Chautauqua Preservation Society - May 2017
Waxahachie, Texas

Will H.B.1254 make it through all the steps of  the 85th Texas legislature to  designate July 26th as “Waxahachie Chautauqua Day" in Texas"? 

The 85th Legislature ends May 29th so watch along with us by going to this link to watch its progress!
Look up Bill Progress

Introduced by State Rep. John Wray on Jan. 24, the bill made it through the Texas House and now is in "committee" in the Senate. The next week will tell!

July 26,

On July 26, 1900, the very first first Waxahachie Chautauqua Summer Assembly & Encampment began along Waxahachie Creek in West End Park, with more than 75 tents erected. 

July 26,

Whether the Waxahachie Chautauqua  achieves a Texas Date Designation or not, we will be celebrating its 117th birthday on July 26, 2017.

The evening event will include both the birthday party and a special presentation
by Assistant City Manager Michael Scott and the City team about their latest projects and plans for the Public Spaces for this city. 

Find out the imagination and the processes that actually lead to compelling Public Spaces – spaces that we all get to watch transform the city, little by little.

It's Chautauqua
Membership Time!

Greetings Chautauquans! 
Please join us in the Chautauqua Preservation Society for a very special Chautauqua 2017!   Help us celebrate:


Public  Spaces!   Sept. 30th Chautauqua brings inspiration and ideas about “Public Spaces” in America and in our own neighborhoods - with keynote Allison Blais from the 9/11 Museum in NYC and so many other programs and speakers and experiences.  

July 26: “Waxahachie Chautauqua Day”   Watch as our Chautauqua attempts to move toward
state recognition. <---See article left.   

Chautauqua Grove 2017   Be part of the new tradition that creates future shady spaces in Getzendaner Memorial Park with shade trees, granite markers, and benches - in the same places that Waxahachie Chautauqua thrived 1900-1930.    

America-wide Chautauqua Movement   Be part of this dynamic 143-year-old movement, continuing to grow across the U.S. and Canada. 
Help support and preserve the Waxahachie Chautauqua heritage and the only surviving Chautauqua building in Texas.  Receive announcements and special invitations and keep up with the quickly developing Chautauqua programs.
We are looking forward to an exciting year and hope you will join us!

TO JOIN, click the following:  
The Chautauqua Preservation Society is an (IRS 501(c)3)
non-profit organization. 

Kevin Sloan Returns 9/30 to Inspire
Our Public Spaces

Back to Chautauqua by popular demand, renowned Dallas landscape architect Kevin Sloan brings his wealth of experience and creative solutions in landscape design to the Chautauqua Assembly 9/30. 

Mr. Sloan's public projects are nationally and internationally recognized. His studio's projects range from large urban planning and landscape programs, crafted landscapes such as at the Dallas Urban Reserve, the Centennial Quadrangle and Pavilion at Southern Methodist University, and the 17-acre spring fed Vitruvian Park.  Learn more....

He also will share his unique perspective on that controversial Dallas public space, the Trinity River Park. Here's what he told D Magazine: Trinity River Floodway
Old Fashioned Singing Project Welcomes
All to 2017 Chautauqua

"All are welcome here;
Of like and different mind

These lyrics will welcome all to the 2017 Chautauqua, with a sentiment that fits so well with Chautauqua as well as this year's theme of Celebrating Public Spaces.  The words are part of a song written by OFS creative director R.G. Huff, "All Are Welcome Here". The powerful voices of the Old Fashioned Singers will reverberate from the historic walls of the Chautauqua Auditorium at 9am on 9/30 as they lead us off with this song and other welcoming old-fashioned gospel songs.  

Waxahachie's Old Fashioned Singing Project is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and enjoyment of brush-arbor revivalist music as it occurred in the southern United States in the first half of the 20th Century. 

Three times a year these singers present "Heaven's Front Porch" at the Chautauqua Auditorium.  This is a staged musical featuring southern congregational songs from the Revivalist movement as sung in white-framed churches, tent revivals, and under brush arbors.  Learn more at:  Old Fashioned Singers

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