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Museum holds social on Sunday


The Stutsman County Museum will host its annual Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. The public is invited to have cake and ice cream or a root beer float and join in the museum’s traditional sing-along with David Morlock. The event is free; donations are encouraged and accepted.

The Front Porch Chat will return on Aug. 19.

The Chat on Aug. 5 featured Tim Burchill speaking on the Chautauqua Movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The movement started in New York. Although loosely affiliated with the Methodist Church, the events were nondenominational. The movement was based on a desire to have a forum for adult education that was fun and informative. Although many communities in the state had Chautauqua events only two, Devils Lake and Valley City, had permanent or nearly permanent facilities that were constructed to host the one- to two-weeklong events. There was entertainment in the evenings, often “moving pictures” and presentations by more famous entertainers and public speakers. The main focus was on education. The movement largely died out in middle of the century, Burchill said.