History of Tulsa Chautauqua
When audiences attended the first Tulsa Chautauqua at Veterans Park in 1992 and in later years at OSU-Tulsa’s campus, even the stale heat, occasional mud puddles and pit toilets failed to deter enthusiastic fans from enjoying scholarly historical presentations. Those inconveniences disappeared when Chautauqua moved indoors in 2014 and 2015 to the TCC Performing Art Center for Education, in South Tulsa, but at the sacrifice of its tent origins.
Finally, in 2016, Tulsa Chautauqua moved to the Tulsa Historical Society, a home more suitable to its historical mission. Its spacious, white, iconic tent is back, but with improvements. It's now staked down against spring storms to a mud-free concrete pad, and numerous pole fans circulate the summer air. Parking is also closer, and there are indoor restrooms. There is also a lush, shaded, sloping lawn that picnickers are invited to enjoy.
All About the Scholars
It would not be a Chautauqua without the intelligent, dedicated scholars recruited from a Chautauqua talent pool for the history-themed summer engagement each year. The Event’s five selected historians are paid a nominal fee to research and prepare for their roles well in advance of the 20 days they will spend in June delivering presentations to audiences at four Oklahoma Chautauqua circuit locations; (1)Altus, (2)Tulsa, (3)Enid and (4)Lawton.
Historical Periods Selected
The Oklahoma Chautauqua Committee selects both the historical period and characters more than a year in advance, recognizing that people of both genders and all ethnicities have made significant historical contributions. Themes include "Cold War: the Early Years", "The Civil War", "The Renaissance", etc.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC?
Tulsa Chautauqua is a live FREE history-oriented Event that is fun entertainment and education for the whole family. But behind the scenes, Event planning, recruitment, coordination and production requires thousands of hours of dedicated work and costs up to $30,000 per season.
Because Tulsa Chautauqua is widely recognized as an historically and culturally significant Event, the following not-for-profit, public and private organizations, as well as individual philanthropists have generously contributed money and resources to see the annual event continues to thrive:
Oklahoma Humanities Council
National Endowment for the Humanities
Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.
Tulsa Historical Society
Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
can contribute to the health and improvement
of the Tulsa Chautauqua
MAIL TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATATION TO:
Tulsa Chautauqua, LLC
P.O. Box 52344, Tulsa, OK. 74152
(make check payable to AHCT/Chautauqua)