Ask about Peg Snyder to those who know her, and one will hear ringing endorsements.
Recognition Day is a scene out of time. White-clad graduates march, music plays, flower petals drift through the air. Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent are even there.
With the first edition of the daily newspaper in the summer of 1906, the Chautauqua Press announced a change in name. For the first time, the paper would bear the name readers recognize today: The Chautauquan Daily.
If Recognition Day is like a Roman triumph, then Nancy Griewahn, 85, might just be its glorious general.
The Chautauqua Assembly Herald editorial for Aug. 18, 1897, announced it was to be a Red Letter Day in Chautauqua Institution’s calendar.
Brothers- and sisters-in-arms march under a vaulted arch as music plays and children throw flower petals. It may sound like a Roman triumph, but it’s actually more of a literary one — all part of the festivities for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle’s Recognition Day.
In August 1913, a first-class boat was on sale for $125, rooms for rent on Asbury Avenue started at four dollars per week and a single copy of The Chautauquan Daily cost five cents.
Ginger Haskell has waited 20 years to graduate with the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Class of 2013 — a century after her grandmother, Florence Earle Buek, graduated with the Class of 1913.
Haskell, a clinical psychologist with a master’s from Oxford University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama, is the president of the Class of 2013. The class members will be honored today as they receive their diplomas for fulfilling the requirements of the CLSC; all 178 members of the class have read at least 12 CLSC selections over the rough span of four years.
Photos by Adam Birkan.
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Boys’ and Girls’ Clubbers display Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle banners along the rear of the Amphitheater choir loft at the conclusion of Wednesday’s Recognition Day parade. The banners present are those of classes represented in the annual parade. Boys’ and Girls’ Club participation is a Recognition Day parade tradition, as is Children’s School students tossing flower petals along the route.
For 134 years, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has been an integral part of the Institution, and the 115 readers of the CLSC Class of 2012 will graduate and join the ranks of the historic book club’s alumni today.
“This is one of the binding events for Chautauquans,” said Jeff Miller, coordinator of CLSC activities. “Generations have done it, and each year, hundreds of people are added to the list of thousands and tens of thousands of graduates. As far as the service itself, we try and keep as many touches as we can to say it’s traditional.”