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Big Top Chautauqua memories spark oral history project

August 30, 2010

In the nearly quarter-century since its founding, Big Top Chautauqua has done far more than simply bring a host of acts to its blue-and-white-striped tent at the foot of Mount Ashwabay, south of Bayfield.  It is 21/2 decades of Chequamegon Bay regional history — memories of triumphs and disasters, both large and small. Memorable performances and the unseen day-to-day work that makes the magic possible. Memories that won’t be lost to posterity, thanks to a  Wisconsin Historical Society project to record and archive the oral history of Big Top Chautauqua.

“It’s the most exciting oral history project I have ever worked on, and I have worked on quite a few,” said Mary Rehwald of Ashland, who is serving as lead oral historian for the project. More…

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