The Florida Chautauqua Assembly comes to DeFuniak Springs Jan. 25 – 28

January 13, 2018

The Florida Chautauqua Assembly is a 4-day educational program for families featuring famous keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, performance teas, evening dinner performances and exhibits relating to an annual theme. The 2018 Florida Chautauqua Assembly “Into the Pillars of Chautauqua” runs January 25th through the 28th. Featuring the Klinge Brothers as their feature presentation. The Klinge Brothers of Everyday Paranormal, are featured on the hit show on Discovery Channel Ghost Lab. Brad and Barry Klinge will join in with an audience interactive presentation that you will not want to miss Jan 26 at Walton High School.

The Assembly also features free living history exhibits on the shores of Lake DeFuniak Jan. 26 – 28.

Enjoy free living history exhibits on the shores of Lake DeFuniak Jan. 26-28.

Ticket information download here.

Individual breakout session tickets are $10, and performance teas will be $18.

The Klinge Brothers of Everyday Paranormal are keynote speakers at Walton High School.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25

12:00 pm-4:30 pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN – Florida Chautauqua Lakeside Building.

3:00 – 5:00 pm: The History of DeFuniak Springs in Pictures Florida Chautauqua Lakeside Building

6:00pm – 8:00pm: “Welcome Party” – DeFuniak Springs Civic Center

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

7:30 am – 4:30 pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN – Florida Chautauqua Lakeside Building.

8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Free Living History Exhibits on the shores of Lake DeFuniak, sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs

9:00 am – 10:15 am: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION – The Klinge Brothers Walton High School Auditorium.

The Klinge Brothers originally stormed onto the global paranormal scene with Ghost Lab–a weekly American paranormal television series that premiered October 6, 2009, on the Discovery Channel. It was produced by Paper Route Productions and Go Go Luckey Entertainment and is narrated by Mike Rowe. It follows ghost-hunting brothers Brad and Barry Klinge, who founded Everyday Paranormal (EP) in October 2007. The show was canceled in 2010 after 2 seasons and 26 episodes but is still being aired in syndication around the world. The brothers now tour the world as guest speakers at paranormal conferences and symposiums where they not only speak about their theories and findings, but more interestingly, share behind the scenes experiences and truths about filming a paranormal TV show while trying to maintain integrity in a field that Hollywood networks and producers could easily ruin. This is a no-holds-barred discussion on what it was like for the brothers, examples of where Hollywood missed the mark and where they got it right, and how this experience led them to being Executive Producers of documentary films today. The presentation is full of great pieces of paranormal evidence, clips from the TV show, and is a real entertaining and eye-opening experience.

10:30 am – 11:45 am: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

How the Florida Chautauqua brought Technology to Florida – John Oliver –First Methodist Church Classroom A

From electricity and moving pictures to medical procedures and the latest technology, the early Florida Chautauqua presented those who attended with the latest magic of the day. From Professor Louis Favour demonstrating the magic of electricity in 1896 to the introduction of moving pictures in 1898, the Florida Chautauqua brought forth the latest in innovation to the wilds of Northwest Florida, and helped modernize our little village of DeFuniak Springs.

The Air War over Europe John Lohr –First Methodist Church Classroom B

Learn about the air war over Europe, hear from someone who was there witnessing the struggle from the fuselage of a Boeing B-17 Bomber. This presentation will cover a timeline stretching from 1940 through 1945 as it covers strategies and the principal leadership of the US Army Air Corp and the German Luftwaffe.

The principal source is John Lohr’s personal memory of his participation in the conflict as a flying radio operator/gunner aboard a B-17 bomber. Detailed descriptions and impressions of several of the bombing missions in which he and the other personnel aboard the aircraft participated in are included. Anecdotes relayed 10 to him by other crews who were also involved in this particular sequence of combat missions add some color to the narrative. Finally, he will try to describe what it is like at 50,000 ft and 40 degrees below zero in the sights of 100 experienced gunners.

Independent Film Making – Stephen and Elizabeth Berry – First Methodist Church Classroom C

Local independent filmmakers Stephen and Elizabeth Berry will discuss the film production process from screenwriting to production to distribution from the perspective of a smaller film company. They are excited to share their journey, both the challenges and the triumphs of feature filmmaking, via photos and anecdotes and hope to make the world of indie films a little less mysterious. This interesting presentation is more interesting because of their success in meeting the challenges in today’s film industry and working in such a challenging industry, having released their first major production, The Scarlet Letter, and currently working on their next project, Resemblance.

