Dr. Sara B. Crook, chair of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission and faculty member at Peru State College presented a certificate of recognition to Doug and Pat Friedli of the Nebraska City Chautauqua committee at the WWI Memorial in Nebraska City on Dec. 5.  
The certificate acknowledged the role of the Nebraska City Chautauqua as an “official event” of the upcoming Nebraska 150 statehood celebration in 2017.  
Nebraska became the 37th state of the United States on March 1, 1867, and the Chautauqua is one of many events planned for 2017 to celebrate the State’s 150th anniversary.
The Friedlis, Chautauqua Co-Directors, submitted an application to Humanities Nebraska for Nebraska City to be considered as a host site for the Chautauqua, and Peru State College (PSC), Nebraska’s first college, approached Nebraska City leaders to ask to collaborate and hold the event in conjunction with PSC’s Charter Day event.  
The Chautauqua will be in Nebraska City from June 21-24, 2017, with a prelude event, “Meet the Chautauquans,” to be held at PSC the day before-June 20th, during their Charter Day event. The theme of the Chautauqua will be “World War I:  Legacies of a Forgotten War.”  2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I.  
The events will be presented by Humanities Nebraska, and will include five scholars who will appear as key WWI historic figures. They will discuss how the “Great War” led to changes in America’s role in international relations, its impact on race, gender and class issues, and how new technology shaped the War.  The scholars will portray first-person impressions of President Woodrow Wilson, Nebraska politician William Jennings Bryan, humanitarian Jane Addams, author Edith Wharton, and sociologist/activist W.E.B. DuBois.
The Chautauqua Steering Committee, sponsored by Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, will be organizing sub-committees who will oversee the four-day event including historical presentations, entertainment, exhibits, adult workshops, an educational youth camp and more.
The Chautauqua is expected to attract attendees from throughout the Southeast Nebraska region, including Lincoln and Omaha.   Funding for the event is made possible by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and many generous donors, state and local sponsors, and volunteers.   The Chautauqua events will be open and free to the public.