BOULDER, Colo. — On a chilly, late spring night, the Colorado Chautauqua’s cabin porches hum with the conversation. In the dining hall, guests nosh on the nightly special, chorizo-infused crab cakes, and nearby in the Community House, six roots musicians warm up for a performance.
And it all came about because of the University of Texas.
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Chautauqua took root at New York’s Lake Chautauqua in 1874 as a summer school for teachers and later broadened into more general communities featuring cultural enlightenment and entertainment. At the movement’s peak, there were about 12,000 Chautauquas. By the mid-1930s, the movement had virtually died, thanks in part to competition from movies and increased nationwide travel in cars. There are 14 left, including one in Waxahachie. Find out more at chautauquatrail.com. The Colorado Chautauqau is at 900 Baseline Road in Boulder; learn more and reserve a visit at chautauqua.com.