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Kentucky State Parks celebrate 20th anniversary of Kentucky Chautauqua

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2012) — The Kentucky Humanities Council invites you to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Kentucky Chautauqua program, which for two decades has helped tell Kentucky’s story through interesting dramatic characters.

The council is joining with the Kentucky State Parks to help celebrate Aug. 1-5 with special programs at five parks.

The “History & Humor, Hummin’ & Strummin’ 2012” programs will include Kentucky Chautauqua presentations, featuring actors who portray people important to the state’s history and culture.

The five-day celebration is also commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce more Kentuckians to the Kentucky Chautauqua program while enjoying our exceptional Kentucky State Parks,” said Virginia G. Carter, executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

The “History & Humor, Hummin’ & Strummin’ 2012” programs will feature traditional Chautauqua outdoor settings with a large tent, a stage, chairs for guests, and refreshments. Each show will start at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. There is no charge  to attend. Indoor facilities will be available in case of rain.

“We’re happy to work with the Kentucky Humanities Council to celebrate the anniversary of the Kentucky Chautauqua program at Kentucky State Parks,” said Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker. “Many of our parks have Kentucky Chautauqua events throughout the year.”

Some of the figures from Kentucky’s past who will be featured at the parks include Colonel Harland Sanders; Mary Settles, the last Shaker at Pleasant Hill; abolitionist John G. Fee and Pvt. William Greathouse, a young soldier in the War of 1812.

Here is the schedule for the five-day event:

Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

Thursday, Aug. 2, at General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton

Friday, Aug. 3, Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

Saturday, Aug. 4, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

Sunday, Aug. 5, Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg

Each park will offer an afternoon activity, such as a tour or walk, before the 6 p.m. program. Restaurants at the four resort parks will be open for dinner and food will also be available at Old Fort Harrod prior to the Chautauqua event. Four Kentucky Chautauqua characters will perform at each location.

For more information about the Kentucky Humanities Council and the Kentucky State Parks visit www.kyhumanities.org and www.parks.ky.gov.