History is coming alive this weekend in Grand Junction with several personalities being portrayed at the Colorado West Chautauqua.

In case you are wondering what in the world chautauqua is, in this case, it's simply a fancy word for dramatic performance. Every year the Museums of Western Colorado host this event that brings the past alive.

This year's theme is "That's the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years.'

The weekend will feature several dramatic presentations by professional chautauquans portraying notable characters of the past including newsman Walter Cronkite, movie-maker Walt Disney, as well as, chef and television personality Julia Child.

The two-day event also features performances by the Grand Valley History Players and several local young chautauquans portraying the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Miles Davis, Corrie ten Boom, Bea Artur, and Minnie Pearl.

The History Alive weekend September 13 and 14 kicks off on Thursday night at The Amphitheater with a performance by Elvis  Presley via the George Gray and the Elvis Experience Band. Friday and Saturday's presentations are at the Avalon Theatre. Tickets are required for the evening performances, but the Saturday afternoon presentations have no admission charge.

If you enjoy theater and drama, you probably would enjoy the Colorado West Chautauqua.

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