friday, October 22:
Doors @ 6:00pm Performances Begin at 6:30
Young Chautauquan Performance
Grand Valley History Players Performance
Jeanette Rankin portrayed by Jeanmarie Simpson


Saturday, October 23:
Doors @ 5:30 Performances Begin at 6:00
Grand Junction High School Jazz Band
Young Chautauquan
Josephine Baker portrayed by Becky Stone
Billy Sunday portrayed by Doug Mishler


Saturday, October 23: 11:30am-3:30pm a daytime panel discussion will be held that is free and
open to the public. The performers who portray Billy Sunday, Josephine Baker & Jeanette
Rankin will be discussing their characters with the Grand Valley History Players.

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