The Complete Chautauquan

The Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly

By Jeffrey Scott Maxwell

"The Best Program in the West"

The Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly programs from 1905 to 1908 were advertised as "The best program in the west."  It was a catch phrase used liberally to advertise any of the dozen or so assemblies on Fred W. Bartell's Associated Chautauquas circuit.  When he first brought chautauqua to the oil town of Tulsa, Indian Territory, in 1905, it was not a gusher, but there was enough potential that Bartell was willing to try it again.  In 1906 and '07, it appears that Bartell made money with the Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly.  However, he announced that the chautauqua would not return to Tulsa, Oklahoma, after claiming to have lost $650 on the 1908 chautauqua.  Although a couple of local business men thought they had secured Tulsa's Place on the chatuaqua circuit for one more year by guaranteeing the sale of 750 season tickets, it appears that Bartell did not return to Tulsa.

Sam Jones Skips 1906 Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly

Known as a former dunkard and lawyer, "The One and Only" Sam P. Jones was a Methodist evangelist who stood the south on its ear with his "hellfire-and-damnation" preaching. He drew large crowds with his sermons, and kept them interested by telling it like he saw it, even if it made a few people more than a little uncomfortable. Jones left quite an impression on Tulsa with his 1905 visit to the Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly. He made his scheduled afternoon appearance on July 14, 1905, and, as The Tulsa Daily Democrat reported, Jones also made another appearance that evening, although he was not scheduled to stay that long.

Thousands of people gathered again the next year in the Chautauqua pavilion tent to hear Jones on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 19, 1906.  Over one thousand people from out of town attended the chautauqua. People from all over the area were there to see Sam Jones, including over 75 people who had travelled from Broken Arrow for the day just to see his only appearance in the Tulsa area that year. But Jones didn't show up. The management of the Chautauqua blamed it on the railroad schedule, and manager of the Associated Chautauquas Fred. W. Bartell later admitted that the chautauqua held at the same time in Muskogee, Indian Territory, had been given preferential treatment over Tulsa whenever decisions had to be made regarding appearances of talent.

The Democrat announced the day after the Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly closed that the Rev. Sam Jones would appear sometime in the Fall or Winter under the auspices of the chautauqua, and season ticket holders for the 1906 Tulsa Chautauqua would be admitted free of charge. Jones never returned to Tulsa because he died later that year. In 1907, the management of the Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly announced that any holder of a season ticket from the 1906 chautauqua would be admitted for free to any single event at the 1907 chautauqua due to the fact that Sam Jones did not make his appearance in 1906 or a make-up appearnace the following winter.

In 1907, Fred W. Bartell went all out for Tulsa. The program was the best that Tulsa had ever seen. It turned out that although Bartell had given preferential treatment to other towns on the circuit for the evening speakers and talent in 1906, Tulsa was one of the circuit's best income producers that year. So, in 1907, Tulsa got better treatment. The Democrat reported at the end of the 1906 chautauqua, "Mr. Bartell, manager of the associated chautauquas says Tulsa will have her program arranged next year to have the best speakers and entertainers here at the most convenient time for the city and the adjoining towns to attend."

Bryan is a Success in Tulsa

Probably one of the most successful years was when William Jennings Bryan was on the program in 1907.  Bryan was expected to run for president of the United States in the following years, and rumors that he might announce his candidacy at the Tulsa Chautauqua were printed in the newspaper.  Perhaps wishful thinking on the part of The Tulsa Daily Democrat, perhaps a skillful tactic of promoter Bartell, but whatever the reason, the prospect that Bryan would make history in Tulsa seemed to be an effective way to get the people to the tent on Thursday night.

Chautauqua in Oklahoma

For more information on the Chautauqua activities in Indian and Oklahoma Territories and the State of Oklahoma, visit Chautauqua in Oklahoma - The Complete Chautauquan.

The Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly
1905 to 1908

  • June 16, 1905
    First article about the first Chautauqua appears in The Tulsa Daily Democrat, Tulsa, Indian Territory.

The Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly 1905:
Friday, July 14, through Friday, July 21, 1905
Season Tickets $2, Children $1.
Tent erected at Fourth and Cincinnati.
Rev. C. F. Lucas, platform manager.

