Great Basin Young Chautauqua

Founded by Nevada Humanities in 1993, Great Basin Young Chautauqua (GBYC) is a nationally recognized and award-winning youth program in which young scholars research and portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars – in and out of character – engage their audience in lively discussions and provide insight into historical study. The GBYC program is a valuable way to increase a young person's understanding of, and engagement with, the humanities. In 2002, Nevada Humanities received a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities for inventing and developing Young Chautauqua. Nevada Humanities celebrated the 20th anniversary of the GBYC program in 2012.

This award-winning youth program boasts more than a hundred inspired satellite programs throughout Nevada and around the nation—Young Chautauqua has become a rite of passage for young people, ages 8-18, who share a love of history and exploring characters from the past. The program continues to inspire and educate children in Nevada and beyond.



Underwriting for the program is provided by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, individual donors, parent and community volunteers, and many other community partners. To contribute to the perpetual health and vitality of this program consider making a gift to Nevada Humanities by visiting our donor page. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


2019 Great Basin Young Chautauqua Performances

2019 Schedule

Tuesday, April 30, 4-5 pm
Nevada Historical Society
1650 N Virginia St, Reno

Friday, May 3, 6-7 pm
Swill Coffee & Wine
3366 Lakeside Ct, Reno

Sunday, May 5, 1-3 pm
Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave, Reno

Friday, May 10, 6-7 pm
Swill Coffee & Wine
3366 Lakeside Ct, Reno

Saturday, May 11, 2-4 pm
Nevada Historical Society
1650 N Virginia St, Reno

Sunday, May 12, 1-3 pm
Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave, Reno

Friday, May 17, 6-7 pm
Swill Coffee & Wine
3366 Lakeside Ct, Reno

Sunday, May 19, 1-3 pm
Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave, Reno

Tuesday, May 21, 3:30-5:30 pm
Sparks Library
1125 12th St, Sparks

Thursday, May 23, 3:30-5:30 pm
Sierra View Library
4001 S Virginia St, Reno

Friday, May 31, 6-9 pm
Restless Artists’ Theatre
295 20th St, Sparks

Saturday, June 1, 6-9 pm 
Restless Artists’ Theatre
295 20th St, Sparks

Wednesday, July 3, 9:30-10:30 am
McKinley Arts & Culture Center
925 Riverside Dr, Reno 

Saturday, July 13, 11 am–12 pm
Sparks Heritage Museum
814 Victorian Ave, Sparks

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2019 Scholars


Great Basin Young Chautauqua Archive

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Image Credits: All Young Chautauqua Images - Nevada Humanities/Jessie LeMay