What is Chautauqua? (sha-TAW-kwa). Chautauquas were an adult education movement in the United States and Canada which continue today. They were highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s and were then very popular here in Alberta. Chautauquas were highly anticipated and brought entertainment, educational and cultural opportunities to their host communities. This included speakers, educators, musicians, live entertainment, and agricultural and other specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America"
The Who, What, Where and Why
Our region is hosting its third year of Chautauqua events in Cardston on June 15th and in Magrath on June 16th, 2018. This is a regional tourism initiative supported by the Canadian Badlands organization and the Municipalities of Stirling, Raymond, Magrath and Cardston. This is an award-winning tourism initiative that is both fun and family-friendly. Come and participate in this unique country cultural experience at this year’s horse, country culture, education, food, theatrical, talent competition, games, and historic tour events. This is a great and affordable way to experience and enjoy the unique rural culture and landscapes of our region.