Chautauqua Institution co-founder Lewis Miller was ahead of his time, particularly when it came to sewage. Concerned about waterborne pathogens, Miller mandated that all homes in Chautauqua connect to a sewer system in 1893, making the Institution the first completely sewered community in the U.S.
There is a saying that Chautauqua would be nothing without its lake, which is perhaps the heart of the Institution. As biologist Rick Constantino points out, that heart would be nothing without its kidneys.
Since the dawn of Chautauqua Institution, the lake has been a place of relaxation and spirituality, where Chautauquans can find respite from the intellectual, intensive studies of the day.
Chautauqua Lake is lucky to live in a region that recognizes its value. According to Dave McCoy, the Chautauqua County Watershed coordinator, Chautauqua County is the only county in the state to use two-thirds of its occupancy tax for tourism and one-third specifically to protect lakes and waterways.
Mina Miller Edison might be historically known as the wife of Thomas Edison, but she has become a local celebrity at Chautauqua for her contributions to the Institution. But Chautauquan folklore isn’t always the most accurate source of information.
Dave Wedzik had his cup of coffee on the PGA Tour, and like many before and after him, it left a bittersweet taste in his mouth.
Pari Tuthill appreciates seeing the fruits of her labor — sometimes literally. “I don’t know who wouldn’t enjoy gardening,” said…
While most Chautauquans were home for the winter, the gardens, landscapes, buildings and grounds staff and crews were busy continuing to make Chautauqua Institution a more sustainable community.
For those who know it, Chautauqua Lake can get busy in both summer and winter, the water and ice providing a welcome medium for activities of many kinds. But rarely do those who know the lake see the kind of busy that Chautauqua Lake welcomed on Oct. 16, 1879.
Gary Snyder received a phone call at 2 a.m. last Saturday morning. No phone call at this time would herald…