CommonGround is modeled after the iconic chautauquas popular in late 19th and early 20th century America. Chautauquas brought speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, and craftsmen together for the entertainment and education of the community. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.” You can explore six days of FREE history, art, music, and literature events in Vancouver presented by The Historic Trust! Common Ground: The Vancouver Chautauqua is from Aug. 6 - 11 at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver. Go online to www.thehistorictrust.org.