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HUM 4480 Chautauqua in the Park

A week-long learning event at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.


Entertainment & Education

The Chautauqua in the Park continues an American tradition of educational festivals dating back to . Hosted in the Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, Oklahoma, this week-long event features daily workshops and evening programs.

While open to the public, the Chautauqua is also available to students for credit as Humanities 4480: Seminar.

Since this event has a different theme each time, this guide’s pages are organized by year and season. Browse past Chautauquas or look up the latest one to see supplementary materials from the library.

Official Information

See the official web pages for the Chautauqua.

Find the Heritage Center

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
507 S 4th St.
Enid, OK 73701

Interactive Google map of the Heritage Center.

A History of Chautauquas

chautauqua movement, popular U.S. movement in adult education that flourished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The original Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly in western New York, founded in by John H. Vincent and Lewis Miller, began as a program for the training of Sunday-school teachers and church workers. At first entirely religious in nature, the program was gradually broadened to include general education, recreation, and popular entertainment. In later years the summer lectures and classes were supplemented by a year-round nondenominational course of directed home reading and correspondence study. William Rainey Harper, later the founding president of the University of Chicago, directed the Chautauqua educational system for several years starting in .

The success of the Chautauqua, N.Y., assembly led to the founding of many similar “chautauquas” throughout the United States patterned after the original institution. By there were hundreds of “tent” chautauquas and nearly 150 independent chautauquas with permanent lecture halls, many of which continued the tradition of the lyceum movement. Although the remote chautauquas began to decline after their peak year in , the original institution at Chautauqua remained in existence, offering a diversified program that included symphony concerts, operas, plays, university summer school courses, and lectures.

Humanities at Northwestern

These links will take you to official NWOSU university pages.