EAST CHICAGO | "The most American thing in America" is how President Theodore Roosevelt described Chautauqua. The original Chautauqua took place in New York beside the lake that it was named for.
A Chautauqua was a popular American adult education movement of the 19th century, in which culture was presented to assemblies from the community.
The East Chicago Central High School History and Book Clubs want to revive that Chautauqua spirit of community learning and fellowship with its first Chautauqua, "A Glimpse of Ancient China," at 5:30 p.m. today at the school, 1100 W. Columbus Drive.
Students, faculty and community members will present their research and experiences on the subject of China.
"We proud to announce that the Most High Consul from the Chinese Consulate in Chicago will be joining us," said Gale Carter, teacher and clubs sponsor. "Additionally we will be hosting members of the Chinese Student Association from Purdue University Calumet."
Guests from the community are also welcome, and Chinese-inspired attire is encouraged, but not required.
For more information, call Carter at (219) 391-3694.