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Kentucky Chautauqua

Episode #701 First Aired: November 16, 2015

In the Kentucky Muse episode “Kentucky Chautauqua,” you’ll learn how the Kentucky Humanities Council tells Kentucky’s story and makes history come alive in its Kentucky Chautauqua® program and follow actors as they go through the audition and extensive preparation project to join the program. For the KET documentary, six of the performers on the council’s Chautauqua roster created and performed special, shortened versions of their performances. You can watch those complete special performances here. To find out more about Kentucky Chautauqua® performers, visit the Kentucky Humanities Council website.

Watch Actor Segment Highlights on YouTube:

Harland “Colonel” Sanders is played by L. Henry Dowell.
Pvt. William Greathouse, who fought against the British in 1813, is played by Harry Smith.
Lucy Bakewell Audubon, wife of the famous ornithologist John James Audubon, is presented by Kelly O’Connell Brengelman.
Frontiersman Simon Kenton played by Mel Hankla .
Mary Settles, the last Shaker to live at Kentucky’s Pleasant Hill community portrayed by Janet Scott.
Rev. Newton Bush, who served in Company “E” 5th United States Colored Cavalry during the Civil War portrayed by Robert Bell.

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