Chautauqua Building – Sac City, Iowa

 chautauquabuildingcolor.jpg    Chautauqua Building – Sac City, Iowa

Visit the Chautauqua Building – Sac City, Iowa which was built in 1908. The Chautauqua Building is the last remaining building of its kind in Iowa. It is an enclosed auditorium built to house programs that included lectures, humor, singing, instrumental concerts and preaching. Famous orators such as William Jennings Bryant and Sen. Robert M. La Follete spoke from the stage here. Currently, the building is used for events, community gatherings and family picnics.

The Sac City Chautauqua Association was organized in December of 1904 with 120 members. Because transportation was still slow and laborious, many families stayed in tents on the grounds for the entire Chautauqua session, about eight or nine days. At first the meetings were held in a tent, but by 1908, the citizens of Sac City built a Chautauqua Building in which to hold their meetings.

The whole building has been renovated. Historical murals help tell the story about this unique era. Additional information is also available. There is a 1850s log cabin in the park area nearby.

Admission – None

Directions – in Chautauqua Park off of Park Avenue in Sac City, Iowa 50583

Hours – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday

Phone – (712) 662-7383

 

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