As a border state, Maryland played a critical role in the Civil War, and beginning in 2011, the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), regional historic sites, museums and other cultural organizations throughout the state will be observing the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
Maryland was truly a state divided, with slaves and free blacks living in the same community, families split politically and emotionally between the North and South and political and military leaders in both camps. The Sesquicentennial gives us an opportunity to reflect on this pivotal period in our state and nation’s history and to consider what unites us and what divides us today.
Abraham Lincoln will be portrayed by Chautauqua veteran Jim Getty. Lincoln, our 16th president, led our country through its greatest internal crisis and is remembered as the savior of the American union and “The Great Emancipator.”
Harriet Tubman, brought to life by Chautauqua and Speakers Bureau presenter Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, was born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland. Known as “The Moses of Her People,” she led scores of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad and served as a union spy during the Civil War.
Jefferson Davis will be portrayed by another returning Chautauqua favorite, Doug Mishler. Davis was president of the Confederate States of America. A believer in the sanctity of the Constitution, when he felt it had been violated by “his treasonous majesty King Abraham,” he broke from the union.
Our 17th summer Chautauqua will take place July 5 through 13 in six regions throughout the state: Baltimore County, Cecil County, Charles County, Garrett County, Montgomery County and Talbot County.
Join us for these free events and engage in spirited conversation with celebrated figures from the past.
The 2011 Chautauqua Schedule:
July 5-7 Garrett College, McHenry
July 5-7 College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
July 6-8 Montgomery College-Germantown
July 8-10 Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville
July 8-10 Cecil County
July 11-13 Easton