Column By John Warren Joe Abi-Khattar shook his head when he saw a picture of himself in the International Order…
The International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship recipients are nearly halfway through their tenure at Chautauqua Institution, but many of them still aren’t sure what to make of the Institution.
Column by John Warren I went looking for my father in Chautauqua the other day. It was never unusual to go…
Piled on the ledge of the Bestor Plaza fountain are 13 college students from seven different countries. It is their first time at Chautauqua, and for some, their first time in the United States. They met at the beginning of the season to embark on four weeks of spiritual, cultural and artistic renewal. Tomorrow, they bid farewell to Chautauqua and to one another.
They are not the first or the last group to visit Chautauqua as the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons scholars.
IOKDS is a nondenominational Christian service organization founded in 1886, whose headquarters have been at Chautauqua the past 40 years. It owns four houses on the grounds, and every summer houses students from around the world for a type of spiritual retreat.
“It’s a time to renew your mind, your body and your soul,” said Valerie Roberts, IOKDS Chautauqua Scholarship director. “It’s a time to go to church, it’s a time to meditate, it’s a time to have fun with people that you would never have had any contact with in your life.”
Perhaps you’ve seen the houses on the red brick walk replete with huge white banners: “CELEBRATING 93 YEARS: THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF THE KING’S DAUGHTERS AND SONS!” and wondered what an international order was or why it necessitates three houses and a chapel on the grounds.