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Smith offers insight into post-term lives of presidents

Smith offers insight into post-term lives of presidents

In the waning days of his presidency, a 70-year-old Dwight D. Eisenhower fled Washington with his wife, Mamie, to their farm in Gettysburg. He was facing the impending reality of life after the Oval Office, a time marked by uncertainty.

Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith offered a peek behind the curtain at those private lives during Thursday’s morning lecture, titled “Hail and Farewell: An Exclusive Trade Union.” Smith’s talk was the penultimate lecture for Week Nine, themed “The Presidents Club.”

“Ike faced the conundrum of a retirement for which there was no retirement policy,” Smith said. “To guide him, Eisenhower had only his own instincts and the often dispiriting examples of those who had gone before.”

Smith explores ‘exclusive trade union’ between early presidents

Smith explores ‘exclusive trade union’ between early presidents

If you asked Richard Norton Smith what his job is, he probably wouldn’t tell you that he is a presidential historian. Despite rightfully earning his title from years of work as a biographer, head of six presidential libraries and a scholar-in-residence of history, Smith’s passion has always been his love of history, not fulfilling titles.

Smith will take the lecture platform at 10:45 a.m. Thursday to fill in gaps on the Week Nine theme, “The Presidents Club.” His lecture, titled “Hail and Farewell: An Exclusive Trade Union,” will cover relationships between America’s early presidents, before Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy’s book begins with World War II-era presidents.

From the President: Column by Thomas M. Becker

From the President: Column by Thomas M. Becker

Welcome to the opening of the closing week in the 2012 Chautauqua Season.

Saturday evening and again Tuesday, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will assume the stage in the Amphitheater for their final performances of the season. Those will be the 20th and 21st concerts of their season’s artistic programming. They have been extraordinary in every way. They have played for 17 different conductors and with a wide variety of soloists and choirs. They have supported dance and opera and served as faculty for the School of Music. At the conclusion of Saturday’s performance, you are invited to the back porch of the Amphitheater to help recognize and celebrate the more than 40 years of service to the CSO by its principal cellist, Chaim Zemach. Chaim and his wife, Hildegard, have contributed greatly to the life of this community. I hope you will take the time to express your thanks to these lovely Chautauquans.

With ‘Presidents Club,’ Week Nine delves into nation’s highest office

With ‘Presidents Club,’ Week Nine delves into nation’s highest office

The position of United States president is one that only those who have occupied the Oval Office can understand, meaning current and former presidents share a bond that transcends political boundaries.

With both major political parties on the cusp of nominating their candidates for the most important job in the U.S., Chautauqua Institution offers a week of 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater lectures exploring the complexities and burdens of the presidency, and the relationships between those who have held it.

The week theme takes its title from the book The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, and attendees will hear from authors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, a pair of presidential historians and a pair of presidential daughters.