A History of the Florida Chautauqua and its Founding Fathers' Influences on Higher Education

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Curriculum and Instruction

Date of Award

Fall 2014


The purpose of this study was to establish a historical understanding of the DeFuniak Springs, Florida Chautauqua from 1884-1929, and to determine how this movement is connected to higher education in America. The researcher briefly reviewed the history of higher education in America, the Lyceum, the "Mother" Chautauqua, Redpath Circuits, tent revivals, and the history of Walton County to establish a parallel time line in which the reader can follow while examining the findings of this study. The researcher applied a qualitative method using historical data. Documents, books, letters, receipts, articles, artifacts, site visits, and interviews provided the bulk of the data for analysis. The researcher used open coding as a means to organize the data and triangulation as a way to check the authenticity of the data collected. This study produced a look at the DeFuniak Springs Florida Chautauqua through its founding fathers, mission, curriculum, decline, and its founding fathers' creation of higher education in DeFuniak Springs and the Florida Panhandle.


Madeline Justice

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Higher Education