Five Things You Should Know About Chautauqua-Wawasee

The Mail-Journal recently sat down with Mark Knecht, the President of Chautauqua-Wawasee, to talk about their organization and future plans.

Mail-Journal: What do you want readers to know about Chautauqua?

Knecht: Well, a lot of people don’t know who we are and what we do, so that would be a good place to start.

Mail-Journal: Ok, let’s start with that.

Knecht: Our primary goal is to help make Syracuse and the region a great place to visit, work, live and raise a family. We try to do this by offering unique programs consistent with the four Chautauqua pillars: Arts, Education, Faith and Recreation.

Mail-Journal: That’s a very broad scope. How do you decide on programming with the pillars?

Knecht: Yes, it is very broad. So, we try to pick specific voids no one else is providing. For example, we have a Patriotic Speaker series around July 4. We brought an Abe Lincoln re-enactor one year, Thomas Jefferson this year and next year it will be Abagail Adams and Martha Washington. We’re excited!

Mail-Journal: Does Chautauqua-Wawasee do this all on its own?

Knecht: No. our goal is always to partner with another organization or two or sometimes more. As an example, for our Old Fashioned Christmas program, we team with the Town of Syracuse, the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Syracuse Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Oakwood Resort and Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation. It’s a huge effort led by Kip Schumm. Nearly 1,000 people attended in 2021. It’s always best to work as a team.

Mail-Journal: That makes sense. Looking back on 2022, what are you particularly proud of?

Knecht: Oh, that’s a tough one. The Fine Arts Festival is very successful. But I’d say I heard more comments about “Taps Across the Water at Dusk” program than any other program. We still have some areas on the three lakes where people have come out to listen, and couldn’t hear it. We’ve got to work on that again next year…The wind is a big factor affecting how far sound travels.

Mail-Journal: What kind of programs do you have in the Faith Pillar?

Knecht: This year Cliff Kindy is conducting a workshop around the question “what if Christians were as passionate about peace as warfighters are about war”. Cliff is an amazing person who lives his faith. He’s traveled to dangerous trouble spots around the world with Christian Peacekeeper Teams and will share some of his stories and experiences on September 28 as part of the National Chautauqua Conference meetings.

Mail-Journal: What’s that all about?

Knecht: We will be hosting the National Conference of North American Chautauqua organizations at the end of September. Chautauqua-Wawasee is one of 19 independent Chautauqua organizations. We all get together once a year to share ideas and learn from each other. This is the first time the National Conference is being held here in Syracuse.

Mail-Journal: How does Chautauqua-Wawasee function, since most of its programs are free to attend?

Knecht: 95% of the work is done by volunteers…Chautauqua’s and the partners we team with. We want as many people as possible to have access to our programs, so making them free to attend works best. Our funding comes from the Howard and Myra Brembeck Foundation, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Harkless Foundation, Lilly Foundation and from donations received during our annual fundraising campaign.

Mail-Journal: How do people learn about the programs and events you offer?

Knecht: We publish an e-newsletter called “Five Things You Should Know” …five times a year. It’s a quick read. Our website, chautauquawawasee.org is always up-to-date, and we regularly post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

Thank you to The Mail-Journal for allowing us to post this article. 

Because there has been a surge in need, the Syracuse Food Pantry is reemphasizing its “Support a Family” program.  They serve about 100 families from Turkey Creek township per month.  Families get about 1 week’s supply of food, cleaning supplies, and dry goods per visit and are only allowed to visit once per month.  The Food Pantry stocks primarily non-perishable food, but also has 5 residential freezers and 2 refrigerators for perishable food.  They also collect clothing.

The food bank is located in the basement of Grace Lutheran Church on Main Street, next to the Library.  Hours are Monday and Tuesday 9-12pm and 1-4:15pm and Wednesday 9-12pm.  Contact Arlene Glover at syracusefoodpantry@gmail.com or (574) 457-5450 with any questions.

The following is a list of the maps used in a presentation by Kosciusko County Surveyor, Mike Kissinger, at the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum on September 1, 2022. These maps and more are available as digital files (pdf, jpeg, or png) or printed copies and may be obtained by contacting Amy Hurd at the Kosciusko County Surveyor’s Office via phone (574-265-2914), email at ahurd@kcgov.com, or in person on the first floor of the Kosciusko County Courthouse, 100 W Center St, Warsaw, IN 46580.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native American Treaty Map – Unknown Date

 


Map of Indiana – 1826

 


Native American Villages Map – 1800s

 


Flat Belly Reserve – 1834

 


Flat Belly Reserve Aerial Outline – Present Day

 


Turkey Creek West – 1907

 


Turkey Creek Flat Belly Reserve – 1907

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Creek with Flat Belly Reserve – 1838

 


Map of Native American Trails – Unknown Date

 


1866 County Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1879 County Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wawasee & Syracuse Lakes – 1924

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbee Lakes – 1938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial Map of Wawasee & Syracuse – 1944

 


Syracuse Lake Photograph – Unknown Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warsaw Map – 1877

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webster & Backwater Lakes – 1938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waubee Lake – 1938

 

Other Kosciusko County maps available include:
County Atlas (1879 & 1914)
County Maps (as early as 1866)
Township Maps (as early as 1866)
Various Town Maps
Various Lake Maps (including elevations)
Topographic Maps
Aerial Imagery (as early as 1938)

 

*Specific map requests not listed may be inquired of by contacting the Surveyor’s Office.

