Chautauqua News - August 30, 2015
Waxahachie, Texas



Book Signing at Chautauqua on
Sept. 26th


 
The 2015 Book Selection 
of the Waxahachie Chautauqua matches the  theme of "Flight". 


We Could Not Fail by Texas author Steven Moss and Richard Paul profiles ten pioneer African American space workers whose stories illustrate the role NASA and the space program played in promoting civil rights.  It tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of how shooting for the stars helped to overcome segregation on earth. Great reviews by BBC World News and Mae Jemison. 

Click to Listen to NPR story.

Co-author Steven Moss will bring his new book to sign at the Chautauqua on Sept. 26.  He is Associate Professor of English at Texas State Technical College and a Fellow of the Kellogg Institute.

Co-author Richard Paul is an award-winning documentary producer whose feature stories have appeared on NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's Studio 360.



 
         Greetings, Chautauquans!
Just 26 days to
"Chautauqua Celebrates Flight!"
Opening ceremonies at 9am.

Chautauqua Joins WISD for Art Competition about "FLIGHT".

Waxahachie high school, middle school, and elementary school art students will be interpreting flight in a district-wide art competition. 
 
Winning submissions will be announced on Friday evening, September 25th at the Midway Airport dedication ceremony (for its new Bessie Coleman plaque). They will also be on display on Saturday, Sept. 26 during the Waxahachie Chautauqua.
 
All finalists will be honored at a special reception on Tuesday, September
29 at the WISD Administration Building from 5:00-6:00 pm. All are invited.
 
A huge thanks to WISD art teachers Joe Leonard, Loryn Leonard, and Debbie Davis and the other art teachers who are participating.


Chautauqua Auditorium
Gets New Roof 


Our 1902 Auditorium now has a new roof for the first time in 40 years. Since it is made of the traditional cedar shingles, it definitely has a red look, unusual to most of our eyes.  It will eventually weather to its ultimate gray. The roof is 13,860 square feet and made up of 120.7 squares of shingles.  Many thanks to the City of Waxahachie and the Parks Dept. for supporting and maintaining this unique historic building!





Plaque Dedication 
Fri. Sept. 25th
at Midway Airport


A new historical plaque honoring Waxahachie native BESSIE COLEMAN will be unveiled at a celebration at Midway Regional Airport on Friday, Sept 25 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  Music and food will be available.

Actor Joanna Maddox will represent Bessie Coleman at this dedication. Ms. Maddox will bring to life the story and passion of Bessie Coleman at Chautauqua on the following day (9/26).


This plaque will honor Bessie Coleman's exhibition flight that occurred 90 years ago on Sept. 26, 1925 here in Waxahachie. She landed and took off from what was then Trinity University athletic field. She invited Waxahachie Mayor Johnston, university officials, and members of the Waxahachie Daily Light editorial staff to be her passengers in short flights on that Saturday in 1925.

 
 

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P.O. Box 126
Waxahachie, TX 75168
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