The 1903 Chautauqua Assembly Herald greeted its Chautauqua summer audience by introducing the new President of the Board of Trustees…
Chautauqua offered a rich and diversified program during the summer of 1898.
The Chautauqua Assembly Herald editorial for Aug. 18, 1897, announced it was to be a Red Letter Day in Chautauqua Institution’s calendar.
On July 25, 1893, an editorial in the Chautauqua Assembly Herald reported that the Institution would offer a number of economic lectures in that season, showing “how earnestly we are devoting ourselves to these questions.”
In his book Chautauqua: A Center for Education, Religion and Arts in America, author Theodore Morrison presents a photo of the original 1876 staff of the Chautauqua Assembly Daily Herald. Among those seated in front of a building marked “Editorial Rooms – Assembly Herald” is the publication’s founder and editor, Theodore Flood.
The caption reads, “Anyone consulting the bound volumes of the Assembly Herald may well wonder how so much thoroughness and order emerged from these editorial quarters.”
Much has changed about Chautauqua’s newspaper in the 136 years it has been published — name, office, staff size and average age, tone, content and technology — but its mission has remained the same.
Not only are books and reading part of Chautauqua life, but Chautauqua has also been the setting of a number of books — the “Pansy books” by Isabella MacDonald Alden being among the best known. But a devoted hunt around an old bookshop or into the recesses of the Internet might turn up something yet undiscovered.
One such hunt has uncovered titles for Bijou Clinger Miller, longtime Chautauquan and bibliophile. She will present her findings at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. The presentation, “Chautauqua: A novel idea,” is part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series.