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Tulsa Chautauqua
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What is a Chautauqua?
The name "Chautauqua" comes from the Chautauqua Institution, originally a non-denominational educational summer school camp etablished on Lake Chautauqua, New York in 1874 for the purpose of educating Sunday school teachers...
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Origins of Chautauqua

About Tulsa Chautauqua
Tulsa Chautauqua is a nonprofit 501(c)(b) corporation run by its Board of Directors and supported with an indispensable staff of volunteers, whose devotion and hard work keep living history alive.

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.

Ultimately, Tulsa Chautauqua moved to the Tulsa Historical Society in 2016, a completely renovated historical mansion more suitable to the Organization's historical mission. The Chautauqua's spacious, white, iconic tent is back, but with improvements. It's now staked down against spring storms to a mud-free concrete pad, with numerous pole fans circulating the summer air. Parking is also closer, indoor restrooms are at attendees disposal, and a lush, sloping lawn is open to picnickers for their enjoyment.

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.


Tulsa Chautauqua is a FREE living history Event offering family-fun entertainment and education for. 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 and philanthropists have generously contributed to ensure this annual event continues to thrive:

BENEFACTORS ($5,000 to $9,999)

- Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation
(Underwriters of Gene Roddenberry)
- Oklahoma Humanities

CHAMPIONS ($2,500 to $4,999)

- H.O.P.E. Grant
- Gelvin Foundation
- Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.
- Sandy & Ed Moore
- Kim Smith

ADVOCATES ($1,000 to $2,499)

- Gini Fox
- Rebecca Holland & Ron Nick

($250 to $999)

- All Souls Unitarian Church
- Mary Adams
- John Barnett
- Ken Busby
- Cheryl & Larry Chambers
- Harry Dandelles
- R. Lee Ellison
- Pearl Garrison
- Earl Goodman & Josie Rosenthal
- Bette & Michael Graves
- Lisa & Paul Gray
- Julie & Dr. Jerry Gustafson
- Virginia Harrison
- Kathy A. Hayes
- Nancy & Bill Hermann
- JoAnn Huber
- Marilyn Inhofe & Ralph Tucker
- Myra & Ron Jeffris
- Nancy & Ted Kachel
- Sandra & Dobie Langenkamp
- Pat & Bud Martin
- Jennifer Maxwell
- Mary McGraw
- LeLe Murphy

- Constance Murray
- Christine Myers-Baker
- Maurine Perry
- Beth Rainey
- Marcy & Bernard Robinowitz
- Betty Simpson
- Julie Skye
- Penny & John Tipton
- Martin Wing
- Jane Wiseman & Jim Hodges
- Paula Wood
- SRO Productions of Tulsa, Inc.


- Tulsa Historical Society
- Evelyn Hatfield

can contribute to the health and improvement
of the Tulsa Chautauqua



Tulsa Chautauqua, Inc
P.O. Box 52344, Tulsa, OK. 74152