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

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 […]

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 […]

event calendar

second annual Native American series

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 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 […]

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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