  • Friday, July 14, 1905
    10:00 a.m.  Musical Prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    10:20 a.m.  Address of Welcome.
    10:30 a.m.  Captain Jack Crawford, "The Famous Poet Scout, One of God's Rough Riders." (Admission 25c and 15c.)
    2:00 p.m.  Musical Prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    2:30 p.m.  The One and Only Sam P. Jones, "Shams and the Genuine" (Admission 35c and 20c).
    7:00 p.m.  Musical Prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    8:00 p.m.  Captain Jack Crawford. (Admission 25c and 15c.)

    The Tulsa Daily Democrat Reports that Sam P. Jones also spoke on "Character" that evening, but it does not appear in any program schedules.
    See The Complete Chautauquan article about Sam Jones.
  • Saturday, July 15, 1905
    10:00 a.m.  Musical prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    10:30 a.m.  Ministerial Conference, "Prohibition in the New State."
    1:45 p.m.  Capt. Richmond Pearson Hobson, "The Great Hero and Eloquent Orator." (Admission 35c amd 20c.)
    7:00 p.m.  Musical Prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    8:00 p.m.  "The Safe Side of Life" by Colonel George W. Bain, "The Silver-Tongued Kentuckian, Known all over America and loved everywhere he is Known." (Admission 25c and 15c.)
  • Sunday, July 16, 1905
    "Intense hot weather" was reported.
    9:45 a.m.  Sunday School, all churches.
    11:00 a.m.  Chautauqua Sermon, Dr. Eugene May, of Washinton. (Free Session.)
    2:00 p.m.  Chautauqua Chorus.
    3:30 p.m.  Lecture Entertainment, Ellsworth Plumstead "in his pathetic and inspiring Entertainment."
    5:00 p.m.  Lecture, "With Knapsack Through Switzerland and up the Matterhorn," Dr. Eugene May, of Washington.
    7:30 p.m.  Chautauqua Chorus.
    8:00 p.m.  "The Wandering Raggedy Man," and other pathetic and delightful character sketches, by Ellsworth Plumstead, of Michigan.
  • Monday, July 17, 1905
    10:00 a.m.  Musical Prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    10:30 a.m.  Hon. Frank S. Regan, Cartoonist and Lecturer, "The Saloon in Politics."
    2:00 p.m.  Musical Prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    2:30 p.m.  Lecture, "Tolerably Good People," Booth Lowery, of Mississippi.
    7:30 p.m.  Musical prelude by Mrs. Will Short.
    8:00 p.m.  Cartoon sketches, "The American Small Boy," Frank S. Regan.
    8:30 p.m.  Lecture "Simon Says Wig Wag," Booth Lowery.
  • Tuesday, July 18, 1905
    "Japanese Day"
    9:00 a.m.  Ministerial Conference, "The Young Peoples' Societies."
    10:00 a.m.  Mrs. Martha S. Gielow, "Celebrated interpreter of plantation lore."
    10:30 a.m.  Lecture, "The Wonders of Athens, Pelee and Pompeii," by Geo. E. Gowdy, Lebanon, O.
    1:30 p.m.  Mrs. Martha S. Gielow.
    2:00 p.m. sharp  Lecture, "The Russo-Japanese War and After," Toyokichi Iyenaga, of Japan. (Admission 25c and 15c.)
    7:00 p.m.  Mrs. Martha S. Gielow.
    8:00 p.m.  "Marvelous Moving Picture Exhibition of the Latest Russo-Japanese War Scenes by the American Vitagraph Co., of New York, the finest exhibition of beautiful, instructive and interesting pictures in the world." (Admission 25c and 15c.)
  • Wednesday, July 19, 1905
    9:00 a.m.  Ministerial Conference, "Evangelism."
    10:30 a.m.  Lecture, "Five Hundred Miles on Horseback Through Palestine," Dr. Geo. E. Gowdy, Lebanon, O.
    2:00 p.m.  Concert, Lyric Quartette, "Four Famous Singers, Each One a Soloist."
    2:30 p.m.  "Mount Pelee," Grand Descriptive Lecture by Dr. Gowdey, Lebanon, O.
    8:00 p.m.  "Famous American Vitagraph in a marvelous exhibition of moving pictures, the finest exhibition of the kind in the world. An entirely new program for this evening. Last appearance, don't miss it." (Admission 25c and 15c.)
  • Thursday, July 20, 1905
    "First Regiment Band Day"
    9:00 a.m.  Ministerial Conference, "How to Turn the Tide of Men to the Church."
    10:00 a.m.  "Stirring concert, by First Regiment Military Band."
    10:30 a.m.  "Concert by First Regimental Orchestra, assisted by Schonert, pianist, and Miss Verna Page, violinist, the latter two of the Gamble Concert company.
    11:00 a.m.  Lecture, "Bald Heads, Inside and Out," Dr. George Wood Anderson of Troy, New York.(Admission 25c and 15c.)
    2:00 p.m.  Concert, First Regimental Band.
    2:20 p.m.  Concert Prelude, Ernest Gamble Concert Party, "Finest Concert Party in the Country." (Admission 35c and 20c.)
    2:30 p.m.  Lecture, "A Bee in a Wirlwind," Dr. Geo. Wood Anderson, of Troy, New York.
    5:00 p.m.  Mrs. L. V. Brester, C. L. S. C.
    7:30 p.m.  Concert, The First Regiment Military Band
    8:00 p.m.  Grand Concert, The Ernest Gamble Concert Party.
  • Friday, July 21, 1905
    9:00 a.m.  Ministerial Conference, "Effective Christian Co-operation."
    10:00 a.m.  Concert, First Regimental Band and Orchestra, Lyric Quartette, and Joseffy, violinist.
    2:30 p.m.  Grand Concert by the First Regiment Band, First Regiment Orchestra, Joseffy, violinist, and the Lyric Quartette.
    5:00 p.m.  Mrs. L. V. Brester, C. L. S. C.
    7:30 p.m.  Concert, The First Regiment Military Band
    8:00 p.m.  Concert Prelude, Lyric Quartette.
    8:15 p.m.  Joseffy, "The Greatest Magician in the Country, Also a Violinist of national reputation." (Admission 25c and 15c.)

