Rossford is hosting the Ohio Chautauqua this Summer 2016 !!

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An Unforgettable Experience – And It’s FREE!!


If history was your favorite subject in school, or even if it wasn’t, you will be amazed and delighted when history comes to life before your very eyes in Rossford, Ohio June 28th through July 2nd.  We are very fortunate in Wood County to have Ohio Humanities in Columbus, Ohio select Rossford as one of its four cities for the Ohio Chautauqua 2016 tour.  The theme for 2016 is “The Natural World” featuring chemist Marie Curie, Iroquois leader Cornstalk, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, President Theodore Roosevelt, and zoologist Dian Fossey.


Building on the 19th-century tradition established on the shores of New York’s Chautauqua Lake, Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event the entire community will enjoy.


Daytime activities feature stimulating adult programs and hands-on workshops for youth hosted at the Rossford Library, 720 Dixie Highway.  Each evening, family, friends and visitors gather as live music fills the air in Veterans Park at the Marina, 300 Hannum Avenue with convenient parking and buses from Rossford High School. Then, a talented performer appears on stage, bringing a historic figure to life through personal stories and historic detail. This enriching and delightfully entertaining experience is perfect for every generation.  With its warm, nostalgic vibe, this truly unique experience is sure to open minds and start conversations.


Daytime Programs


Rossford Public Library

720 Dixie Hwy
Rossford, Ohio 43460


Programs for youth begin at 10:00 a.m.


Tuesday, June 28: Dan Cutler: Prehistoric People—How Primitive Were They?

Wednesday, June 29: Susan Marie Frontczak: Once Upon a Time—Frankenstein

Thursday, June 30: Dianne Moran: Animal Researchers

Friday, July 1: Chuck Chalberg: Roosevelt as a Hunter & Explorer

Saturday, July 2: Susan Marie Frontczak: Storytelling: Science and Engineering through Stories


Programs for adults begin at 2:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 28: Dan Cutler: How the “Skin Trade” Changed Traditional Native Values

Wednesday, June 29: Susan Marie Frontczak: Does a Clone Have a Soul – or – Grappling with the Monster

Thursday, June 30: Dianne Moran: Dian Fossey, Passionate Mountain Gorilla Researcher and Defender

Friday, July 1: Chuck Chalberg: Roosevelt’s Character and Roosevelt as an American Character

Saturday, July 2: Susan Marie Frontczak: Marie Curie—What Almost Stopped Her

Evening Performances


Rossford Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina

300 Hannum Avenue
Rossford, Ohio 43460


Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 28: Susan Marie Frontczak as Marie Curie

Wednesday, June 29: Dan Cutler as Chief Cornstalk

Thursday, June 30: Susan Marie Frontczak as Mary Shelley

Friday, July 1: Dianne Moran as Dian Fossey

Saturday, July 2: Chuck Chalberg as Theodore Roosevelt


Live local music at 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 28 – Acoustic Penguin – Old time fiddle tunes along with some jazz and swing tunes.

Wednesday, June 29 – The Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp –  A vocal/ukulele quartet that plays all kinds of music – from Bertolt Brecht to Harry Belafonte to James Brown to the Beatles and beyond.

Thursday, June 30 – The Root Cellar String Band – Old time music of pre-1940’s rural America and the southern Appalachian mountains.
Friday, July 1 – Tim Tegge – A lyrical journey with original songs that are funny, sad, poignant, and thought-provoking.

Saturday, July 2 – Kerry Clark – A musical Norman Rockwell.