Chautaiqia Talk: Sugar Land history series on February 12 features former Mayor Bill Little

Former Sugar Land Mayor Bill Little will be interviewed in the newly renovated Sugar Land Auditorium by SLHF Board Member Bruce Kelly. The interview promises to be filled with lots of funny stories as well as the trials and tribulations of Sugar Land transitioning from a company town to an incorporated city in 1959 – early 1960’s.

Come to the historic Sugar Land Auditorium on Tuesday, February 12, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., for the second in a special series of lectures on the history of Sugar Land.  Former Sugar Land Mayor William (Bill) Little will present “Transition From a Company Town to an Incorporated City” as part of the Sugar Land Chautauqua Talks, co-sponsored by the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation, open and free of charge to the public.

Mayor Bill Little will bring a piece of Sugar Land history alive, as he discusses with local historian Bruce Kelly his perspective on the City’s transition from a company town in the 1950’s to a thriving, incorporated municipality.  In 1961, Bill was elected the second mayor of the newly incorporated city of Sugar Land, serving in this role until 1964.  During this critical time in the City’s growth and formation, Bill held various executive titles with both Sugarland Industries and the Imperial Sugar Company.

The Chautauqua Talks, a series of entertaining and educational presentations related to Sugar Land history, is suitable for audiences of all ages.  The name for the series (pronounced shə-TAW-kwə), is based on an adult educational movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, called the Chautauqua Movement, which began in New York State and spread across rural America to small towns like 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.  One of its purposes was to have a place to hold the Chautauqua talks.

Come to the historic and beautifully renovated Sugar Land Auditorium to celebrate the unique history of Sugar Land at the Chautauqua Talk on Tuesday, February 12, featuring former Sugar Land Mayor Bill Little.  The auditorium is located at 226 Lakeview Drive on the Lakeview Elementary School campus, at the intersection of Lakeview and Wood Streets.

For more information, please visit www.slheritage.org or www.slcaf.org.

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