The Post 1905 Chautauqua Benefits:
The 1905 Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly almost broke even. To help make up for the small deficit, two benefit programs were held, the proceeds to go to Mr. Bartell.
The quotes below both belong to the July 22, 1905, Tulsa Daily Democrat.

  • Saturday, July 22, 1905
    "Joseffy, the magician, and the Lyric Quartette will give a benefit performance this evening at the Chautauqua tent, a splendid program being promised, with all new features."
  • Monday, July 24, 1905
    8:00 p.m.  "The American Vitagraph company with its moving picture machine will be here Monday night and will gove a second benefit. It will be a splendid entertainment lasting m,ore than an hour with an entire change of pictures, all being new here." (Admission 15c and 25c.)

The Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly 1906:
Monday, July 9, 1906 to Friday, July 20, 1905
Season Tickets $2.00, children under 13 $1.00.

  • Sunday, July 8, 1906
    2:30 p.m.  Dr. Frank Dixon, "on the perils of socialism, a brilliant lecturer."
  • Monday, July 9, 1906
    "Democratic Day"
    2:00 p.m.  Concert prelude, chautauqua orchestra.
    2:20 p.m.  Address of welcome, J. M. Hall, president.
    2:40 p.m.  Lecture, Hon. Champ Clark, "the brilliant Missouri congressman and democratic leader. Topics of National importance will be discussed in Mr. Clark's characteristic and witty way."
    7:30 p.m.  Concert prelude, chautauqua orchestra.
    8:00 p.m.  "Illustrated lecture, 'The Shaken City' San Francisco in earthquake and fire by Chancellor Casey,. The illustrations in this lecture are from photos collected by Dr. Casey, many of them of incidents witnessed by him."
  • Tuesday, July 10, 1906
    "Labor and Republican Day"
    9:30 a.m.  Normal Bible class.
    10:30 a.m.  Civic Improvement League, "'Preparing the citizens of a new state for statehood.' A helpful symposium."
    2:00 p.m.  Concert prelude, chautauqua orchestra.
    2:30 p.m.  Lecture-Address, Eugene V. Debs, "the noted labor leader and socialist advocate."
    7:30 p.m.  Concert prelude, chautauqua orchestra.
    8:00 p.m.  Lecture, Senator J. P. Dolliver, of Iowa, "the noted National orator and great senate leader."
  • Wednesday, July 11, 1906
    "Hobson Day"
    9:30 a.m.  Normal Bible class.
    10:30 a.m.  W. C. T. U. Rally, "under auspices of Women's Christian Temperence Union of Indian Territory."
    2:00 p.m.  Concert Prelude, Cleveland Ladies' orchestra.
    2:30 p.m.  Capt. Richmond Pearson Hobson, "hero of the Merrimac amd congressman-elect from Alabama."
    8:00 p.m.  Grand Concert by the Cleveland Ladies Orchestra, "finest ladies orchastra in America. A rare musical treat. A full grand concert will be given at the evening session."
  • Thursday, July 12, 1906
    "Grand Opera Day"
    9:30 a.m.  Normal Bible class.
    10:30 a.m.  Civic improvement congress under auspices of Federation of Women's Clubs of Tulsa. (a) "How to Make our City more Attractive" (b) "The Commercial Value of the Beautiful in Nature." (c) "The Crusade for Attractive Back Yards." (d) "Best Methods for Improving Lawns." These and other topics of a helpful nature will be ably discussed.
    2:00 p.m.  Concert prelude, Kellogg Hazines Singing Party
    2:30 p.m.  Lecture, "The Snollygoster in Politics." Col. H. W. J. Ham, "the famous Georgia 'Cracker.'"
    8:00 p.m.  The Kellogg-Haines Singing Party, "giving scenes form grand operas in full costumes."
  • Friday, July 13, 1906
    2:30 p.m.  Lou Beauchamp, "the famous philosopher who makes you laugh and the humorist who makes you think."
    8:00 p.m.  The Parland-Newhall Male Quartet, "and famous band bell ringers will be at the chautauqua.
  • Saturday, July 14, 1906
    2:30 p.m.  Col. Geo. Bain, "the silver toungued Kentuckian, no more eloquent man on the platform.
    8:00 p.m.  Frank H. Gamel, "and his superbly illustrated lecture on the American small boy, his pranks, perils, and possibilities, will be given by him. Many moving pictures in his lecture."
