Famous Historical Figures Go “Beyond Boundaries” at Montgomery College Chautauqua, July 7–9 Three-Night Event at MC-Germantown Features Actors/Scholars Portraying Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., Sacagawea
Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and Sacagawea—all famous reformers and champions of human rights—will come alive this summer at Montgomery College’s 12th annual Chautauqua celebration at the College’s Germantown Campus from July 7–9. Actors/scholars will portray the historical figures, bringing to life this year’s theme of “Beyond Boundaries,” at the three-night, family-friendly event. The performances are sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council.
Each night will begin each evening at 7 p.m., underneath a tent at the Germantown Campus, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. In case of rain, the performance will be held inside Globe Hall, located within the campus’s High Technology and Science Center. All performances are free and open to the public.
Each Chautauqua program will begin with a short performance by a local musician. Next, an actor/scholar will take the stage to portray a historical figure. The actors/scholars modify their clothing, hair, and speech to give audiences the illusion that they are listening to the actual historical figure during their time.
The 2010 program schedule with biographies on the historical figures, is as follows:
Wednesday, July 7 7 p.m. – Opening musical performance by Paula Monks An Evening with Thurgood Marshall, performed by Lenneal J. Henderson
Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993) worked throughout his life to challenge racial barriers in education, housing, transportation, electoral politics and criminal justice. He won the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 and later became the first African American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Born in Baltimore, Marshall graduated from Howard University Law School and established a law practice in Baltimore. In 1935 in the case of Murray v. Pearson, Marshall gained admission for Donald Murray to the University of Maryland School of Law, where several years before Marshall had not been allowed to apply. Later, as chief counsel for the NAACP, he successfully argued many cases before the Supreme Court.
Thursday, July 8 7 p.m. – Opening musical performance by Andrew McKnight An Evening with Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., performed by Gerry Wright
Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. (1822–1903) is known for creating diverse landscapes, from New York’s Central Park and to the Capitol Grounds in Washington to the Chicago World’s Fair, but his values and vision extended into many endeavors. Olmsted owned and managed farms in Connecticut and on Staten Island. As a journalist he wrote three books on economic and social conditions in the South, with important observations on slavery. During the Civil War he served as executive secretary of the Sanitary Commission with a mandate for providing health services. When he was manager of the large Mariposa Gold Mine in California he became an advocate for making Yosemite a national park. The majority of the 130 Olmsted projects in Maryland–including work in Baltimore City and Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, and Montgomery Counties–were undertaken in first half of the 20th century by Frederick Law Olmsted’s sons, whose firm carried out the legacy of their father.
Friday, July 9 7 p.m. – Opening musical performance by Ellen Cherry An Evening with Sacagawea, performed by Selene Phillips
Sacagawea (c.1788–1812) was the only woman in the famous expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1804–1806. Daughter of a Shoshone chief, she was captured around the age of 12 by the Hidatsa and later was obtained by French-Canadian trapper Toussaint Charbonneau. When Lewis and Clark arrived in the area with their expedition, they hired Charbonneau and Sacagawea to accompany them. Carrying her infant son, Sacagawea traveled thousands of miles from the Mandan/Hidatsa village in what is now North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean and back. Her primary function was to serve as a translator for the expedition. For more information on the Montgomery College Chautauqua, call 240-567-7746 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/chautauqua.