Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Chautauquas  



After the "Assembly" failed :

    The end came to the Assembly Grounds in Dec. 1905 when J. V. Combs filed suit on the mortgage. In 1907 is was sold and subdivided into lots becoming Ferriers Addition.
an attempt was made to keep the chautauqua alive. In the early 1900's the famed Redpath Chautauqua National Organization seriously considered establishing in the Culver area but plans were abandoned. But it is said that some form of the Chautauqua's remained into the 1930's era being held on the vacant land at the corner of Plymouth and Washington Streets where the town hall sits today.

What is a Chautauqua?:
    Chautauqua ( sha-TAW-kwa) was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and c ulture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day


David Burns always claimed they were also held at the location of where the town hall presently sits which is 200 E. Washington. By the 1924 & 1937 Sanborn makes this could of been likely as they seem to have just been "vacant lots"


A listing is being started of those found mentioned for further research:



On March 26, 1914 a schedule was printed for the 1914 Chautauqua as follows:

The Chautauqua Program

The date for Culver's 1914 chautauqua is Aug. 30-Sept. 4. The talent is announced as follows:

Hon. William E. Mason, ex-U. S. senator rrom Illinois. political address.

Governor Patterson of Tennessee, temperance address.,

Congressman Fred S. Jackson ex-attorney general of Kansas, progreaaive talk.

Thomas McClary, illusatrated lecture on Panama

Prof. Wm. Lloyd Davis, Wisconsin univereity lecture and song recital

Belle Kearney, lecture.

The University Players, seven piece orchestra

Nell Bunnell, singer, and Beatrice Weller, cartoonist, reader and pianist

Tbe Price company of ten instruments aod humorous reader

Royal Black Hussar band, 18 pieces

Hazel Folsom Daggy and comedy singer and instramentalists.

National Grand Opera company of live people




AUGUST 8, 1923 Plans are all completed for Culver's Chautauqua, which will begin tomorrow afternoon on the Osborn lot, east of The Citizen office

1925 June 17 - National Organization seriously considered establishing in the Culver area but plans were abandoned. But it is said that some form of the Chautauqua's remained into the 1930's era being held on the vacant land at the corner of Plymouth and Washington Streets where the town hall sits today.

Chautauqua Committee To Meet Next Monday
    A special meeting of those of this community who signed the contract for the chautauques this simmer is called for next Monday night, June 8th, at 7:30 o'clock in the auditorium of the public library.

    This is a very important meeting as plans for the work will be thoroughly discuseed and committess will be appointed for the coming event.

    No signer should be absent from this meeting for he well be held resposinble for a certain number of tickets. It is to each person's interest to be there.

    The folllowing are the signers: C. L. Slonaker, DoOn Cromley, F. G. Solomon, M. H. Ewald, T. E. Slatery, C. E. Medbourn, Muldred Busart, Mrs. W. O. Osborn, A. M. ROberts, M. E. Jones, H. E. Mikesell, C. E. Reed, A. R. McKesson, W. S. Easterday, F. C. Leitnaker, E. W. Koontz, W. M. Hand, J. F. Tapy., H. Zechiel, Earl Adams, D. W. Marks, A. A. Keen, Jack Milner, Charles Dickerson, Jerome Zechiel, W. O. Osborn, C. W. Newman, A. M. Romig, G. W> Overmyer, and C. D. Behmer. - 3 Jun 1925







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