  • Sunday, July 15, 1906
    "(Note--There will be no morning service at the Chautauqua pavilion--nothing to interfere with the regular morning church and Sunday school services of the various churches.)"
    2:00 p.m.  Sacred concert, Chautauqua orchestra and Chautauqua chorus.
    2:30 p.m.  Lecture sermon, "The man againts the mass," by Frank Dixon of Washington. 7:15 p. m. -- Chautauqua vesper service conducted by Rev. Martin.
    8:00 p.m.  Illustrated lecture, "The greatest question in the world," by Frank H. Gamel, of Iowa.
  • Monday, July 16, 1906
    "Esquimau Day and Japanese Day"
    9:30 a.m.  Normal bible class.
    10:30 a.m. Missionary rally, under the auspices of the missionary societies of various churches. (a) "The great commision." (b) "The field." (c) "Relation of home missions to foreign missions. Missionary workers are invited to participate in this symposium.
    2:00 p.m.  Miss Olof Krarer, "a native Esquimau lecturer will deliver her intensly interesting lecture on life in Greenland."
    7:30 p.m.  Concert prelude, Chautauqua orchestra.
    8:00 p.m.  Dr. Kokochi Morimoto, "the distinguished Japanese scholar from Tokyo college will give a marvelous lecture on Japan, illustrate with finest Japanese slides and moving pictures."
  • Tuesday, July 17, 1906
    10:30 a.m.  S. A. Long, "the brilliant new lecturer whose 'Lightning and Toothpicks' has been one of the biggest success."
    2:30 p.m.  Paul M. Pearson, "who has made the lecture recital famous will give one of his delightful literary entertainments."
    8:00 p.m.  The Vitagraph, "presenting the finest motion pictures in the world."
  • Wednesday, July 18, 1906
    "Sam Jones Day and Grand Concert Day"
    9:30 a.m.  Normal bible class.
    10:30 a.m.  Opening parliament.
    2:00 p.m.  Concert prelude, the International Grand Concert company.
    NOTE: The 2:30 session was not held. See The Complete Chautauquan article about Sam Jones.  (2:30 p. m.  Lecture, Rev. Sam P. Jones, of Georgia, "the one and only Sam Jones, distinctly different from all imitators. This will be the only appearance of Sam Jones.")
    8:00 p. m.  Grand Concert by the International Grand Concert company. "In addition to the national airs, which will be tendered by this international company, scenes form the grand operas will be given in full costume. Scenes from 'The Bohemian Girl,' 'Pagliacca,' 'Faust,' etc., and other popular operas will be given."
  • Thursday, July 19, 1906
    "Bingham Day"
    9:30 a.m.  Normal bible class.
    10:30 a.m.  W. C. T. U. conference. (a) "The Cigarette Crusade" (b) "The Crusade Against Alcoholic Patent Medicines."
    2:00 p.m.  Concert prelude, chautauqua orchestra.
    2:30 p. m.  Entertainment, by Ralph Bingham, "America's greatest humorist, consisting of monologues, songs, stories, and violin selections Mr. Bingham is the most versatile entertainer on the American platform."
    7:30 p.m.  Concert prelude.
    8:00 p. m.  Entertainment by Ralph Bingham, and entirely different program will be given by the incomparable American humorist, Mr. Ralph Bingham, at the evening session.
  • Friday, July 20, 1906
    9:00 a.m.  Normal bible class.
    10:30 a.m.  Lecture, "Daniel Among the Politicians of Babylon," Dr. M. M. Parkhurst.
    2:00 p.m.  Concert prelude, chautauqua orchestra.
    2:30 p.m.  Lecture, "Why an Irishman is not a Scotchman," Dr. Parkhurst.
    7:30 p.m.  Concert prelude, chautauqua orchestra.
    8:00 p.m.  "An evening with Thomas Elmore Lucey, the poet-author, actor in his delightful entertainment of impersonations. Mr. Lucey will give selections from his own writings, impersonations of famous men, realistic scenes from literary masterpieces, sketches from grat plays and an altogether delightful and varied entertainment."
         "Closing words for 1906.
         Prophecies for 1907.
         Come again next year.

The Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly 1907:
Friday, July 12, through Wednesday, July 24, 1907.
Tickets $2.00 adult, or $1.00 child prior to July 12.
Tickets $2.50 adult, or $1.25 child after noon on July 12.
Tent, comfortably seats 4,000, located on the west side of the Central school grounds on Boston avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets -- one entrance "leads from the corner at Fourth and Boston."
J. M. Hall, local manager.

  • Friday, July 12, 1907
    Evening - Lecture, "The Real Sam Jones," by Walt Holcomb, "Famous Evangelist."
  • Saturday, July 13, 1907
    Morning - Lecture by A. Grant Evans was not given. Dr. Evans announced the previous evening that he had just recieved word that his house in Muskogee had been nearly completely destroyed by fire, and he wanted to leave on the first train.
    2:00 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra.
    2:30 p.m. Lecture, "The Real Chinaman," Hon. Chester C. Holcombe.
    8:00 p.m. Lecture by Prof. W. B. Patty, "Radium, Wireless Telegraphy, Etc., Demonstrated."
    9:30 p.m. The Vitagraph Company.
  • Sunday, July 14, 1907
    2:00 p.m. sharp Sunday Lecture, "The Age of Chivalry," Wallace Bruce Amsbary, "Noted Literary Lecturer."
    6:30 p.m. Chautauqua Vesper service, Dr. Evans.
    7:00 p.m. Chautauqua chorus from Tulsa churches.
    8:00 p.m. Sunday Lecture, "Life and Personality of Jesus," Hon. J. N. Tillman, president of the University of Arkansas.
  • Monday, July 15, 1907
    "Bryan Day"
    9:30 a.m. Devotional hour.
    10:30 a.m. Lecture, "The Arches of Revolution--French, American, and English Revolutions--Age of Atheism and Reviving Faith," Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    2:00 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra.
    2:30 p.m. Entertainment, "Masterpieces from Dickens" by William Sterling Battis, impersonator and dramatic orator.
    7:30 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchastra.
    8:00 p.m. Lecture, "The Old World and its Ways," William Jennings Bryan, "the worlds Greatest Orator."
  • Tuesday, July 16, 1907
    "LaFollette Day"
    9:30 a.m. Devotional hour.
    10:30 a.m. Lecture, "Arches of Reformation," Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    2:00 p.m. The Boston Lady Quartet, "Famous New England Organization."
    2:30 p.m. Lecture, "Pickett's Last Charge--Gettysburg," Mrs. LaSalle Corbell Pickett, widow of Gen. Pickett.
    7:30 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra
    8:00 p.m. Lecture, "the Fight for Reform," Sen. Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin, "America's greatest Senator."
  • Wednesday, July 17, 1907
    2:30 p.m. Dr. Eugene May, of Washington, D. C.
    7:30 p.m. Miss Vickery, "the famous whistler."
    8:00 p.m. Dr. Kokichi Morimoto, "the Brilliant Japanese Lecturer."  Moving pictures were shown.
  • Thursday, July 18, 1907
    "Landis Day"
    9:30 a.m. Devotional hour.
    10:30 a.m. Lecture, "The Arches of the Crusades and Norman Conquests," Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    2:00 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra; Whistling soloist, Miss Helen Vickery; Readings, Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    7:00 p.m. Whistling Concert, Miss Helen Vickery.
    8:00 p.m. Lecture, "A Decade in Washington," Hon. Chas. B. Landis, "Indiana's brilliant congressman."
  • Friday, July 19, 1907
    "Flowers Day"
    9:30 a.m. Devotional hour.
