The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

June 22, 2013

Kudos for 6-23-13

Thanks to those who made Chautauqua special

June 11-15 Enid experienced a great Chautauqua-Under-the-Tent. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, so also does such a program require the efforts and support of the entire community. We thank the Enid Chautauqua Council, under the leadership of Diane Ford, for their hard work, attention to detail, and commitment to make Chautauqua week a success.  

The Humphrey Village of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center provided the ideal setting, and the museum staff offered much appreciated assistance. Our local radio, television and newspaper services provided timely coverage to advertise our event.

Community business leaders and members gave liberally so that we could continue to keep Chautauqua programs open and free to the public. Our visiting scholars gave sound, professional representations of the historical characters they portrayed. Local talent gave freely of their time and energy to perform. Even the Oklahoma weather cooperated with clear skies and reasonable temperatures. Most importantly, the community came to the programs to enjoy the entertainment and education that is the Chautauqua experience. The week was great and continued the nearly century and half presentations that led President Theodore Roosevelt to say, “Chautauqua is the most American thing about America.” Our heart-felt thanks to everyone who participated in Summer Chautauqua 2013.

John and Laurel Provine

Chautauqua project directors

Kudos to News Editor David Christy

I enjoy reading David’s articles each week. His tedious research into Civil War history yields a unique and very interesting read into American conflict on the home front. During my formal education, I did not really enjoy my history classes, because the presentation was mostly about how history affected our country on a national and world perspective.

David’s approach drills deep into how the conflicts affect the individuals and families.

The details he puts into print result in the reader feeling a sense of presence in that conflict. I’m especially proud and happy for David and wife Debby, because I have known David all of his life and Debby since they were married. Debby is a talented artist.

David grew up in Waukomis in a newspaper family that dates back to the early 1900s. The Christys published the “Hornet” weekly in Waukomis for decades. The Hornet was our connection to everything happening in our community.

My first job growing up was working for the Christys after school two or three days a week, helping put the Hornet together. David, being a third generation, grew up continuing the family business and has devoted his life to the newspaper business.

Thanks to David, he makes reading about history come alive.

B. Gene Anderson, Waukomis

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