Capital University, Community Partners Bring 2013 Ohio Chautauqua to Bexley July 16-20

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Monday, May 13, 2013

News-Chautauqua-252Bexley community partners are pleased to announce the Ohio Humanities Council has chosen Bexley as one of five communities to host Ohio Chautauqua 2013: When Ohio Was the Western Frontier. Capital University will host the signature red-and-white tent on the Capital Green, located on Main Street just west of Memorial Gateway on the Bexley campus.

Setup will begin Monday, July 15, and the parking lot at Renner Hall will be closed for the week with the exception of parking for people with disabilities. 

Take a step back in time and come face to face with history when Johnny Appleseed and other important figures from Ohio’s early history descend on Bexley July 16-20. The five-day event offers an exciting mix of education and entertainment, including daily interactive workshops for children and adults at different venues throughout Bexley, and musical performances and living history presentations each evening under the tent. All events are free and open to the public.

“It’s been 34 years since Bexley first hosted a Chautauqua, and we’re excited to be bringing this event back to Main Street in 2013. Bexley has a deep and meaningful sense of history, and the community is excited to celebrate our heritage and of course we would never miss an opportunity to enjoy good food and good company on Bexley’s front lawn,” said Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler.

“In addition to showcasing our city and strengthening relationships among community partners, events like Ohio Chautauqua broaden understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shape our world,” Capital President Denvy A. Bowman said. “That’s an important part of preparing informed and engaged citizens, and we’re proud to lend our support as a hosting partner.”

The community partners planning the event include: 


The event is sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council and funded locally by a $20,000 grant from the Bexley Community Foundation and sponsorship dollars.

“This community partnership illustrates our grants mission,” Susan Quintenz, Bexley Community Foundation Board president, said. “We encourage our grantees to form community collaborations that will enhance the work of all of our organizations. It’s wonderful to see this many local groups join together to bring a community-building event to our city.”

Thousands of people from throughout Central Ohio region to the Bexley area are expected to attend the event. The scholars for Ohio Chautauqua 2013: When Ohio Was the Western Frontier will depict the frontier from five vastly different perspectives:

  • naturalist and folk hero Johnny Appleseed, 
  • frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett, 
  • Iroquois leader Chief John Logan, 
  • Lewis & Clark expedition member York, and  
  • Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the Battle of Lake Erie.  

Scholars will host special, interactive workshops twice daily — one for children and one for adults — to help bring history to life. Bexley’s event schedule is available online at

In addition to its visit to Bexley, Ohio Chautauqua will travel to four other communities across the state this summer, including Lakewood, Madison, Rossford and Coshocton.

For more information on the OHIO CHAUTAUQUA in Bexley visit, or send an e-mail to For more information about the entire Ohio Chautauqua program visit the Ohio Humanities Council online at or Chautauqua. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in other ways, please contact Pat Cramer at Capital University at 614-236-6714 or   


Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.   



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