    10:30 a.m. Lecture, "The Arches of Darkness, Illiteracy and Superstition," Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    2:00 p.m. Grand Concert, The Amphion Male Quartette.
    2:30 p.m. Reading, "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," Miss Meressa Thompson of Peoria, IL.
    7:30 p.m. The Amphion Male Quartet, "One of the Best Singing Quartets."
    8:00 p.m. Scheduled: Lecture, "Recital of Ben Hur," by Montaville Flowers, "the best lecture recitalist on the platform." Admission 25c; 15c for children. It was reported that Flowers was experiencing some sort of "physical inability," so he performed Dickins' "Christmas Carol" instead of "Ben Hur." See the article on how this was misreported the next year by The Tulsa Daily Democrat.
  • Saturday, July 20, 1907
    9:30 a.m. Lecture, "The Arches of Charlemagne and Mahammed," Dr. A Grant Evans. Scheduled program was cancelled.
    2:00 p.m. Grand Concert by Schildkret's Royal Hungarian Orchestra, "best Hungarian orchestra touring America."
    2:30 p.m. Rev. Anna Howard Shaw.
    5:00 p.m. W.C.T.U. Rally, Program to be arranged by local union.
    7:00 p.m. Concert, Hungarian orchestra.
    8:00 p.m. Lecture, "The New Man," Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, "Mose (sic) Eloquent American Woman."
  • Sunday, July 21, 1907
    Morning - "There will be no morning service of any kind at the chautauqua on Sunday, nothing to interfere with the regular Sunday school and church day services."
    2:00 p.m. Selection from the writing of Dr. Drummond Walter McRaye.
    3:00 p.m. Chautauqua Sermon to be delivered by Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    6:30 p.m. Chautauqua Vasper service, Dr. Evans.
    7:00 p.m. Sacred Concert, Carolinian Jubilee Singers, "The Old Plantation Melodies."
    8:00 p.m. "Religious Life Among the Iroquois Indians," E. Pauline Johnson, "Iriquois Indian Poetess." Scheduled program did not take place "on account of the fact that Miss Johnson's voice has failed her and she is taking a temporary rest from the platform.
    8:30 p.m. Chautauqua Sermon to be delivered by some prominent pastor attending the chautauqua."
  • Monday, July 22, 1907
    2:30 p.m. The Valley Concert Company, "Real Musical Artist."
    8:00 p.m. Lieut. Evelyn B. Baldwin, Famous Arctic Explorer.
    Olof Vally, Swedish-American Basso.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 1907
    9:30 a.m. Devotional hour.
    10:30 a.m. Lecture, "The Arches of Persecution and Recognition; Constantine the Great, etc.," Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    2:00 p.m. Lecture, "Anglo-Saxon Grit," Maynard Lee Daggy
    7:30 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra.
    8:00 p.m. Illustrated lecture, "Nature Study," Prof. John P. Gilbert. "Remarkable illustrations through microprojection and stereopticon."
  • Wednesday, July 24, 1907
    10:30 a.m. Devotional hour.
    2:00 p.m. Lecture, "The Second Centruy Arch of the Fathers," and "the First Century Arch of the Apostles," Dr. A. Grant Evans.
    7:30 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra.
    8:00 p.m. Illustrated Lecture, "Prehistoric America, the Ancient Cliff Dwellers," by Dr. George LaMonte Cole, "a remarkable illustrated lecture."
         Closing words for 1907.
         Prophecies for 1908.
         Farewells, Mizpah.

The Tulsa Chautauqua Assembly 1908:
July 13 through July 24, 1908.
Season tickets $2.00.
Tent located at the corner of Fourth and Elgin.

