Final in-school Greensburg High Chautauqua set for Thursday

A previous in-school Chautauqua at Greensburg High School. (Photo: John Pratt)

(Greensburg, IN) – Thursday marks the end of an era at Greensburg High School, when history teacher John Pratt conducts his 31st and final in-school Chautauqua.

Pratt says the three sessions will be conducted by Zoom, and will feature Paul Stookey from the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary; 2023 US Poet Laureate Ada Limon; and Bryson Bruce, who was in the first national touring company of the Broadway Musical Hamilton, will sing “What Did I Miss?” and participate in a Q and A session.

Thursday’s schedule of guests is:

  • 9:35 a.m. – Bryson Bruce.
  • 10 a.m. – Paul Stookey.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Ada Limon.

“I’ve always believed in the value of diversity and diversity comes in many forms,” Pratt said. “That’s why you can see that from the guests that we’ve had over the many, many years.”

He established the program 17 years ago while teaching at North Decatur Jr./Sr. High School and brought with him to Greensburg.

Pratt adds he’s says he’s not hanging it up as a teacher but is retiring Chautauqua from the school setting.

The 32nd and final public Chautauqua that Pratt will shepherd will be on March 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Greensburg/Decatur County Library when the guest will be Laura Numeroff, the author of the classic children’s book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.

For the Zoom link or more information on Thursday’s event, contact Pratt at the school by email ([email protected]) or on his Facebook page.