Second annual Chautauqua festival in Pueblo

Second annual Chautauqua festival in Pueblo

Voices of the ValleyPUEBLO, Colo.–Have you ever wanted to meet some of the greatest thinkers and authors of yesteryear? The second annual Voices of the Valley Chautauqua Festival, July 29-30, allows attendees to “meet” Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, C. S. Lewis and Walt Whitman, all of whom helped shape western ideology as we know it today.  Voices of the Valley is sponsored by the Pueblo City-County Library District, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Colorado Humanities.

The free performances will held beneath a tent on the west lawn of CSU-Pueblo’s campus, 2200 Bonforte Blvd. Thoreau will appear at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 29 followed by Darwin at 7 p.m. The Lewis and Whitman performances will be at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, on Saturday, July 30. This year, Chautauqua attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner.
Kevin Radaker as Henry David ThoreauThoreau and Lewis are portrayed by Nobleville, Ind.-based Dr. Kevin Radaker, professor and chair of the English department at Anderson University. Radaker has portrayed Thoreau more than 350 times since 1991. For more information about Radaker, visit

Brian “Fox” Ellis will portray Darwin and WhitmanBrian “Fox” Ellis will portray Darwin and Whitman. Ellis, based in Peoria, Ill., has toured the world since 1980, bringing a wide array of characters to life including John James Audubon, Edgar Allen Poe, Meriwether Lewis, and Wilhelm Grimm among others. For more information about Ellis, visit

Chautauqua performances feature humanities scholars who research historical figures and bring them to life through a theatrical performance. After the performance, scholars answer questions as their characters, then as themselves. It’s history brought to life in an entertaining and engaging way that captures the imagination and interest of people of all ages.

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