WAXAHACHIE'S UNIQUE 1902 CHAUTAUQUA AUDITORIUM
The Waxahachie Chautauqua Auditorium, an unusual octagonal 2500-seat open-air auditorium, was built in 1902 to accommodate the throngs of people attending the annual Chautauqua Assemblies. In the mid-1970s, the decaying and almost demolished auditorium was resurrected and restored through the efforts of local citizens and remains today a monument to the Chautauqua history of Waxahachie. It has been awarded a Texas Historical Marker and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only known original Chautauqua building surviving in Texas.
WAXAHACHIE CHAUTAUQUA TODAY
Since its revival in 2000, the Waxahachie Chautauqua has come alive again in the form of an annual one-day Assembly held the last Saturday in September. Educational, inspirational and entertaining programs are presented by respected scholars, artists and teachers in the restored Chautauqua Auditorium, in old-fashioned tents, and in the surrounding pastoral shaded setting of Getzendaner Park. Lectures and performances revolve around a particular theme that is viewed through the arts, humanities and sciences. The goal of the revived Chautauqua is to continue the unique spirit and tradition of the historic Chautauqua by offering a place for discovery and renewal.
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Chautauqua Celebrates Flight - September 26, 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie, Texas