Chautauqua

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A. Stimulate Your Senses:

What is this place? What is available in this place? How can you get it?

Who is in the photo? What is that person doing? How do you know?

Where is this place? When was the photo taken?

When does it appear this photo is taken? Now? in the Past? How do you know?

Many citizens of Eureka gathered on Main Street to watch a parade of autos and horse drawn buggies to mark the opening of the Chautauqua. It was a pleasant fall morning in 1910 that marked the event. Community members lined the street to watch the Eureka High School marching band play the National Anthem. (ISWP)

This picture was taken of The Chautauqua parade on Main Street. The street has many homeowned shops and family businesses. The parade is being led by automobiles and horse drawn buggies. The shops were available because many families earned a living this way. The automobiles and buggies were purchased from the Ford Co. A marching band is playing music to entertain and energize the citizens. The caption on the picture proves our thought because we see tubas and other instruments. This is the center of Eureka in 1910. It seems to have been taken in the past because it is black and white and blurry. Also many things in Eureka have changed. (Emily's Group, EHS)


B. Change:

What's changed? What's still the same? What replaced this scene and why?

This street has a lot more businesses. There are no horse and buggies in Eureka anymore. The marching band does not march down this part of Main Street. Today, there would be a lot more people attended a parade similar to this. Eureka still has many parades to celebrate things going on in town. Main Street is still the center of the town and is still filled with many family businesses. This scene was replaced by many cars passing by and a four-way stoplight. This is because technology has advanced and the population has grown. (Emily's Group, EHS)

C. Imagine You Are There:

Write a letter about how your day was when this picture was taken.

Dear Grandmother, I had such a great time on Saturday with Mother and Father. We rode the wagon to town to watch the parade for the opening of Chautauqua. We saw many of the fancy automobiles the city folk ride. I hope I get the chance to ride in one sometime! The high school band played in the parade. The music was so loud I had to put my hands over my ears. I could feel the drums beating inside me. It was thrilling. After the parade was over we went to the church social and had ice cream. I think ice cream is grand! Later in the afternoon we went to the fair and Father gave me three cents to ride the merry-go-round. I would have liked to ride that again, but we needed to start home before dark. Hope all is well, Grandmother. Your loving granddaughter, Josephine (ISWP)

Dear Cousin Benjamin, The Chautauqua is coming to town this week. Today there was a parade. Mother and Father took the horse and buggy into town to watch the marching band. Vernon did very well playing the sousaphone. The street was full of vendors and I got the treat to try a sodie and penny candy from Mr. Winslow, still working at the general store. It cost all of two cents! It was worth the time I spent on the paper route. I also delightfully enjoyed the long ride home in the buggy. Mother and Father dropped Charles and I off at Aunt Inez's house on the way. We chased some chickens today and Old George, the farm hand, showed me how to milk the cow and gather the eggs out of the coop. It was a very good day. I hope Mother and Father will allow me to visit. Stay safe. Your cousin, Thomas. (Emily's Group, EHS)