Prairieland Chautauqua

September 1 – 2, 2023

On August 21, 1912, the first Chautauqua took place at Nichols Park. The big tent went up, music played, speeches and lectures tool place on a wooden stage. For a whole week, hundreds of people came to see and experience the show while camping on the grounds. On September 1 & 2 2023 the big event returns to Nichols Park Pavilion. “Spirit of Morgan County 1823-2023” is the theme.

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