The community of Gladstone has long been known in the Portland
area - and among local apartment residents - as delivering a number cultural and educational developments to the region.
At the start of the 20th century, Gladstone was a major regional force behind the development of the Chautauqua movement in America. That movement encouraged adult education and perpetuated the access to cultural and entertainment outlets for many Americans living in rural areas. Gladstone Park was the site of the Willamette Valley Chautauqua Association, which over time became the nation's third-largest Chautauqua assembly. The group put on an annual event that drew many local residents, although the popularity of the Chautauqua movement declined with the advent of modern entertainment forms like radio and television. Though the movement waned, its spirit is still alive in a number of local events that provide Gladstone apartment residents with unique entertainment.
The annual Chautauqua Festival is held each year to commemorate the city's place as a hub of culture and entertainment during the early 20th century, and there local apartment renters can learn about Gladstone's unique history and the variety of musical acts and entertainment forms that spurred from the Chautauqua movement.
On top of that, other local adult educational pursuits honor the movement's spirit. A number of apartment residents hold memberships in the Gladstone Garden Association, which works to maintain Gladstone Gardens and educate residents on the value of gardening.
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