Feb 11, 2012 6:51 PM by Andy Koen

Chautauquans bring American history to life

After months of research and study, dozens of local students got to share their wealth of knowledge this weekend about historical figures from our nation's past.

As part of the 2012 Young Chautauqua Experience, around 85 students from schools across the Pikes Peak Region studied a figure from history and then re-enact them for audiences at the Colorado Springs Pioneer's Museum.

The Chautauquans each prepared a five minute monologue and then answered questions while in character.

The Young Chautauqua Experience is an extra-curricular activity created in partnership with the schools, the museum, the library and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Madeline Mellini of the Conservatory says she is impressed with the dedication the students have shown to the project.

"These students have devoted this much time in light of their academic requirements and a lot of them are involved in extra curricular activity, but it's a great way to learn and its something you carry with you all your life," she said.

This year the students were asked to re-enact historical figures from the second century of American history stretching from the end of Civil War through the mid 1970's. To participate, contact the Conservatory at 719-577-4556 or visit them online.


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