Local History 3-Programs Series a Success

Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum joined together to offer three programs exploring local history for the period from the 1750s to the 1850s. The programs were in support of Archaeology Month. All programs were free to attend.

The first program, held Thursday evening at the Syracuse Community Center, featured Kosciusko County Surveyor, Mike Kissinger, who shared his knowledge and history of how Thomas Jefferson initiated the public land survey system in 1780, and how Indiana land was mapped and surveyed northward from the Ohio River. Surveyors reached the Wabash River by the mid-1820s with Indian Land remaining north of there. The 1826 Treaty of Mississinewa resulted in the Miami and Potawatomi Tribes ceding land north of the Wabash River to the United States. The treaty also established several Indian reservations, including Papakeechie’s Reserve in our area. Surveying continued around these reserves. Mike’s presentation included old surveyors’ journals and maps that show the location of natural landmarks, original lake names, Indian trails, and “forgotten” schools. The presentation was to an overflow audience of 55 regional people. Mike indicated that copies of all of the historical maps used are available in the Kosciusko County Surveyor’s Office or the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum. After the program concluded, many visited with the presenter asking questions and sharing their own personal knowledge of interesting local lakes area history.

Friday evening’s program was presented by Jim Hossler who read and shared information from Richard Stone’s Journal from the period 1827 to 1842. In April 1827, Richard Stone and his family arrived after nearly a month-long (winter) journey from Philadelphia and settled near the junction of what is now U.S. 33 and SR 5. He and his family set up a tavern for travelers and traders to stop along their way from Fort Wayne and Goshen. Jim relayed that the mail carrier took three weeks for the round trip between Goshen and Fort Wayne…talk about slow mail! Jim shared stories about that period including one about
Thanksgiving; it was typically celebrated as four days, not just one. He recounted Interactions with local native Americans as well. The presentation was followed with a vibrant question and answer session. Approximately 49 people attended Saturday’s weather was perfect for the outdoor program held at Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation enabling a record turnout. Pictures below illustrate some of the six different exhibits and activities which included:

  •  Joe Zdziebko, dressed as a 1750s French Marine, held an audience spellbound with stories of weapons, furs, maps and old sayings that are still used today.
  • Michelle Edington and Alex Valentine (who filled in for Jim Bickel) were on hand examining old artifacts the public brought seeking identification and how they were used.
  • Dan Lima, portraying a captain in the French militia, seated on the ground surrounded by historical artifacts, told many stories including how the cultural differences between native Americans who were hunters, and white settlers who were farmers, created communication issues and conflict.
  • Mike Hudson, dressed as a pioneer settler, relayed information about pioneer life in 1825-1850.
  • The always popular Jeff Mesaros was on hand demonstrating his flintknapping skills and technique.

Another popular activity was Museum Director Jamie Clemons who demonstrated a tool called “atlatl” which uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in dart or spear-throwing. Many attendees tried their hands using the tool to throw spears.

Indiana Archaeology Month programs presented by Chautauqua-Wawasee and the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum covering various aspects of Northeastern Indiana’s history were well received.

Program suggestions from those in attendance were appreciated, and planning is underway for next
year’s Labor Day event, August 31 – September 2, 2023.

Mike Kissinger presenting an old map.

 

Joe Zdziebko, dressed as French Marine, discussing a pipe used for smoking.

 

Jim Hossler discussing early settler, Richard Stone’s journal.

 

Jamie Clemons demonstrating the Atlatl tool.

 

Group picture of attendees on Thursday, 9/1, at SCC.

 

Dan Lima discussing the history of local customs and language.

 

Alex Valentine examining artifacts brought by Scott and Grant Reed of Warsaw; Michelle Edington looks
on.

 

***Photo credit to Walt Maxon***

 

 

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.

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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 and her daughter sharing her daughter’s first wave board ride. Mia Wellington won the award for “Fun with Friends” doing an excellent impression of a mermaid.

Click HERE to see the complete 2022 Festival video!

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 able to better visualize them with the aid of a provided pamphlet, Then and Now, picturing what you are hearing about while enjoying what is built there now. Among places that Ann highlights will be the numerous hotels, marinas, entertainment venues, neighborhoods, and historic homes.