  • Monday, July 13, 1908
    Professor Rosani, "the famous juggler."
    William Sterling Batis, portrayed thirteen characters of Charles Dickens.
  • Tuesday, July 14, 1908
    "Flowers Day; Labor Day; Children's Day"
    "All Children under 15 will be admitted free on this day when accompanied by parents or guardian."
    10:30 a.m. Bible lecture and exposition.
    2:00 p.m. Folk songs of Nations in national costumes, Rita Rich.
    3:00 p.m. Lecture, "The Man in Overalls," by Allan A. Tanner.
    7:30 p. m. Folk songs and child songs by Rita Roch.
    8:00 p. m. Lecture Recital, "The Merchant of Venice" or "Les Miserables" or "Ben Hur" by Montaville Flowers.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 1908
    2:30 p.m. Lecture, "Scientific Temperance," by Mrs. Marie C. Brehm.
    8:00 p.m. Concert.
    8:30 p.m. Lecture, "Life and the Bible," by Bishop Wm. McDowell.
  • Thursday, July 16, 1908
    10:30 a.m. Bible lecture, and exposition.
    2:00 p.m. Humorous Imitations, Tom Corwine, of Chicago.
    2:30 p.m. Lecture, "My Own Story," Mrs. Florence E. Maybrick, relating her English prison experience.
    8:00 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra.
    8:30 p.m. Prelude Concert under direction of Miss Mosher.
    9:00 p.m. Humorous Imitations, Tom Corwine.
  • Friday, July 17, 1908
    "Col. Bain Day"
    10:30 a.m. Bible lecture and exposition.
    2:00 p.m. Full Concert, Lyric Glee Club.
    3:00 p.m. Readings, Lulu Taylor Gates.
    8:00 p.m. Concert, Lyric Glee Club.
    8:30 p.m. Lecture, Colonel George W. Bain, "the silver-tongued Kentuckian."
  • Saturday, July 18, 1908
    "Governor Johnson Day"
    10:30 a.m. Bible lecture and exposition.
    3:00 p.m. Readings by Miss Elinor Lincoln; assisted by Miss Holstrup, pianist.
    8:00 p.m. Entertainment by Miss Elinor Lincoln, impersonator, and Miss Holstrup, pianist.
    8:30 p.m. Lecture, "The Majesty of the Law," by Governor John A. Johnson, of Minnesota.
  • Sunday, July 19, 1908
    No morning session.
    2:30 p.m. Cleveland Ladies Orchestra.
    7:30 p.m. Cleveland Ladies Orchestra.
    8:00 p.m. Chautauqua Vesper Service.
    8:15 p.m. Lecture, Hon. J. N. Tillman, dealing with the legal side of the prohibition question.
  • Monday, July 20, 1908
    Tier Sisters Quintet.
    Clarence L. Burgderfer, the humorist "with a smile worthwhile."
  • Tuesday, July 21, 1908
    "Dunbar Day"
    10:30 a.m. Bible lecture and exposition.
    2:00 p.m. Jolly entertainment, Marvin Williams, the southern humorist.
    2:45 p.m. Mystic Lecture, "Fabled Facts, a peep into Wonmderland, illustrated with startling experiments," Dr. Frank Bennett Lane.
    7:30 p.m. Grand Concert by the Dunbar Male Quartet amd Hand Bell Ringers. (Admission 25c; children 25c.)
  • Wednesday, July 22, 1908
    "Buchtel Day"
    10:30 a.m. Bible lecture and exposition.
    2:00 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra.
    2:30 p.m. "The Governor Conference in Washington," by Henry A. Buchtel, governor of Colorado.
    3:00 p.m. Dramatic recital, "The Man of the Hour," Edward P. Elliott. "Note--Mr. Elliott will present a concise story of this remarkable and modern play, presenting all of its characters."
    7:30 p.m. Concert, Chautauqua Orchestra.
    8:00 p.m. Lecture, "Pleasantness of American Life," Hon. Henry A. Buchtel, the preacher governor of Colorado. Admission 35c; Children 20c.
  • Thursday, July 23, 1908
    "Hungarian Orchestra Day; Herbert Day"
    10:30 a.m. Bible lecture and exposition.
    2:30 p.m. Full Concert, Schildkret's Hungarian Orchestra.
    7:30 p.m. Concert, Schildkret's hungarian Orchestra.
    8:00 p.m. Popular lecture, "A Man Among Men," Dr. L. G. Herbert.
    9:30 p.m. Closing concert, Schildkret's Hungarian Orchestra.
  • Friday, July 24, 1908
    Lecture, "United States Lifesaving Crew," Hon. Arthur K. Peck.

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