ANNUAL Chautauqua - Sept. 30, 2017

Video from the 2017 Waxahachie (Texas) Chautauqua. Video by Photography by Misty, Plano, TX

WHEN:    Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9am - 5pm.

WHERE:  Historic Chautauqua Auditorium and in surrounding Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie, Texas.  Just 30 miles south of downtown Dallas!

WHAT:  An annual free daylong cultural and educational event of speakers, programs, demonstrations, music, and exhibits which expand on a different theme each year.  This event is reminiscent  of the old Chautauqua held in Waxahachie 1900-1930.  

2017 THEME:  "CELEBRATING PUBLIC SPACES", looking at public spaces through the perspectives of history, science, city planning, art, music, and so much more!   

PROGRAMS confirmed so far....

(Click for EXHIBITS & DEMOS)

  • William Sidney Pittman: First Black Architect in Texas
    Dr. George Keaton, Jr, Founder and CEO of Remembering Black Dallas  (Dallas, TX)
                                          (Thanks to:  Steve Chapman)
  • Renaissance Spaces:  Singing, Dancing & Jousting
    Stonhenj Players (Waco, TX)
                                         (Thanks to:  Victron Energy Inc.)
  • Inspiring Public Landscapes
    Kevin Sloan, Landscape Architect (Dallas, TX)
  • Soaring With the Birds of Prey
    Birds of Prey Flight Demonstration from Kelley Rayner, “Last Chance Forever” (San Antonio, TX)
                            (Thanks to:  Atmos Energy)

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Previous Years of Chautauqua

(2016): "the world of water" - Sat. Sept. 24, 2016

 A daylong celebration of WATER through history, archeology, aquaponics, sea shanties, landscape architecture, glass harp, Handel's "Water Music", and so much more. Keynote speaker was Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau telling us about his "The Great Ocean Adventure."

See 2016 PRESENTATIONS (pdf)
See 2016 FLYER (pdf)
See 2016 EXHIBITS & DEMOS (pdf) 

See 2016 SCHEDULE for the day of 9/24/2016
See 2016 BROCHURE (pdf) 


(2015): "Chautauqua celebrates flight" - Sat. Sept. 26, 2015

 A daylong celebration of FLIGHT through human space flight, DaVinci's flying machines, ancient Mayan dances of flight, WWII pilots, and flight demonstrations of both drones and birds of prey.  We also honored Waxahachie native Bessie Coleman, first female African American pilot, with a re-enactment of her life.  Keynote speaker was Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut, telling the "Lessons Learned from the Ill-Fated Apollo 13 Mission."   

See 2015 FLYER (pdf)
See 2015 PRESENTATIONS (pdf)
See 2015 EXHIBITS & DEMOS (pdf)
Houston Chronicle article about the 2015 Chautauqua festival.