This is Chautauqua. Community events for the whole family hosted at Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee

connect. renew. discover. learn.

The ChautauquaWawasee is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program of events that explore the important religious, social and political issues of our times; it stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues. Chautauqua promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance, and teaching of the arts.

Art


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

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Education


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

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Faith


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

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Recreation


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

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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-c3.  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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recent news & articles

Enhanced Fitness Class for Seniors Class – Cancelled

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.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Patriotic Pops Concert has been canceled due to Covid-19

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.

Historic Lake Wawasee Cruise Rescheduled

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 […]

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 “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 […]

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