Schmitz to discuss Chautauqua archives at Men’s Club

At 9 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist House, Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Institution archivist and historian since 2002, will present for the Men’s Club on the challenges of preserving Chautauqua’s history.

Schmitz’ work requires a wide variety of archival skills, including restoring and maintaining historic photos, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Center banners and correspondence of the founders. As these records of Chautauqua age beyond 140 years, the preservation requires critical attention. His talk will include privacy concerns within Chautauqua history.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and philosophy and a master’s degree in history from Trent University, Schmitz earned a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Toronto. He then pursued a number of archival and teaching positions in Canada before accepting his current position at Chautauqua. He has been instrumental in making the Oliver Archives Center a robust source of Institution history.

Schmitz has given many lectures about specific points in Chautauqua’s development. This included a speech to the National Preservation Conference in 2011. He also programs and coordinates the twice-weekly Heritage Lecture Series and the Postcard History of Chautauqua.

Men’s Club talks are at 9 a.m. Fridays at the Methodist House, located next to the Amphitheater, and open to all men and women. Guests are welcome to join in coffee and refreshments on the porch prior to this talk. The Men’s Club has no fee to attend.