General John J Pershing rose from West Point Cadet to Commander of American Forces on the Western Front in World War I. Under his command, American forces fought under their own command structure and black units were integrated with the French forces
Dr. Doug Mishler has presented 18 historical figures at Chautauquas, including Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Ford, Thomas Hart Benton, and most recently Nikita Khruschev.
Dr. Mishler holds a PhD in U.S. Cultural History and is currently an adjunct professor of history and humanities at the University of Nevada. He holds a PhD in History earned at the University of Nevada.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney may have been born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family, but she distinguished herself in the 20th century American art world as a talented scuptor, art patron, collector, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art
Debra Conner gave her first Chautauqua performance in 1997 as Poet Emily Dickinson and has since portrayed Titanic survivor Edith Russell, Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, and Civil War surgeon Dr. Mary Walker.
Ms. Conner currently lives near Charleston, SC, where she serves as a guide at the Middleton Place Plantation. She devotes the rest of her time volunteering at the local animal shelter.
Acee Blue Eagle was a college educated Native American artist, educator, dancer and Native flute player, born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He is best known for his large-scale interior murals, commissioned under depression-era Federal art projects
Dr. Michael Hughes has 16 years of chautauqua experience, representing such characters as Alexander Graham Bell, Orson Welles, Bob Wills and Michelangelo.
Dr. Hughes is a retired Professor of History at East Central U of Okla. and currently an independent author, editor and lecturer. He holds a PhD in history from U of Arkansas.
Josephine Baker was an American-born French entertainer, activist and French Resistance agent. She became the first person of color to be recognized as a world-wide entertainer and major movie star, refusing to perform for segregated U.S. audiences
Mrs. Vanessa Adams-Harris has demonstrated how commitment, dedication and talent are just as valid as college degrees when it comes to preparing and performing in a Chautauqua role. Her first portrayal was of Lena Lowery Sawner in 2015.
Mrs. Adams-Harris is an actress, producer, director, documentary filmmaker, playwright, workshop facilitator and human rights activist.
Ernest Hemingway distinguished himself as a celebrated prize-winning novelist, short story writer and journalist. Two wars, four marriages, two plane crashes and a rough and tumble lifestyle provided enough real adventure from which to craft his literary work.
John D. Anderson has appeared as Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, and Lynn Riggs in Okla. Chautauquas and has portrayed Robert Frost and Louis Bromfield at other Chautauquas.
Mr. Anderson is a performance studies scholar and Professor of Communication Studies at Emerson College. A native of Waco, Texas, he now lives on Cape Cod.