Marietta was the first settlement in the Northwest Territory when it was established in 1788 along the shores of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. It has had its fair share of notable visitors including Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and even George Washington, as well as the famous explorers Louis and Clark.
For this reason it’s no surprise the Ohio Chautauqua will be visiting Marietta from June 19-25 on the DU Field at the corner of Fourth and Putnam streets. The timing also coincides with the city of Marietta celebrating its 225th birthday in 2012.
The 2012 Chautauqua will be bringing a mixture of education and entertainment, like Chautauqua’s of the past. What’s different about this year is their theme, When Ohio Was the Western Frontier.
In these programs, there is an opportunity to explore the lives and legacies of those who encountered Ohio in its infancy and helped shape the state into what it is today. Characters for Ohio Chautauqua 2012 are naturalist and folk hero Johnny Appleseed, frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett, Iroquois leader Chief John Logan, Lewis & Clark expedition member York, and hero of the Battle of Lake Erie Oliver Hazard Perry.
Marietta College and the Legacy Library are also getting into the spirit of the event and will be offering up some items from Special Collections about the founding of the area.
Several documents related to the 1787 Northwest Ordinance will be on display, including an original printing of the Northwest Ordinance itself. Several documents that include the signatures of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson will also be on exhibit.
For those interested in historical art, the Legacy Library will be displaying some paintings from Sala Bosworth, one of the area’s most prolific and earliest artists.
The exhibits will take place inside the Legacy Library from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information: http://www.marietta.edu/~webadmin/meetings/chautauqua/.