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Prairieland Chautauqua: Celebrating our Chautauqua

On August 21, 1912, the first Chautauqua took place at Nichols Park. The big tent went up, music played, speeches and lectures tool place on a wooden stage. For a whole week, hundreds of people came to see and experience the show while camping on the grounds. We are bringing back tradition. On September 2 & 3 2022 the big event returns to Nichols Park Pavilion. “Celebrating Our Chautauqua, 1912 – 1930” is the theme.

This is a free event that is open to everyone, with family-oriented entertainment for all ages. This year we are expanding the event to included story/poetry tellers, science lectures, music, history, and a children’s show. Fun for the whole family will be provided. As we take a glimpse into the history of the Jacksonville Chautauqua and our host, Nichols Park.

September 2, 2022 5:00 PM – September 3, 2022
Nichols Park
Jacksonville Nichols Park
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Admission is free

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