Chautauqua Movement hits Tacoma today

By Volcano Staff on September 11, 2011


In 1874, less than a decade after the end of the Civil War, the original Chautauqua Movement sprang to life - the first national education and cultural movement in the United States, emphasizing learning for all. It started at Lake Chautauqua in western upstate New York as a summer retreat for Sunday school teachers and grew to include a mail-order book club established in 1878. The movement led to independent assemblies, as well as touring circuit Chautauquas, which were part educational and part vaudevillian.

This afternoon, in Tacoma, the Chautauqua Movement finds its way to the First Congregational Church, in the form of educational gathering focusing on sustainability in Tacoma. Sponsored by Go Local Tacoma, the City of Tacoma's Office of Sustainability and Pull Together Now, the Tacoma Chautauqua will feature workshops by Environmental Business alliance, Tacoma 360, Palmer Scholars, Cascade Land Conservancy, Puget Sound Partnership and others.

As you learn, you'll enjoy entertainment by Pearl Django and Fab-5. Food will be provided by Gallucci's and Corina Bakery.

For more information, call 206.679.1252.

[First Congregational Church, Sunday, Sept. 11, 4-8 p.m., free, 209 S. J St., Tacoma]