The Modern Age theme of this year's Chautauqua
The Oklahoma Chautauqua program returns to Lawton's City Hall Auditorium on Tuesday with "The Modern Age: Moving Forward from WWI." Lawton has been one of three permanent homes for the OK Chautauqua for over a decade, but the program's roots run much deeper than that.
The first Chautauqua took place in 1874 near Chautauqua Lake in New York. In the intervening centuries the program grew into an educational movement in which renowned scholars re-enact the lives of famous historical figures.