When history becomes alive. it makes a bigger impact than just words on a page. That's what a chautauqua (shu-TAU-qua) is meant to do, and merging history and performance makes Enid's Winter Chautauqua a great use of a weekend.
Laureal Provine, project director for the Chautauqua Council of Enid, said a typical chautauqua features a 45-minute monologue that has been extensively researched by a scholar.
"It's a blend between a scholarly work and performance; it's a living history," she said. "A winter chautauqua is unique to Enid because most are hosted in the summer."
Two workshops and the main performance by Hank Fincken as Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador, will be Saturday at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid campus, 2929 E Randolph. All events are free and open to all.
"The focus of Pizarro is what kind of effect does the conquer have on the conquered, and vice versa?," Provine said.
Fincken, who said he is a "national theater of one" has been performing for more than 20 years.
"I got interested in him (Pizarro) when I lived in South America," he said. "I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the '70s; I didn't have the time to study this when I was there. I had a hard enough time learning Spanish and doing my job."
The first workshop at 10:30 a.m. is "If I Had Been Born an Inca" and will discus the culture of those ancient peoples.
For the noon workshop, people are invited to take a lunch for "Peru Today," at which Fincken will be speaking of his recent trip to Peru.