Destin Pioneer Settlers – H.C. “Hank” Klein – First Methodist Church Classroom D

Destin historian Hank Klein tells the story of the land history of early Destin, Florida from 1819, when Spain turned over the land we know today as Florida to the United States to the early years of the fishing village of Destin in the 1940s. Unlike neighboring areas in Okaloosa, Walton and Washington counties the land at Destin was unavailable for homesteading because it had been a Military Reservation since 1842. Learn how the pioneer settlers leased 500 feet of waterfront land from the War Department for $5 a year. Then, they eventually bought the land they had settled on for a mere $50.00 an acre, and it was all waterfront land. Learn also, how ONE MAN owned nearly all of Destin, in 1935-36. These facts and more about early Destin, are found in Klein’s recently published book, Destin Pioneer Settlers…a Land History of Destin, Florida from 1819 – 1940.

Performance Tea: Reflections of Little House on the Prairie – Bart and Jennifer Moore – DeFuniak Springs Community Center

Join Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder as they reminisce about the days Laura depicted in the Little House on the Prairie books she wrote to share stories of her family’s adventures as they joined Westward Expansion. We all remember the TV show, Little House on the Prairie, but that was just a small part of the experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who once lived a short drive from DeFuniak Springs. Bart and Jennifer will take you on a journey into the life and experiences of Almanzo and Laura that you will not soon forget.

NOON – 1:30 pm – Lunch Break (No lunch provided)

12:00 pm: SPECIAL EVENTDeFuniak Springs Lake Yard  _

Tree Planting Ceremony – Join leaders of the Florida Chautauqua Association, the Florida Forest Service, Florida Extension Office, and the City of DeFuniak Springs in honoring our nation’s Veterans. We will be planting a Nuttall Oak. The ceremony will be in conjunction with the parade honoring the return of Lt. Ewart Sconiers, a WWII Army Air Corps B-17 crew member who died in a German Prisoner of War camp. Lt, Sconiers remains are being welcomed home, and the procession will stop at the site to allow us time to honor the return of one of DeFuniak’s fallen sons.

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm: General Session – First United Methodist Church Sanctuary.

The Great War and Chautauqua – Thomas Cloud

Most current Chautauqua syllabi are awash in “World War One” presentations, but this perspective will attempt to break uncharted ground—the impact of the Great War on the institution of Chautauqua. In addition to reviewing the war’s impact on America, Mr. Cloud will explain how the Great War, as much as any other single event, dealt a crushing blow to Chautauqua’s liberal tradition that was as enervating as the changes in communications technologies. Originally believing that the war would revitalize the institution, Chautauquans saw their embrace of “civic nationalism” steamrolled by the reality of the most senseless war of the 20th Century. Whether you agree or disagree, your view of the “War to end all Wars” will never be the same again 11

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Old Glory in American Art – Jan Faubel-First United Methodist Church Classroom A.

Instinctively, most people would assume that 19th-20th century American Impressionist Childe Hassan and 20th-21st century American Abstract Expressionist/Op Art/Pop Art painter Jasper Johns have nothing in common. However, a close look at their bodies of work reveals that these artists devoted a significant portion of their respective careers creating series of paintings which depict the Stars and Stripes at various points throughout our nation’s history. Because of the eras during which each lived, their portrayals and interpretations of this most iconic of all American images represent separate visions and perspectives. Stylistically, Hassan and Johns are polar opposites. But their shared devotion to the American flag unites them in their patriotism and love of the USA. Join Jan Faubel in her fifth annual Chautauqua Assembly Art History Lecture and learn about the back stories behind each artist’s paintings of the American Flag.

History of American Fire Apparatus and the Fire Service – Doug Burns – Sponsored by Ten 8 Fire Equipment.-Ten 8 Fire Equipment.

You see them every day, sitting in the station, waiting to respond to you in your time of need. American Fire Apparatus has come a long way since the days of the horse drawn steamer. Sit back and discover just how these vehicles evolved, why they changed, and how the modern apparatus is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road today.

Methodism and Chautauqua – Rusty Bowman – First United Methodist Church Classroom B.

Rusty Bowman, a Great Granddaughter of the Florida Chautauqua’s longest serving President, early founder, and strongest supporter Wallace Bruce, a certified lay speaker and soon to be certified lay minister in the United Methodist Church she will share with participants a brief biography of John and Charles Wesley (who founded the Methodist Movement), the Beginning of the Methodist Movement/Church, and the history of the Methodist Episcopal Denomination. Learn how the Methodist-Episcopal denomination was instrumental in the birth of the Chautauqua Movement as a “college” of sorts to teach Church leaders and Sunday School teachers how to better minister and educate the congregations they served.

