ANNUAL Chautauqua Sept. 30, 2017

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!   

OPENING KEYNOTE:  Allison Blais, C.O.O. of the 9/11 Memorial in New York, will explore the design, planning, and evolving role of this iconic American public space in:  "A Place of Remembrance and Resilience." 

PROGRAMS, so far:

  • CHAUTAUQUA SPACES:  For the first time since the 2000 revival of the Waxahachie Chautauqua, the 2017 Assembly will actually include a program ABOUT Chautauqua!  Archivist Jon Schmitz from the Chautauqua Institution in NY will tell the story of the Public Spaces of Chautauqua, through history and across the country.  And we'll get to discover how the Waxahachie Chautauqua fits in with all those other spaces! 
  • CITY OF WAXAHACHIE:  In 2017, the City of Waxahachie has a particular focus on the design of new public spaces as well as updates to current spaces.  Find out how this small town sees the future of its dynamic Public Spaces. 

  • BIRDS OF PREY FLIGHT DEMONSTRATIONS:  Up Close with Birds of Prey - join Kelley Raynor from "Last Chance Forever" Birds of Prey Conservancy and their dynamic and dramatic raptors on display as they soar through Getzendaner Park.  A welcome addition to any park or outdoor Public Space!

Check back frequently for the latest program additions! 

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(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.