This is Chautauqua. Community events for the whole family hosted in Syracuse Indiana and Lake Wawasee.

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The ChautauquaWawasee is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program of events focused on Art, Education, Faith, and Recreation. Our goal to to provide unique programs that enrich the individual, families and community.

Art


We celebrate, encourage and study the arts and believe they are integral to all of learning. Learn More

Education


A cornerstone principal of Chautauqua is the belief in consistence self-improvement through lifelong learning. Learn More

Faith


At Chautauqua, religious faith is perceived, interpreted and experienced as central to the understanding and expression of our social and cultural values. Learn More

Recreation


We believe the recreation experience and a healthy lifestyle are essential to the Chautauqua experience and fuller life overall. Learn More

Our goal is to “raise the bar” continually by improving the quality of programs, authors, and presenters.  Your support enables us to grow and carry out our mission of providing valuable programs related to education, arts, faith and recreation.  Our vision is for Chautauqua-Wawasee to be cited as one reason a business and/or people choose to move and live in Syracuse, Kosciusko County, and Indiana.  We promise to use all gifts wisely and responsibly toward this vision.

We are a non-profit corporation 501-(c)(3).  Consult with your tax advisor.  Donations may be tax-deductible.

Mail Donations to:

Oakwood Foundation Inc. 

Chautauqua-Wawasee
702 E. Lake View Rd
Syracuse, IN 46567

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The Chautauqua movement began in the 1870s. Teddy Roosevelt hailed it as “the most American thing in America.” On September 27-30, we will host the annual gathering of the 19 North American Chautauqua organizations at the Oakwood Resort. During the meetings, the Chautauqua organizations report on their activities and share common experiences. See More

The second annual Chautauqua Family Fun Film Festival, held at Pickwick Theater on August 6th , included more than 50 video clips and a few still photos. Ellie Johnston won the “Fun with Animals” award for her video showing her paddle board adventures with her dog. Sydney Lamb’s winning “Fun with Water” video showed Sydney […]

Over Memorial Day weekend, Chautauqua Wawasee and Syracuse American Legion Post 223 hosted the second annual “Taps Across the Water” to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The following local men gave the last full measure of devotion to our country:   Civil War: Hiram Bonner, John Bonner, […]

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Northern American History Series

Chautauqua-Wawasee and the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are once again collaborating to offer a 3-day series of educational and entertaining programs focused on northern Indiana native American history. All programs are free to attend. Thursday, September 1- 6:30-7:30 p.m. Using Maps to Unlock the Past (1866 – 1903) As Kosciusko County Surveyor, Mike Kissinger, has done […]

2022 Cliff Kindy Workshop

2022 Cliff Kindy Workshop What if Christians had the passion for peacekeeping that warriors have for war? Participate in an evening with author and peace-seeker Cliff Kindy, an Indiana organic farmer. Cliff will share about his many Christian Peacemaker Team journeys (Iraq, Sudan, Iran…), and how he became part of CPTs. The workshop will explore […]

Then and Now

Local historian Ann Garceau will narrate a Historical Cruise of Lake Wawasee aboard the SS Lillypad II Chautauqua-Wawasee is repeating last year’s successful “Lake Wawasee, Then & Now” presentation by local historian Ann Garceau of the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum. As Ann shares interesting stories about historic structures that stood around the lake, you will be […]

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