Performance Tea: Reflections of Little House on the Prairie – Bart and Jennifer Moore -DeFuniak Springs Community Center.

Join Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder as they reminisce about the days Laura depicted in the Little House on the Prairie books she wrote to share stories of her family’s adventures as they joined Westward Expansion. We all remember the TV show, Little House on the Prairie, but that was just a small part of the experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who once lived a short drive from DeFuniak Springs. Bart and Jennifer will take you on a journey into the life and experiences of Almanzo and Laura that you will not soon forget.

7:00 pm

Evening Dinner Performance DeFuniak Springs Community Center.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

7:30 am – 4:30 pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN – Florida Chautauqua Lakeside Building

8:00 am – 5:00 pm:

Free Living History Exhibits on the shores of Lake DeFuniak, sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs

Free tree giveaway sponsored by the Florida Forest Service behind the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. 12

9:00 am – 10:15 am:

From Civil Defense to Emergency Management, how Florida has shaped its response- Chris Eliadis-Walton County Emergency Operations Center.

The presentation allows you to step inside an actual working Emergency Operations Center. It provides an overview of what Emergency-Management is and the history of Emergency-Management from the civil defense era during the Cold War, through 9/11 and the 2004/2005 hurricane season on up to present day. We will review the changes that have been made during this time on the Federal and State levels and how they affect County Emergency Management here in the state of Florida.

10:45 am – Noon: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

How the Florida Chautauqua brought Technology to Florida – John Oliver –First Methodist Church Classroom A.

From electricity and moving pictures to medical procedures and the latest technology, the early Florida Chautauqua presented those who attended with the latest magic of the day. From Professor Louis Favour demonstrating the magic of electricity in 1896 to the introduction of moving pictures in 1898, the Florida Chautauqua brought forth the latest in innovation to the wilds of Northwest Florida, and helped modernize our little village of DeFuniak Springs.

The Air War over Europe John Lohr –First Methodist Church Classroom B.

Learn about the air war over Europe, hear from someone who was there witnessing the struggle from the fuselage of a Boeing B-17 Bomber. This presentation will cover a timeline stretching from 1940 through 1945 as it covers strategies and the principal leadership of the US Army Air Corp and the German Luftwaffe.

The principal source is John Lohr’s personal memory of his participation in the conflict as a flying radio operator/gunner aboard a B-17 bomber. Detailed descriptions and impressions of several of the bombing missions in which he and the other personnel aboard the aircraft participated in are included. Anecdotes relayed to him by other crews who were also involved in this particular sequence of combat missions add some color to the narrative. Finally, he will try to describe what it is like at 50,000 ft and 40 degrees below zero in the sights of 100 experienced gunners.

Independent Film Making – Stephen and Elizabeth Berry – First Methodist Church Classroom C.

Local independent filmmakers Stephen and Elizabeth Berry will discuss the film production process from screenwriting to production to distribution from the perspective of a smaller film company. They are excited to share their journey, both the challenges and the triumphs of feature filmmaking, via photos and anecdotes and hope to make the world of indie films a little less mysterious. This interesting presentation is more interesting because of their success in meeting the challenges in today’s film industry and working in such a challenging industry, having released their first major production, The Scarlet Letter, and currently working on their next project, Resemblance.

Destin Pioneer Settlers – H.C. “Hank” Klein – First Methodist Church Classroom D.

Destin historian Hank Klein tells the story of the land history of early Destin, Florida from 1819, when Spain turned over the land we know today as Florida to the United States to the early years of the fishing village of Destin in the 1940s. Unlike neighboring areas in Okaloosa, Walton and Washington counties the land at Destin was unavailable for homesteading because it had been a Military Reservation since 1842. Learn how the pioneer settlers leased 500 feet of waterfront land from the War Department for $5 a year. Then, they eventually bought the land they had settled on for a mere $50.00 an acre, and it was all waterfront land. Learn also, how ONE MAN owned nearly all of Destin, in 1935-36. These facts and more about early Destin, are found in Klein’s recently published book, Destin Pioneer Settlers…a Land History of Destin, Florida from 1819 – 1940. 13

Performance Tea: House Ghosts: Voices in the Attic, Footsteps on the Stair – Alexa Anne Kempson -DeFuniak Springs Community Center

DeFuniak Springs is a mythical place. From its natural, perfectly round lake in the center to the collection of Victorian homes that surround it, this small town radiates an unearthly aura. It is no wonder that DeFuniak Springs is host to many haunted homes. Local authors have used the stories of these houses as a springboard for their works of imagination. Come experience the spookier side of DeFuniak Springs. Readings from local authors and ghostly storytelling are on the menu: spine tingling chills served with tea and dainties!

