Chautauqua preservation society...


The Chautauqua Preservation Society in Waxahachie, TX 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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"celebrating public spaces" - sept. 30, 2017

Find out about our free annual Chautauqua event held in our historic Chautauqua Auditorium the last Saturday of September.  Our 2017 theme is "Celebrating Public Spaces."  Our keynote speaker will be Allison Blais from the 9/11 Memorial in NYC, describing how that iconic Public Space helps our country to remember and to heal.  

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Baylor Scott &White Medical Center Waxahachie

Carlisle Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac

Chapman and Chapman PLLC

Chaska House Bed and Breakfast

Citizens National Bank of Texas

Jerry R. Ellis, DDS

Ellis County Abstract and Title Company


Home Depot


The Nay Company

Theresa A. Peel, Attorney at Law

Pettigrew Academy

Victron Energy, Inc.

Waxahachie Autoplex

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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