College & Community Relations

High Plains Chautauqua Opens in Greeley on Aug. 2; All Events are FREE

Submitted on: 07-25-2005

Living History Presentations Bring to Life Famous People of our Nation from 1945 to 1960 All Events are Free GREELEY -- The 2005 High Plains Chautauqua, presented annually by the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, opens Tuesday evening, Aug. 2. First-person portrayals of historic characters run Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Saturday evening, Aug. 6, in Greeley. A variety of daytime programs for adults and children are also scheduled Wednesday through Saturday. This year’s event, titled Shake, Rattle and Roll: 1945-1960 will once again be held under the Big Tent at Aims Community College and at other venues across the city of Greeley. Spanning a 15-year time period, Shake, Rattle and Roll: 1945-1960 highlights such historical events as the dropping of the first atom bomb, the end of World War II and the emergence of our nation’s Civil Rights movement. The five-day event begins on Aug. 2 with an evening program overview at 7:30 p.m. at the Hensel Phelps Theatre, Union Colony Civic Center. Following are this year’s evening portrayals. On Aug. 3, Edward R. Murrow will be portrayed by Doug Mishler. Murrow began his broadcast journalism career at CBS Radio in 1935. He ushered television news into the 1950s and is credited with creating the TV documentary. His 1960 “Harvest of Shame” documentary exposed the plight of migrant workers. Also on Aug. 3, César Chávez will be portrayed by Jason Gonzales, a Young Chautauquan. From 1952 until 1962, Chávez worked with the Community Service Organization informing workers of their rights. Later in the l960s, he worked to create a farm workers’ union and led the nationwide boycott of California grapes. Thursday, Aug. 4, will feature Dorothy Thompson portrayed by Annette Baldwin. Dubbed the second most popular woman in America, after Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Thompson was the most syndicated woman journalist in the country. Through columns in newspapers across the country and in the Ladies Home Journal, Thompson opined on everything from the Kinsey Report to nuclear disarmament to women’s issues. Also on Thursday evening, Harry Truman will be portrayed by Bill Worley. Presiding over the conclusion of World War II, President Harry S. Truman’s decision to bomb Japan, along with the terms of the peace agreement, set the stage for the Cold War and the Atomic Age. Friday evening features Joseph McCarthy portrayed by Paul Vickery. Senator Joe McCarthy’s zealous approach to the Communist threat in the 1950s ruined Hollywood careers, and still raises questions about limiting free speech. In addition, on Friday evening, Paul Robeson will be portrayed by Marvin Jefferson. The epitome of the 20th Century Renaissance man, Paul Robeson was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, scholar, author and political activist. Although his talents made him a revered man of his time, his radical political beliefs all but erased him from popular history. The High Plains Chautauqua closes on Saturday evening with Rachel Carson portrayed by Doris Dwyer. Often thought of as the founder of the modern-day environmental movement, scientist and author Rachel Carson raised issues of social significance and consequences of man’s rush to embrace technology. She wrote several books about marine ecology in the ‘50s, and her 1962 publication, “Silent Spring,” awakened the public to the hazards of pesticides. The concluding presentation will feature Thurgood Marshall portrayed by Lenneal Henderson. As a lawyer, Thurgood Marshall won Supreme Court victories breaking the color line in housing, transportation and voting. Marshall won the case of Brown v. Board of Education, overturning the separate-but-equal polices in public school. As the nation’s first African American Supreme Court Justice, he promoted affirmative action and created new protections for women, children, prisoners and the homeless. Admission to all events is free of charge. For further information, call the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities at 303-894-7951, or visit the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities website:, or the High Plains Chautauqua website:

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