Chautauqua News - October 2015
Waxahachie, Texas

Thanks to everyone!
On Sept. 26th, the Waxahachie Chautauqua  took flight! 

It carried us to 1970 outer space and to the skies over Waxahachie in 1925.  It led us  into the past and  into the future. We got to  touch nature and technology. We thought and imagined and wondered.
We offer thanks to all those  who supported the 2015  Chautauqua and helped make Waxahachie's Chautauqua heritage come to life again this year!

Want to get involved for 2016?  
We would love for you to get involved with next year's Chautauqua!  Help us make the 2016 Chautauqua better than ever.  Email us at
or talk to us at the The Brainstorming on Nov. 5th.
More soon...

Sims Library Receives
"We Could Not Fail"  from Chautauqua

During the Opening Ceremonies of the Sept. 26th Chautauqua, President Nan Udell presented a copy of its 2015 Book Selection to Holly Browning, Community Liaison/Senior Services Coordinator of Sims Library.

"We Could Not Fail" (published 2015) by Texas author Steven Moss and Richard Paul profiles ten pioneer African American space workers in the early years of NASA whose stories illustrate the role NASA and the space program played in promoting civil rights.
Brainstorming our way to next year's Chautauqua!
Bring your Brain;
Bring your Imagination;
Bring your Friends!  

Save this date (Thurs. Nov. 5th)  to help us move  into Chautauqua 2016. We will be brainstorming ideas for programs around the theme of "water".  Help us open the floodgates!

The strength of our 2015 program was built on last year's exciting Brainstorming Session. Help us dream it up all over again.

Strategic planner Carlela Vogel will join us again this year to move us through this lively and fun process on on 11/5. Carlela not only has a strong and long resume in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning and Facilitation, but she also has been an ardent supporter of the Waxahachie Chautauqua since 2001.

The meeting will take place 11/6 at 6:30pm
at the Waxahachie Parks & Recs. Dept. building, corner of Elm and Madison streets in downtown.   

Fabien Cousteau to keynote 2016 Chautauqua
Ground-breaking ocean explorer and award-winning documentary filmmaker Fabien Cousteau will head up next year's Waxahachie Chautauqua program (9/24/2016) which will revolve around the theme of "water". Fabien Cousteau is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

WISD Artists Celebrate "Flight"

A reception was held at the WISD Administration Building on Tues. Sept. 29th to display and honor all 50 finalists in the First Annual WISD/Chautauqua Art Competition.  The walls of the Boardroom were in flight!  Winners were:

High School:   1st - Emily Martinez
2nd - Riley Sample
3rd - Darek Rodriquez.

Junior High:     1st - Alejandra Hernandez
2nd - Justin Smith
3rd - Emma Shugart

Judges' Choice: 1st - Bethlehem Kretzshmar
  2nd - Briana Jansky
  3rd - Sydney Scruggs
Midway Airport dedicates plaque for Bessie Coleman
On Sept. 25, a historical plaque was dedicated at Midway Regional Airport to honor pioneer pilot and Waxahachie native Bessie Coleman.  Actor Joanna Maddox (who presented Coleman's story the following day at Chautauqua) was on hand to help celebrate the new plaque and offer photo-ops with the bi-plane.

Photos by Greg Gorman, John Hamilton,
Kirk Hunter

Houston Chronicle Reporter Finds "Perfect Place" at Chautauqua! 

Joe Holley, free lance writer from the Houston Chronicle, visited the Waxahachie Chautauqua on Sept. 26th and gave our town two wonderful articles:  Click below to read them: 

1) Waxahachie a Perfect Place for Chautauqua Assembly

2) Brave Bessie Barnstormed the Skies as First Black American Pilot

Chautauqua Preservation Society
P.O. Box 126
Waxahachie, TX 75168
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