Archivist Schmitz leads BTG Brown Bag on the aesthetics of Chautauqua


Photo by Greg Funka.

Beverly Hazen | Staff Writer

Looking ahead to the House Tour on July 17, Chautauqua Institution Archivist Jon Schmitz will conduct the Bird, Tree & Garden Club’s Brown Bag lecture at 12:15 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall.

“We thought we’d try something different; not the same kind of review as we’ve done for years,” BTG President Norman Karp said. “It is an exciting change to have Jon looking at Chautauqua in a different way.”

Schmitz’s topic, “Planning for Continuity: Chautauqua Past, Present and Future,” will give an overview of the planning that takes place with respect to the buildings and grounds in an effort to incorporate change in continuity. The talk will try to demonstrate how the buildings and grounds have helped preserve the community and the programs at Chautauqua.

“As a place, Chautauqua is recognized by understanding its identity, which can only be understood by understanding something about its history,” Schmitz said.

He said the buildings and grounds do more than record changes to the programs and the look of Chautauqua while reflecting what is happening on the grounds.

“They also have introduced new elements which are incorporated permanently into the identity of Chautauqua,” he said. He will answer questions following his talk.

Schmitz is an archivist and historian, and a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and the New York State Archives Regional Advisory Committee.