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Ohio Chautauqua returns to Warren
May 25, 2017

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WARREN - Local residents will get to see and hear from historical figures as Ohio Chautauqua makes its sixth return to Warren in June.

The five-day free public event combines living history performances, education, music and audience participation into a cultural event for the entire community. The theme for the 2016-17 season is "The Natural World" with historical characters who spent their lives immersed in nature, using it as a source of creativity, discovery and spiritualism.

Scholars will portray zoologist and author of "Gorillas in the Mist" Dian Fossey; reformist president and outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt; Gothic novelist Mary Shelley; Native American leader of the Shawnee nation Chief Cornstalk; and French naturalist Marie Curie.

"Some of the historical figures are more well-known than others. This summer we'll have President Theodore Roosevelt but also Chief Cornstalk," said Cheryl Bush, spokeswoman with the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. "That's the wonderful thing, you really learn so much about all the characters."

The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. June 20-24 in a large tent at 303 Mahoning Ave. Musical entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. The tent, near the Warren Community Amphitheatre, can accommodate up to 500 chairs, though more come with lawn chairs to sit outside.

"It's a wonderful feeling to be a part of the audience as history unfolds," Bush said.

Daytime activities feature programs for adults and youth workshops.

Chautauqua is hosted by the Tribune Chronicle and the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, in partnership with Trumbull 100 and the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, and with support from the Warren Library Association.

Four cities are selected by Ohio Humanities to host Chautauqua every year.

Warren last hosted the event in 2014. Since a season of the show runs for two years, Warren was not eligible to host during the 2015 season and was not chosen for 2016. Warren also hosted in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The shows in Warren have drawn some of the largest crowds of any city in Ohio.

"The community is so extremely supportive of Ohio Chautauqua. This community seems to have a great love of history and holding the event in the middle of historic homes just adds to the atmosphere," said Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the Tribune Chronicle.

The three other host communities for 2017 are Milan, Burton and Clifton.

While the event has featured concessions before, this year, the Friends of the Warren Heritage Center will provide concessions from inside the heritage center in the Kinsman House, which will be open to the public.

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