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Sep 14 2017
Waxahahchie Chautauqua



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Chautauqua Auditorium at Getzendaner Park
400 S. Grand Ave.
Waxahchie, Texas 75165

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. 

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!

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

More information: 

 9am – Opening Ceremonies kick off the day with Songs of Welcome and other surprises.
10am - 5pm - Inspiring and intriguing programs, concerts, exhibits, and demonstrations.  All about PUBLIC PLACES of community, wilderness, remembrance, prayer. art, dance, music, and imagination.

Discover Thomas Jefferson's belief that America’s Open Public Spaces could help preserve our democracy for all time - through Thomas Jefferson historical re-enactor & researcher Steven Edenbo from Philadelphia, PA.

List of all programs, details, and schedule at


  • 9/11 Memorial:  A Place of Remembrance and Resilience
    Allison Blais, Executive VP of National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum (NYC)
  • “All Are Welcome Here” with the Old-Fashioned Singers
    Old-Fashioned Singing Project (Waxahachie, TX) kicks off the day at 9am
  • Chautauqua’s Gathering Places Across America
    Jon Schmitz, Archivest & Historian, Chautauqua Institution (NY)
  • Thomas Jefferson: Inter-weaving Democracy & Architecture
    Steven Edenbo, Thomas Jefferson re-enactor & scholar (Philadelphia. PA)
  • William Sidney Pittman: First Black Architect in Texas
    Dr. George Keaton, Jr, Founder and CEO of Remembering Black Dallas  (Dallas, TX)
  • Renaissance Spaces:  Singing, Dancing & Jousting
    Stonhenj Players (Waco, TX)
  • Transforming Waxahachie Through Public Spaces
    John Smith, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Waxahachie, TX
  • 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)