Florida Chautauqua Assembly Jan. 29 – Feb. 1

January 27, 2009

Married to Advenutre: An exhibit about adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson will be on display. Photo courtesy Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum
Married to Advenutre: An exhibit about adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson will be on display. Photo courtesy Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

14th Annual Florida Chautauqua Assembly: A Journey into Africa in DeFuniak Springs

The Chautauqua Assembly is a four-day, conference-style event featuring keynote speakers, performances, special events, and day sessions. The Assembly’s theme for this year is Africa, with a wide array of subjects including politics, art, travel, missionary work, to growing up in Apartheid.

Featured keynote speakers are Gregory Garland, U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs; Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jim Fowler, former co-star, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

The Assembly is held at several venues throughout the Historic District of DeFuniak Springs.

Along with the sessions, there will be many free exhibits as well. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

One of the featured exhibits, A Journey through Africa will be at the Walton County Fair Grounds, some as large as ten-feet wide, will be on display on each of the 53 countries of Africa. Exhibits designed by students of the Walton County School District. Students from elementary school through high school have worked diligently to find creative ways to educate all of us on this fascinating region of the world. Vote on your favorite exhibit! Cash awards are offered by the Florida Chautauqua Center to the schools/classes with the most creative and informative displays.

• Married to Advenutre: Exhibit from the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, KS. Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs, Home Depot of Panama City Beach and the Little Big Store of DeFuniak Springs – Community Center.

• Journey through Africa: 53 displays on each of the countries of Africa by the students, teachers and administrators of the Walton County School District – Fair Grounds.
• Civil War Camp & Re-enactments: Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs. – Lake Yard.
• Camp Conservation: Live animal exhibits and informative booths on conservation efforts – Walton County Fair Grounds.
• Missionary Museum: Booths by local faith-based groups about their missionaries in Africa – Walton County Fair Grounds.

For more information go to: http://www.florida-chautauqua-center.org, or contact Chris Mitchell, president at 850-892-7613