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. 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-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

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 […]

Celebrate Women’s Suffrage Centennial

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 […]

Covid-19 Update

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!

event calendar

Fall Cruise – Lake Wawasee – “Did You Know?”

Chautauqua-Wawasee has asked local historian Ann Garceau of the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, and Erin Lomax of the Smithsonian Institute to share their knowledge of “What’s in the Depths of Lake Wawasee?” Based on their research, they will surprise, entertain and delight with stories about cars, boats, coins, and other relics known to have been lost, […]

second annual Native American series

Second Annual Native American Series | September 3-5

Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are collaborating to offer the second annual Native American series, which consists of three programs that explore the history of Native Americans in northeastern Indiana.  Each of the three one-hour programs will be presented over a three-day period, September 3-5, at the Syracuse Community Center, offered free of charge.  Each […]

 “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 […]

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