Date and time

Thu, September 29, 2022

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location

The Frog Tavern

1116 South Harkless Drive

Syracuse, IN 46567

This event will sell out so click HERE to purchase tickets now!

2022 Featured Artists

Wawasee Oakwood 2022 Featured Artists

Here is the list of the incredibly talented artists that will be at this year’s Wawasee Oakwood Fine Arts Festival!  We have entered websites wherever possible so you are able to take a “sneak peek”.

Nikki Addington Stained Glass & Epoxy Resin
Paul Albritton Jewelry
Norah Amstutz Ceramics www.norahruthpottery.com
Patrick Appenzeller Matted and Original Prints
Brad Baker Acrylic Painting
Richard Barnhart Wood    www.pawpawpaddleworks.com
Andrea Bojrab Oil Painting www.andreabojrab.com
Jan Campbell Alcohol Ink, Acrylic, Wood Felting
Lisa Cooper Mixed Media Art Quilts
Daniel Driggs Oil & Acrylic Painting www.DanielDriggs.com
Anita Driscoll Jewelry www.etsy.com/shop/CuteByNatureJewelry
Barbara Eden Jewelry
Beth Forst Oil Painting www.BethForst.com
Katherine Gaff Ceramics www.katherinegaff.com
Tyler Hamilton Jewelry www.spectralstone.com
Randall Harden Oil & Acrylic Painting www.randallscottharden.com
Anji Hensley Mixed Media Capricious Whimsy/Instagram
Fred Inman Wood Turning & Scroll Saw www.iwoodartist.wordpress.com
Lynn Kee Pebbles, Driftwood, Beach Glass www.facebook.com/groups/lakeshorecreations/
Julie Kuhn Metal
Sally Mahnken Stained Glass  
Sunday Mahaja Metal Sculpture www.mahajaarts.com
Kim Marcadis Ceramics https://marcadisarts.wixsite.com/home
Claire McGrath Silverware
Rick Reiff Pottery & Photography Facebook: ReiffHaus
Kelly Roth Pottery Facebook & Instagram @ Kelly Pottery Design
Ron Richcreek Pottery
Golden Seaton Mixed Media Facebook: Just Golden’s
Nannette Swaidner Gourd Art http://Gourdsbymckenzies@facebook.com
Deborah Swihart Hand-Painted & Brick-Stitched Wood 
Ann Szeplaki Oil Painting & Jewelry www.ann-szeplaki.fineartamerica.com
Elizabeth Wamsley Clay https://artbankgallery-studio.godaddysites.com
Taps Across the Water at Dusk

Taps Across the Water at Dusk

Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse American Legion Post #223 are collaborating for a Memorial Day tribute to honor veterans and those who have died in the performance of their duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Both solo and echo renditions of Taps will be audible depending on your location. Participating musicians include members of our community and surrounding areas, including veterans, community bands, high schools, educators, and professionals.

On Sunday, May 29, at 9:09 pm, Taps will be played simultaneously by buglers strategically placed on Wawasee, Syracuse Lake, and Papakeechie Lake. Taps will be audible on all three lakes. We are requesting one minute of silence starting at 9:08 prior to the performance.  Participating musicians include members of our community and surrounding areas, including veterans, community bands, high schools, educators, and professionals. The musical director is Dr. Matt Murdock, an educator who resides in North Webster.

 

What: Memorial Day Tribute

When: May 29, 9:08pm – 9:09pm

Where: Your pier, pontoon, the shore at public areas, Lakeside Park, Oakwood Resort lawn

See www.ChautauquaWawasee.org or Facebook or call 574-377-7543

Locations for this event are as follows-

Syracuse locations: pier 442, Syracuse public pier, pier 58

Papakeechie: water spill outlet

Wawasee locations: piers# 35, 58, 95, 123, 142, 143-J120, 153, 198, 304, 345, 435, 484, 559, 599, 640, 676, 694, 731,754, 795. 

You may also hear the event outdoor at the Channel Marker, Frog, Oakwood, the main channel bridge by the Channel Marker, and the public boat launch.

 

Accepting Submissions

Chautauqua-Wawasee’s second annual Fun Film Festival is set for August 6 at Syracuse’s Pickwick Theater.  The Film Festival will feature personal phone videos of family fun on the water, biking, boating, pets, skating…anything fun or funny. The videos are uploaded by you to a dropbox for editing, adding captions, trimming, and judging.  There will be prizes for categories such as Best Pet Video, Best Tubing Video, and others.  So, add to the fun by uploading your phone videos via the link at the bottom of this page.  Please record in landscape format if you wish to participate.

What:  Film Festival (Your Phone Videos)

When:  August 6, 10:00-11:00am  

Where:  Pickwick Theater, Syracuse

Tickets:  All Free

See www.ChautauquaWawasee.org or follow us on Facebook or call 574-377-7543

 

Please submit videos HERE.