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2021 Patriot’s Day Celebration

Chautauqua-Wawasee is proud to present the 2021 Patriot’s Day Celebration. Lincoln re-enactor, Danny Russel, brings Lincoln’s wonderful humor, honesty, love of learning, mastery of language, and empathy for his fellow man to life in a one-hour presentation on the lawn at Oakwood Resort. Chautauqua-Wawasee invites you to start the Patriot’s Day celebration with Lincoln’s tour-de-force […]

Secret Santa Drawing

Chautauqua-Wawasee thought it might be fun to have a Secret Santa Drawing! We can’t give you too many details, or we’d spoil the surprise, but we hope you’ll visit our Facebook Page for details. Our “Secret Santa” was VERY generous this year!

Second Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration For those looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity, Chautauqua-Wawasee, along with the Syracuse Parks Department and Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, plan the 2nd annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Oakwood Resort for November 28, from 6:00 to 8:00. The celebration is open to the public, free of charge, no registration […]

Fall Cruise – Lake Wawasee – “Then and Now”

Chautauqua-Wawasee has asked local historian Ann Garceau of the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum to share her knowledge of the history of Lake Wawasee.  During the cruise, a booklet showing pictures of cottages “then” and “now” illustrates the changes around the lake. This event is always a hit, and always is a sell-out so buy your tickets […]

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Third Annual Native American Series | September 2-4

Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are collaborating to offer the third annual series of three programs that explore the history of Native Americans in northeastern Indiana.  The three programs are presented over a three-day period, September 2-4, with the first two one-hour programs held at the Syracuse Community Center; the third program will be held […]

 “A Look at Women’s Suffrage in Indiana” with Marsha Miller

 A look at women’s suffrage in Indiana with Marsha Miller By Mary Hursh    Over the past month, area residents have learned quite a bit about the woman’s suffrage movement which began in 1848 and culminated with the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote on August 26, 1920. Speakers and […]

Melissa Gentry-Mapping Indiana Women’s Suffrage Movement

Mapping Indiana Women’s Suffrage Movement By Mary Hursh   The women’s suffrage movement spanned decades. In 1911, the Woman’s Franchise League of Indiana was formed and became the propelling force for the right to vote. Women from all walks of life participated in the many marches, campaigns, and demonstrations that finally resulted in the passage […]

Helen Gougar – Reformer in the Suffrage Movement

Helen Gougar — Reformer in the Suffrage Movement By Mary Hursh Helen Mar Jackson Gougar (1843-1907) was an advocate for women’s suffrage as a lawyer, writer, and lecturer. Gougar was admitted to the bar by the Tippecanoe County Circuit Court on January 10, 1895, and in 1897, she was admitted by the Indiana Supreme Court. […]