Welcome to the Official Web Site of the Ellis County Republican Women (ECRW)
Welcome to the official website of the Ellis County Republican Women (ECRW). ECRW meets on the third Tuesday starting in January through November at 7:00 p.m. at the Ellis County Republican Party Headquarters, 609 Water St., Waxahachie, Texas. Please take the opportunity to browse our website and contact us if we can provide you with additional information about our organization. You can learn about important political issues through the speakers at our monthly meetings. We hope that you will use this website to learn more about ECRW and to keep informed of our activities and current events. You are also welcome to visit us during our meetings.
Chautauqua History Presented at ECRW Meeting
The Ellis County Republican Women will meet at 7:00p.m. on September 19th at the Woodmen of the World facility, 610 Water St. in Waxahachie. The speakers will be Maureen Moore and Kirk Hunter members of the Waxahachie Chautauqua Board. They will give a brief introduction to early and recent history of the Chautauqua in Waxahachie. Also an overview of the upcoming Waxahachie Chautauqua event on September 30th.
They moved to Waxahachie in 1964 when Kirk got his teaching job at TSTC in Waco so that Maureen could continue her programming job in Dallas. They moved into their 1890 Victorian cottage near Getzendaner Park in 1986 and their daily walks took them right by the Chautauqua Auditorium. A phone call in 1999 to the Chautauqua Institution in NY started their long-time connection and interest in the Chautauqua Movement and attendance at the Chautauqua Institution each summer. They have conducted extensive Chautauqua research at the Sims Library, the Ellis County Museum, the State of Texas Archives in and the archives of the Chautauqua Institution in NY, gathering information from various sources to help tell the story of the Waxahachie Chautauqua and our community's place in this amazing American history.
After visiting the Chautauqua Institution in 1999, Maureen and Kirk returned home with the vision of holding an annual event in the Auditorium and surrounding park that would be in the spirit of the original Chautauqua held here from 1900-1930. This one-day Chautauqua has been offered each year since 2000, the last Saturday of September. Kirk is currently President of the Chautauqua Preservation Society while Maureen is Program Chair.
Hostesses will serve light refreshments.