NOON- 1:30 pm – Lunch Break (No lunch provided)

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm: General Session – First Methodist Church Sancutary

William Jennings Bryan, Chautauqua’s favorite son – Greg Garland -Methodist Church Sanctuary

William Jennings Bryan was the most popular speaker ever on the Chautauqua circuit, a celebrity speaker whose powerful voice could thrill a thousand people at a time in an era without microphones. For thirty years, his name was synonymous with Chautauqua, including at least four appearances in DeFuniak Springs, a favored stop coming to and going from his Miami home. His legacy inspired two of the most enduring works of American pop culture—“The Wizard of Oz” and the lesser known but equally influential “Inherit the Wind.” Greg Garland will take a deep dive into the man, his life and times, and try to answer the question of why Bryan—almost forgotten today—had such a hold on imagination of America. Is it possible to understand Bryan in terms of today’s politics? What can he teach us, if anything, almost a century after his death? Greg will look closely at Bryan’s landmark presidential campaign of 1896; his opposition to imperialism and the bloody Philippines War, when he linked up with another great Chautauquan, Mark Twain, to oppose an American Empire; his tenure as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State and resignation on principle after the sinking of the Lusitania by a German submarine; and the famous Scopes Trial, which shattered his once soaring reputation. You will leave this talk amazed to learn about the inventor of the modern political campaign, the author of five constitutional amendments, a mentor of and model for young Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the founder of the anti-eugenics movement, and a Florida Favorite Son.

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Old Glory in American Art – Jan Faubel-First United Methodist Church Classroom A

Instinctively, most people would assume that 19th-20th century American Impressionist Childe Hassan and 20th-21st century American Abstract Expressionist/Op Art/Pop Art painter Jasper Johns have nothing in common. However, a close look at their bodies of work reveals that these artists devoted a significant portion of their respective careers creating series of paintings which depict the Stars and Stripes at various points throughout our nation’s history. Because of the eras during which each lived, their portrayals and interpretations of this most iconic of all American images represent separate visions and perspectives. Stylistically, Hassan and Johns are polar opposites. But their shared devotion to the American flag unites them in their patriotism and love of the USA. Join Jan Faubel in her fifth annual Chautauqua Assembly Art History Lecture and learn about the back stories behind each artist’s paintings of the American Flag.

History of American Fire Apparatus and the Fire Service – Doug Burns – Sponsored by Ten 8 Fire Equipment.-Ten 8 Fire Equipment

You see them every day, sitting in the station, waiting to respond to you in your time of need. American Fire Apparatus has come a long way since the days of the horse drawn steamer. Sit back and discover just how these vehicles evolved, why they changed, and how modern the apparatus is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road today. 14

Methodism and Chautauqua – Rusty Bowman – First United Methodist Church Classroom B

Rusty Bowman, a Great Granddaughter of the Florida Chautauqua’s longest President, early founder, and strongest supporter, Wallace Bruce, as well as a certified lay speaker and soon to be certified lay minister in the United Methodist Church, will share with participants a brief biography of John and Charles Wesley, who founded the Methodist Movement. The Beginning of the Methodist Movement/Church, and the history of the Methodist Episcopal Denomination. As well as how the Methodist-Episcopal denomination was instrumental in the birth of the Chautauqua Movement as a “college” of sorts to teach Church leaders, and Sunday School teachers how to better minister and educate the congregations they served.

Performance Tea: Reflections of Little House on the Prairie – Bart and Jennifer Moore -DeFuniak Springs Community Center

Join Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder as they reminisce about the days Laura depicted in the Little House on the Prairie books she wrote to share stories of her family’s adventures as they joined Westward Expansion. We all remember the TV show, Little House on the Prairie, but that was just a small part of the experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who once lived a short drive from DeFuniak Springs. Bart and Jennifer will take you on a journey into the life and experiences of Almanzo and Laura that you will not soon forget.

7:00 pm: Evening Dinner DeFuniak Springs Community Center.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28

12:00 – 5:00 pm:

Free Living History Exhibits on the shores of Lake DeFuniak. Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs

1:30 – 3:30pm: Open discussion of ideas for the future of the Florida Chautauqua. Florida Chautauqua Lakeside Building.

Come meet with the board of directors and volunteers of the Florida Chautauqua Association, Let’s discuss future topics and themes for our annual assemblies and ideas for making your experience here more enjoyable and educational.