Creating a Cultural Experience in a Historic Place


The Waxahachie Chautauqua celebrates the Chautauqua history and heritage of Waxahachie, Texas.  It produces an annual free day-long Chautauqua festival in its  beloved unique 1902 open-air Chautauqua Auditorium and surrounding parkland on the last Saturday of September.  The Chautauqua Preservation Society of Waxahachie is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is an advocate for the continued restoration, preservation, and use of its historic building and the surrounding shaded 22-acre Getzendaner Memorial Park.  

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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"comedy and humanity" - sept. 29, 2018

Find out about our free annual Chautauqua event held in our historic Chautauqua Auditorium the last Saturday of September.  Our 2018 theme, "Comedy and Humanity", will allow us to explore comedy through many perspectives and also let us laugh too!   Our keynote speaker will be Rabbi Bob Alper who is  both stand-up comedian and rabbi. He will help us discover the "The Spirituality of Laughter." 

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Atmos Energy

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Waxahachie

Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home

Mr. Steve Chapman

Chaska House Bed and Breakfast

Citizens National Bank of Texas

Ellis County Abstract and Title Company


Lowe's Home Improvement

The Nay Company

Theresa A. Peel, Attorney at Law

Drew and Susie Sambell and Family

Victron Energy, Inc.

Vineyard Auto Supply/Napa Auto Parts


Waxahachie Family Dentistry and Dental Sleep Medicine

Woodman of the World

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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