Pin on the map of Florida showing the location of Destin

Can you name all 44 presidents?

For those who enjoy following the many stories, struggles and accomplishments of our presidential leaders, the 2012 Chautauqua Assembly, themed "A Journey Into the American Presidency," will be of interest. Held in DeFuniak Springs, located 45 minutes north of Destin, FL, the four-day program (Jan. 26-29)  features seminars, interactive sessions, history and art exhibits, musical performances, receptions, classic teas and reenactments. For the full schedule of events, visit

is the Chautauqua Assembly? In a nut shell it was an educational movement that started on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in New York. In August 1884, the Florida Chautauqua Association was formed to prepare the first Winter Assembly around Lake DeFuniak. The Florida Chautauqua Winter Assembly continued for 37 seasons. In the late '90s, the Chautauqua Assembly was revived under the leadership of Diane Pickett and continues to this day, recreating educationally themed-programs amidst the beauty of Lake DeFuniak and the historic Victoria-style homes surrounding the lake.

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Published by Tracy Louthain
Thursday, January 19, 2012