Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
507 S. 4th Street
Enid, OK 73701
Audiences will gather together for a variety of historical enactments, workshops, and informal discussions at the 2015 Enid Chautauqua in the Park.
This year's event will feature a Dust Bowl theme to recognize "Black Sunday," April 14, 1935, when a huge dust storm caused immense economic and agricultural damage in Oklahoma. Evening performances at 7:30 pm will include first person presentations and audience questions to a historical figure in character and to a scholar portraying the character. Two local figures (Lena Sawner, an African-American educator, and Hazel Lucas, an Oklahoma mother) and three national figures (Woody Guthrie, Ernie Pyle, and John Steinbeck) will provide a close-up view of the Dust Bowl and a broader, national perspective. Daytime workshops at 10:30 am and noon will explore the cultural and political nuances of the era.
Enid Chautauqua programs are free and open to the public.