Every day, Chautauquans walk the walk of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford — literally, in their footsteps, as the two…
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.
The end of the Chautauqua season is in the air. The cool nights. The sound of crickets. The anticipation of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. And giants in the Heritage Lecture Series.
To some visitors, Chautauqua looks the same as it did the day it was born, a mind-boggling idea to someone who has ever slept in a tent. But change comes hard to Chautauquans steeped in generations-old tradition. And change it must.
Frederick Law Olmsted came along at the right time, a time when U.S. cities were growing quickly, but with little thought to their design, especially for what is now familiar to a generation as “green space.”
At 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, as part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, the Rev. Anna Howard Shaw and the Rev. James Monroe Buckley will bring to life “The Suffrage Debate at Chautauqua, 1892.”
Both were sportsmen and liked the challenge of a hunt. They were rugged individualists. Both men loved and promoted the West. And, yes, Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody knew one another. The public assumed a mutual friendship would be natural.
The idea began with William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech, where he speculated that if cities were taken down, they would reemerge; but if rural America were taken down, the cities would die. This speculation got Jeremy M. Johnston thinking, and he will share some of those thoughts at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.
Science and technology are all about the living. And the dead. Heather Gill-Frerking will explain further at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. As part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, Gill-Frerking will give a talk titled “Using Modern Technology to Study Ancient Bodies.”