Cathy Bonner made history this past weekend, becoming the first female chair of the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua…
The soft hum of music and flickering candlelight emanate from Randell Chapel Monday evenings. In the midst of the normal Chautauqua bustle, the United Church of Christ hosts the Taizé service — a simple service of silence, Scripture, prayer and chant.
There is a sense of change in the air. While Week Nine’s plethora of entertainment and accessible erudition awaits those on the grounds, transition is close. The major arts companies have concluded their seasons. The weather is often a bit cooler. The days are noticeably shorter. Chautauqua is nearing the end of its 2015 season, and many of its seasonal employees have left to return to school or regular employment. Others remain well into the fall. Here are six of their stories.
Through the winter of 1908 and into 1909, Chautauqua was abuzz with activity. The first 1909 issue of The Chautauquan Daily announced that “a new and beautiful Chautauqua greeted Chautauquans.”
Charles “Cary” and Suellen Lindsay are first-generation Chautauquans, and have loved spending time at the Institution since they first stepped on the grounds by chance more than 12 years ago.
John Pless considers himself a fatalist, or one who believes all events in life — love and loss, tragedy and triumph — can be boiled down to the idea humans are powerless to what actually transpires.
When heading toward the lakefront on the south end of the grounds, Chautauquans won’t be surprised to see a mass of children running, biking and laughing around Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Jenny Beeson Gregory spent numerous childhood summers doing just that, and she remembers it fondly.
There’s an old aphorism that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. In Chautauqua, where the…
On the morning of Aug. 11, approximately 250 members of the Bestor Society and the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society gathered in Smith Wilkes Hall for the annual Scholar in Residence program, presented by the Chautauqua Foundation.
Chautauqua Institution archivist and historian Jon Schmitz said the Chautauqua experience is worth thinking about. “What is it really that…