Young Chautauqua program to meet |

Young Chautauqua program to meet

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The Carson Valley Historical Society’s Young Chautauqua program is meeting Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Meetings are held every other Tuesday, at which time volunteer leaders are available to help each student individually, according to Iris Blaisdell.

Chautauqua — where imagination and history come together — is a form of storytelling designed to engage, educate and entertain audiences.

Students ranging from third to eighth grade who are interested in history, drama or speech are encouraged to consider. Homeschooled students are encouraged to participate.

The program is now in its 13th season, which culminates in June when a presentation to the public will be given at Heritage Park in Gardnerville and Mormon Station State Park in Genoa. Participants will also have opportunities to perform at venues of their own choosing.

Young Chautauquans travel back in time by selecting a character — either famous or infamous — then researching the person and writing the script in the character’s voice for portrayal before an audience.

Students qualify to perform under the tent in June by performing on three occasions. The program is sponsored by the Douglas County Historical Society.

Call Blaisdell at 775-392-1772 for information.