Thursday, September 10 - Friday, September 11
Annual Chautauqua Tent Show

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment which granted women the right to vote, Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua tent shows—“Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change”—will be presented during two successive weeks in September 2020.

The first week’s activities will take place from Noon to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10 and 11, at the Zwaanendael Museum located at 102 Kings Highway, in Lewes, Del. The second week’s activities will take place from 1 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, on The Green located adjacent to the New Castle Court House Museum at 211 Delaware St. in New Castle, Del. NOTE: This is the first time in the 22-year history of the state’s Chautauqua that events will be held in both New Castle and Lewes.

According to the new format, the events will still take place on those dates but without a live audience. Instead, activities will be streamed live via Zoom. For additional information, call the Zwaanendael Museum at 302-645-1148 or the New Castle Court House Museum at 302-323-4453.

“Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change” will demonstrate the passionate efforts of suffragists striving toward one goal—earning the right for women to vote and participate equally in the nation’s political, social and economic life. Through theatrical enactments by both individuals and groups, lectures and musical performances, Chautauqua guests will be immersed in the women’s suffrage movement and experience the impact that it had on Delaware and its people. Activities will be capped on Sept. 10, 11 and 19 with evening performances by actor-historians from the American Historical Theatre portraying, respectively, the noted suffragists Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt. Sept. 20 events will be capped with an evening concert by the Women’s Orchestra Project.

Free admission for all activities and open to the public.