Auditorium for CC
The Chautauqua movement began in New York State as an adult educational movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  It spread across rural America to the small town of Sugar Land. 

In response to the movement, The Sugar Land Auditorium was designed and constructed in 1918 not only to serve the school but the entire Sugar Land community.  The townspeople held dances and other social events on its tiled rooftop terrace.  Inside they enjoyed various traveling shows and Chautauqua talks.

The rich history of Sugar Land - as well as the rest of Fort Bend County - reaches far back to colonial times, when Stephen F. Austin brought his first settlers to the area in the 1820s.  Come remake history as the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation partners with the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation to revive a noteworthy part of our history - The Sugar Land Chautauqua Talks.

Chautauqua Talk One:

Sugar, The Essential Building Block of Sugar Land

We are proud to announce that local Sugar Lander, Leon Anhaiser, will start our series, answering many of our questions, such as how the sugar cane plant was discovered and became domesticated for our use; how it came to Sugar Land; how methods of extracting the sugar from the cane evolved over the decades; how the methods of refining sugar was transformed over the years and about the variety of products processed throughout its history.

Leon is uniquely qualified to present this material.  He is a native Sugar Lander with 45 years of experience in the sugar industry and a former Imperial Sugar Vice President of Operations Development. 

His familiarity with the process not only includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Sugar Engineering from LSU, but also an intimate working knowledge of the process.  He began work as a process engineer, eventually becoming Imperial's Vice President of Refinery Operations.  He was plant manager at C&H Sugar's liquid sugar facility in Hawaii and served as the Executive Director of Sugar Industry Technologists, Inc., an international organization dedicated to sugar refining, scientific research, and sugar processing equipment.

This rare presentation - suitable for adults and school-age children alike - will be held at no charge in the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, located on the Lakeview Elementary Campus, 226 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land, on November 13th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

 To inspire community pride by collecting, preserving, communicating, and celebrating the history of Sugar Land, Texas.

Sugar Land Heritage Foundation
198 Kempner Street
Sugar Land, Texas 77498