Winfield Digital Collections

Winfield, Kansas

Chautauqua Through the Decades

From 1887 – 1924, Winfield’s Island Park was known as a regional destination for an annual summer Chautauqua. Modeled after the original Chautauqua founded in 1874 in New York, up to 10,000 attendees camped on the grounds of Island Park and attended lectures, skills classes, recreation, and social gatherings.

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Christmas Wishes from the Little House

Christmas was no less hectic for Laura Ingalls Wilder than for many of us today; she didn't manage to send her 1945 card until after the holiday! 

These modest cards give us some insight into her faithful responses to fans and friends.

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