The centennial anniversary of the passing of the 19 th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote is August 26. To celebrate this event, an Old Fashion Ice Cream Social is set with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski greeting the crowd at 11:30 on Saturday, August 29 at the Gazebo in Lakeside Park, Syracuse, Indiana. “It’s particularly fitting that a U.S. Congresswoman can join us to highlight that not only can women vote, but they now play an active role in making our laws and policies!” said Mark Knecht, President of Chautauqua-Wawasee. “We are so pleased Congresswoman Walorski is able to join us”. The Ice Cream is free, provided by Joe’s Premium Ice Cream of Syracuse.
To celebrate the centennial anniversary of women winning the decades long battle for the right to vote, a series of celebration events are being jointly sponsored by Indiana Humanities, Chautauqua-Wawasee, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Syracuse Public Library, Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber and Kosciusko County Visitors Commission.
August 26 6:30-7: 30 Oakwood Resort Inn
Mapping Indiana’s Suffrage History – Melissa Gentry
August 29 10:00-11:00 Syracuse Public Library
Girl’s Rock K-6 th children’s event – Margo Wilson
August 29 11:30–2:00 Syracuse Lakeside Park
Old Fashion Ice Cream Social
Sept. 5 2:00-3:30 Syracuse Comm. Center
Hoosier Women Who Raised a Ruckus – Marsha Miller
All events are free to attend and open to the public. Due to the expected attendance for the Ice Cream Social, an event plan was submitted and approved by the Kosciusko County Health Department. Masks are required and social distancing is expected per the Indiana Governor’s Executive Order. Oakwood Foundation Chautauqua-Wawasee is a non-profit organization which provides life enriching programs for the northern Indiana region.
Chautauqua-Wawasee has a number of events planned to commemorate August 26, 1920 when Indiana women won the right to vote.
Date Time Program Location
August 26 6:30-7:30 Melissa Gentry Oakwood Resort Inn
August 29 10:00-11:00 Children’s event Syracuse Public Library
August 29 11:30-1:00 Ice Cream Social Gazebo at Lakeside Park
Sept. 5 2:00-3:30 Masha Miller Syracuse Community Center
Chautauqua’s event for July 30 with the Parkview YMCA has been canceled due to Covid-19 concerns. Parkview is offering this class on a regular schedule, as a virtual event, so visit their website for details.
It is with great sadness that we announce that the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Patriotic Pops concert, has been cancelled for 2020, due to the pandemic.
We look forward to this amazing event in the future.
Due to COVID-19, the May 21st Historic Lake Wawasee “Then & Now” cruise aboard the S.S. Lillypad has been rescheduled for July 31. All those who purchased tickets for the May 21 program are being refunded, and will need to purchase tickets for the July 21st cruise. Tickets for the new date may be purchased HERE.
This event is limited to 110 people and will sell-out so buy your tickets early.
What: 2-hour Lake Wawasee Cruise
When: July 31, 1:30 – 4:00 pm boarding begins at 1:00
Where: The Frog Tavern, Syracuse, Indiana
Tickets: $25 per person.
On Aug. 26, 1920, Hoosier women won the right to vote.
Starting this Spring and Summer, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial is being celebrated throughout Indiana and America. August 26 has been designated Women’s Equality Day, and Syracuse has designated the week of August 23-29 as “Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration” week. Chautauqua-Wawasee will be putting on a number of events, partnering with the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber and Indiana Humanities. Stay tuned! More details to follow!
We have not canceled May events yet, but will make that decision May 1. Refunds will be made promptly for the Lillypad Cruise if canceled. Stay safe!
Chautauqua-Wawasee has received notice that Purdue University has announced the cancellation of all extracurricular events which includes Purdue Varsity Glee Club performances. We are very disappointed because their performance scheduled for April 24 here in Syracuse was approaching a sell-out. We are in the process of refunding all ticket sales; that process will complete by March 12. To be clear, the April 24 event is canceled. We have been given a tentative reschedule date in October, and will share more information once this is finalized.
James E. Caskey, president of the Kenneth and Lela Harkless Foundation, announced $85,500 in grants have been awarded to various organizations within the Syracuse community.
The grants were awarded to the following: Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, $16,000; Teen Parents Succeeding, $12,000; Syracuse Parks Department, $10,000; Syracuse Cemetery Association, $10,000; Oakwood Foundation Chautauqua-Wawasee, $7,000; Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams, $5,000; R.E.A.L. Services, $5,000; town of Syracuse, $5,000; Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary Club, $4,000; Kosciusko Community Senior Services, $4,000; Lakeland Youth Center, $3,000; Wawasee Supermileage, $2,500; Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club, $1,000; and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, $1,000.