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Maryland Humanities Celebrates 25th Year of Living History Series

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Sarah Weissman, Communications Specialist
(410) 685-4186 | [email protected]

Date: June 12, 2019


Chautauqua Performances Feature a Filmmaking Oceanographer, an Arctic Voyager, and a Fierce Sea Captain

(Baltimore, MD) – Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, Arctic explorer Matthew Henson, and “Pirate Queen” Grace O’Malley come to life with Maryland Humanities’ Chautauqua living history performance series. Actor-scholars portraying these trailblazers will travel to eight counties throughout the state, from July 5 until July 20. Maryland Humanities celebrates the 25th anniversary of the program in Maryland, which launched in 1995 in Garrett County, with the theme Making Waves. In 2019, Chautauqua is part of Maryland Humanities’ Maryland H2O. A two-year initiative, Maryland H2O explores our many and varied relationships with water—which is part of our history, our culture, our future—through multiple programs. Maryland H2O also includes the Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, Water/Ways; the Smithsonian exhibition H2O Today; One Maryland One Book 2019’s selection, What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha; and engaging programs to spark a statewide discussion about water.

Living history performances by actor-scholars are followed by question-and-answer sessions, which spark spirited conversation and provide educational family fun. Every Chautauqua performance is free and open to the public and begins with live musical and theatrical acts.

Chautauqua performances will take place at: the corner of H & Spruce Streets in Mountain Lake Park ; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels; Montgomery College in Germantown; Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville; Elkton Central Library; Harford Community College in Bel Air; Cecil College in Elkton; and Crofton Community Library. Catonsville performances are from July 12 through July 14. Learn more about Chautauqua at

Chautauqua is supported in part by Old Line Bank, the Citizens of Baltimore County via the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, Karen and Langley Shook, and Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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