Ellis County Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. July 16 at the WoodmanLife facility, 610 Water St. in Waxahachie.
The speakers will be Kirk Hunter and Maureen Moore, president Chautauqua Preservation Society, and program chair, respectively. Their presentation will be a brief introduction to the early and recent history of the Chautauqua in Waxahachie, with an overview of the upcoming Waxahachie Chautauqua in September.
Hunter and Moore moved to Waxahachie so the latter could continue her programming job in Dallas. They moved into their 1890 Victorian house near Getzendaner Park in 1986 and their daily walks took them by the Chautauqua Auditorium.
A phone call in 1999 to the Chautauqua Institution Movement led to a visit to the Chautauqua Institution in New York that same year. They returned home with the vision of holding an annual event in the Chautauqua Auditorium and surrounding park that would be in the spirit of the original Chautauqua held in Waxahachie from 1900-1930.
This one-day Chautauqua has been offered each year since 2000 and is held annually the last Saturday of September. This year’s theme is the “Power of Sports.”
Over the years, Hunter and Moore have maintained their connection and interest in the Chautauqua Movement and continue to attend the Chautauqua Institution each summer.
They have conducted extensive Chautauqua research at Sims Library, the Ellis County Museum, the state of Texas Archives in Austin and the archives of the Chautauqua Institution, gathering information from various sources to help tell the story of the Waxahachie Chautauqua and the community’s place in this part of American history.
For this year’s Chautauqua program, visit the website at https://www.waxahachiechautauqua.org/.