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Historical Soceit, library sponsor Carson Valley Young Chautauquans

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The Carson Valley Historical Society, in conjunction with the Douglas County Library, is starting the Carson Valley Young Chautauquans.

“This is a wonderful new opportunity for students who love to read,” said organizer Cherry Jones.

The program is open to 4th through 12th grade students in Douglas County and Carson City.

The modern Chautauqua presentation is designed to educate and inform, as well as entertain. It consists of three parts: first, the presented portrays an historical character; second, the presenter answers questions in character; and third, the presenter comes out of character to answer questions from the audience.

The Carson Valley Young Chautauquans program will follow the model of the Great Basin Young Chautauquans. This program had almost 100 young people from the ages of 8 to 18 performing last summer in Reno under the big tent in Rancho San Rafael with the Great Basin Chautauqua.

The program is sponsored by the Nevada Humanities Committee, which believe that it is an extremely valuable approach for increasing young people’s understanding of history and engagement with the humanities.

An informational meeting for students and parents will be held at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville on Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. A short video will be shown, and several young people from the Great Basin Chautauqua group will demonstrate their portrayals of famous people.

For more information, contact Jones at 267-3410 or Grace Bowers at 265-6097.