Posts Tagged 'Demetrius Freeman'

Grants aid Institution’s efforts to protect Chautauqua Lake

Grants aid Institution’s efforts to protect Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Institution is in line for nearly $700,000 in federal and state grant money, which will be used over the next three years to accelerate development of its natural stormwater runoff filtration systems.

“If good fortune is where preparation meets opportunity,” said Doug Conroe, director of operations, “we can count ourselves fortunate indeed in Chautauqua.”

Even after Emancipation Proclamation, slaves still skeptical

Even after Emancipation Proclamation, slaves still skeptical

A common misconception is that after former President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, everything became suddenly easier for slaves. But 10 actor-interpreters from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation disproved that theory in the performance “Promises of Freedom” at the Interfaith lecture at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy Wednesday.

Many slaves were skeptical of the legitimacy of Lincoln’s offer. They had been promised freedom before and had it taken away. Other slaves were left without families because their children and spouses had been sold. For some slaves, the Emancipation Proclamation did not even apply to them.

Children’s School staff works to take advantage of Chautauqua resources

Children’s School staff works to take advantage of Chautauqua resources

Every summer, the children who attend Children’s School do everything normal children do: make arts and crafts, play on playgrounds and hear stories. However, they also get to experience the arts in a way Children’s School administrators say is unique.

“It’s been a strategy for some time at Children’s School to take full advantage of the rich resources at Chautauqua, and particularly around the arts,” said Jack Voelker, director of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

In the off-season, Turner keeps focus on the community

In the off-season, Turner keeps focus on the community

Every morning, Chautauqua Health and Fitness manager Andy Freay heads to the Turner Community Center to open up shop. Both the pool and the fitness center, which boasts a large selection of treadmills, free weights and strength training equipment, open at 7 a.m. every day of the week.

The facility has to open that early, Freay said, because of the morning rush it sees, made up of Amphitheater patrons exercising before the 10:45 a.m. lecture. Then, around 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m., more exercisers flood Turner for an after-work gym trip.

Civil War artifacts with local ties on display at library

Civil War artifacts with local ties on display at library

Visitors to the second floor of Smith Memorial Library this week will find an exhibit of Civil War artifacts with strong connections to Chautauqua County history.

The season-long exhibit is from the collection of library employee Deborah Reynolds, who attributes the interest in Civil War memorabilia to family history.

Price: Blacks active participants, not passive receivers, in Civil War

Price: Blacks active participants, not passive receivers, in Civil War

The country is recovering from a long bout of historical amnesia when it comes to the Civil War, Clement Price said in his lecture at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Amphitheater.

Price, professor of history and director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., and a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, said the purpose of his lecture, “Break Every Yoke, Let the Oppressed Go Free!” was to impress upon his audience the importance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which takes place this year.

Managing director Jubeck reflects on 22 years as VACI’s backbone

Managing director Jubeck reflects on 22 years as VACI’s backbone

When Lois Jubeck first came to Chautauqua to start her job as managing director of the visual arts programs, she spent the 13-hour car ride lying in the back of a station wagon.

She had given birth to her first child 10 days earlier, and she wasn’t feeling well. But her husband, artistic director Don Kimes, had to be at Chautauqua to start his job, so she loaded the baby into a car seat, the family’s belongings into a U-Haul and got in for the ride.

Thanks to video team, a new way to share Chautauqua

Thanks to video team, a new way to share Chautauqua

Like most Chautauquans, Matt Cole has seen a sailing race on Chautauqua Lake. John Liau has watched kids in the Children’s Club chase after watermelons and play in pools of foam, and Laura Taflinger has experienced a lecture in the Amphitheater. But unlike most attendees at these events, Cole, Liau and Taflinger’s perspectives were from behind a video camera lens.

Cole, Liau and Taflinger make up Chautauqua Institution’s video team and can be seen at almost any event on the grounds, from lectures to games to religious services. Because of their efforts, the Institution will be able to preserve the season’s events through vignettes and videos on the Chautauqua website.

Movin’ on up

Movin’ on up

They may be scooping ice cream, making your change or serving up coffee at the Refectory. Perhaps they take your bag with a smile as you arrive at the hotel. They may take a note for the newspaper, prepare part of your Athenaeum meal or sit astride one of the Institution’s big mowing machines.