Special Events

Our programs are sponsored by Chautauqua Historical Society in collaboration with the New Piasa Chautauqua Program Committee.

All dates, times and locations are subject to change.  Check the weekly Channels for updates.

Events for Our 2022 Season

June 26 – Eighteenth Annual Platform Lecture

Stephen L. Kling, Jr.: The American Revolutionary War in St. Louis

7:00 PM, Auditorium

Stephen L. Kling, Jr., local attorney, author of several books on the American Revolutionary War in the West and co-curator of the recently opened American Revolutionary War in the West museum exhibit, will speak about Revolutionary War battles that took place in St. Louis and the surrounding area.

His 2017 book, The Battle of St. Louis was made into a historical documentary released late last year and won the St. Louis Filmmaker’s award and a Mid-America Emmy.

As a direct descendant of Joseph Robidoux, a member of the local St. Louis militia at the time of the St. Louis attack who later became a prominent fur trader and merchant, Kling speaks with both academic and personal interest in the history of the region.

The presentation will include some short videos on the museum exhibit and the documentary, and will cover some topics of local interest during the war.

His books and DVDs of the documentary will be available for purchase.

Museum Exhibit

July 10 – Ailleen Betzenhauser, PhD: Archaeological Discoveries in the Region

7:00 PM, Auditorium

Alleen Betzenhauser, PhD who is an archaeologist with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey focusing on Late Woodland and Mississippian period sites in the region will speak about regional archaeological discoveries.

For more information about Dr. Betzenhauser, please see her bio here.

Alleen Betzenhauser

August 7 – Tim Tomlinson: “The West Point of the Air”: The Story of the US Air Force Academy and Its Connection to New Piasa Chautauqua

7:00 PM, Chautauqua Town Hall or Auditorium

Tim Tomlinson, long-time CHS president, will share the fascinating story of the US Air Force’s search for a location for their academy and the role that Chautauqua and Principia played in that search.

Events from Earlier this Season

June 12 – The 15th Annual Young Musicians Series

7:00 PM, Historic Kupferle Chapel

The 15th Annual Young Musicians Series will feature the Peccate Quartet.

The Peccate Quartet is a competition group of the Preparatory Program of the Community Music School of Webster University. Jointly sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis (CMSSL), the Peccate Quartet is comprised of:

  • Micaela Chyu, violin
  • Nathan Bronstein, violin
  • Delia Zacks, viola
  • Natalie Van Winkle, cello

All members are also seasoned participants in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The Peccate Quartet participated in the Midwest Young Artists National Chamber Music Competition earlier this year, and appeared in pre-concert Preludes for CMSSL, and a special concert series of their own. The individual members are excellent soloists as well, and winners of numerous St. Louis regional concerto competitions.

For their June 12th Chautauqua debut, the Peccate Quartet will perform great works of the string quartet repertoire, some duos and solos, and end with a big band medley under the stars. Featured works will be the effervescent “Sunrise” Quartet of Haydn, Schubert’s Quartetsatz, Shostakovich’s mesmerizing 8th quartet, and the energetic Dvorak “American” Allegro.

The Peccate Quartet will be assisted by Vera Parkin, Community School of Music.

Peccate Quartet