When Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874, it became enshrined in principles of education and self-improvement. Its founders were nine years out of the Civil War and immersed in the turbulence of Reconstruction, abolition and political unrest — but instead of using their leisure time to relax, the forefathers of Chautauqua decided to form a vacation community that nurtured intellectual stimulation.
At 4:15 p.m. today in the Garden Room of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall, young readers will be joined by Brian Castner, the Week Eight prose writer-in-residence for the Writers’ Center and author of the 2013 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection The Long Walk.
While the bulk of the content at the Chautauqua Corporation annual meeting centered around the president’s report, the first item of business was presenting Hugh Butler as the Chautauqua Property Owners Association’s nominee for the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees.
For 10-year-old Há, Saigon, Vietnam, has always been home. Like any young girl, she loves spending time with her friends and celebrating age-old traditions. Há especially loves the papaya tree in her yard that bears the sweetest fruit she’s ever known.
The old saying that children should be seen and not heard will be blown to smithereens this week by the poignant tales of two teens. Week Five’s CLSC Young Readers selections Esperanza Rising and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian feature protagonists who face heartbreak and hardships with resilience and determination.
Before the 3-year-old members of Children’s School marched out to perform traditional folk songs for their parents, they sat restlessly listening to a story read by their counselor.
Last Wednesday, the NOW Generation hosted a reception at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The event served as a platform for Chautauqua leaders, members of the NOW Gen Advisory Council and other NOW Gen members to gather and discuss upcoming events and efforts made on behalf of the group
A group of roughly 25 parents, grandparents and friends of youth gathered Wednesday morning to engage in conversation with Institution leaders concerning children’s experiences in Chautauqua.
In his book Chautauqua: A Center for Education, Religion and Arts in America, author Theodore Morrison presents a photo of the original 1876 staff of the Chautauqua Assembly Daily Herald. Among those seated in front of a building marked “Editorial Rooms – Assembly Herald” is the publication’s founder and editor, Theodore Flood.
The caption reads, “Anyone consulting the bound volumes of the Assembly Herald may well wonder how so much thoroughness and order emerged from these editorial quarters.”
Much has changed about Chautauqua’s newspaper in the 136 years it has been published — name, office, staff size and average age, tone, content and technology — but its mission has remained the same.
“There is just something about Chautauqua at 6 a.m. that cannot be described,” said Mac McShane, 16-year-old circulation manager of The Chautauquan Daily. “My route is my way to relax. It’s just me, the cool morning air, and a list of houses.”
The kid everyone calls Mac spends his summers working at the Daily, along with waiting tables at Intermezzo at Chautauqua.
En route, he delivers the paper on his scooter to people all throughout the grounds, including to Institution President Tom Becker.