Chautauqua preservation society...


The Chautauqua Preservation Society in Waxahachie, Texas is an advocate for the restoration, preservation, and use of its beloved unique 1902 open-air Chautauqua Auditorium and the surrounding shaded 22-acre Getzendaner Memorial Park.  The Waxahachie Chautauqua celebrates the Chautauqua history and heritage of Waxahachie and produces an annual free day-long Chautauqua festival in this historic building and park on the last Saturday of September. 


what is Chautauqua?   

What IS this unusual word "Chautauqua" that began in New York in 1874?  What appeal did the Chautauqua movement hold for post-Civil War America?   What message of Chautauqua makes it continue to be relevant in the 21st century?

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"world of water" 
Sept. 24, 2016

Find out about our free annual Chautauqua event held in our historic Chautauqua Auditorium the last Saturday of September.  Our 2016 theme is the "World of Water" and our keynote speaker is Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

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about us

The Chautauqua Preservation Society began in the mid-1970s to save its unique 1902 Chautauqua Auditorium from the wrecking ball.  Its mission has expanded to include producing cultural events there and spreading the word about the Chautauqua Texas history.

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