Prairieland Chautauqua

September 6-7, 2024

On August 21, 1912, the first Chautauqua took place at Nichols Park. The big tent went up, music played, speeches and lectures took place on a wooden stage. For a whole week, hundreds of people came to see and experience the show while camping on the grounds. We are bringing back tradition. On September 6 & 7 2024 the big event returns to Nichols Park Pavilion. The theme this year is “Community…. A Look at Ourselves.”

This is a free event that is open to everyone, with family-oriented entertainment for all ages. Fun for the whole family will be provided. As we take a glimpse into the history of the Jacksonville Chautauqua and our host, Nichols Park.

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Jacksonville, IL 62650



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