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.
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.
For some members of the community, the Chautauqua experience has given them so much that they feel compelled to give back, sharing their time and talents.
Financial planning and the Chautauqua Foundation took precedence at Wednesday morning’s Chautauqua Board of Trustees Porch Discussion, where Sebastian Baggiano and Geof Follansbee served as speakers.
Giving is more than receiving — or ever expecting anything in return. But for Bill and Debbie Currin, their efforts to give back are their own reward.
Volunteering for and sustaining Chautauqua are members of the Planned Giving Committee.
In Miller Park more than 140 years ago, Chautauqua’s pioneers stood and spoke where, on June 26, its current leaders…
In his 1921 history of Chautauqua Institution, The Story of Chautauqua, Methodist clergyman and Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle leader Jesse Lyman Hurlbut wrote of the “Chautauqua Idea”: “education for everybody, everywhere, and in every department of knowledge, inspired by a Christian faith.”
For the past three years Chautauquans have been hearing about the $33 million Amphitheater renovation project, the largest public works project ever proposed for the Institution. The Amp project is the centerpiece of Chautauqua’s six-year Promise Campaign.
Last Wednesday, diplomat and author Dennis Ross sat with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp in the Amphitheater for a discussion on the conflict in Gaza and the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The discussion of international politics was blunt and garnered a warm welcome from Chautauquans.