The Kentucky Humanities Council began Kentucky Chautauqua in 1992 to celebrate the Bicentennial of Kentucky’s statehood. Since then, over 430,000 Kentuckians in all 120 counties have enjoyed and learned from these popular programs.

Kentucky Chautauqua celebrates the life and times of Abraham Lincoln with new programs to help us experience history in first person.

Kentucky Chautauquans represent people who contributed to Kentucky’s history and heritage. Some are very famous – for example Henry Clay and Abraham Lincoln. Others are not famous but might have been, like Mary Todd Lincoln’s sister, Emilie Todd Helm, who was accused of being a Confederate spy in the White House, or Mary Owens from Kentucky who, without regret, declined Lincoln’s proposal of marriage.

These dramas are just some of twenty Kentucky Chautauqua presentations touring Kentucky. For more information, visit

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