The 1899 Chautauqua season lasted 60 days, the most since the Assembly’s beginning in 1874. It was the end of the 19th century. In an article titled “The New Chautauqua” John Heyl Vincent, Chautauqua co-founder, reflected on the first Assembly.
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.
At 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, Terry Foody will talk about “Infectious Disaster: The 1833 Cholera Epidemic with Implications for Our Global Health Today.” This lecture is part of the Oliver Archives Center Heritage Lecture Series.
Chautauqua offered a rich and diversified program during the summer of 1898.
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.”
In name and spirit, O.W., as he was known, will appear at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. David E. Chávez, composer of the opera, will discuss the research and writing of the opera, and along with members of the Loudoun Lyric Opera, will perform excerpts.
It was known that Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi ideologue and author of a book on racial theory titled The Myth of the Twentieth Century, kept a diary. But following his execution for crimes against humanity in 1946, the diary disappeared. The diary, its mystery, its importance and its discovery in 2013 are the subject of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.
The follow is excerpted from the Aug. 6, 1941 edition of The Chautauquan Daily.
It was shortly after a bloody battle near Gaines’ Mill, Virginia, in June 1862, when Oliver Willcox Norton settled with his Third Brigade alongside the James River. With 236 men lost to Confederate soldiers — along with Norton’s two best friends, Henry and Denison — the company slept with low spirits.