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Remembering the Lodge: Chautauqua’s own hospital, 1912–1922

Remembering the Lodge: Chautauqua’s own hospital, 1912–1922

This week, 21st-century Chautauquans explore “Health Care: Reform and Innovation.” Health concerns were also very much on the minds of Chautauquans near the end of the 19th century. Today’s discussion is one of a complex, sophisticated health care system; in the 19th century, it was a discussion of water purification and sewage systems. Today, it’s asking how to organize an effective, affordable health care system; in the 19th century, it was asking how to eliminate contagious disease and treat Chautauquans who may be far from home.

Women’s suffrage: A long successful struggle never to be forgotten

Women’s suffrage: A long successful struggle never to be forgotten

For many American citizens, the occasion to vote is as casual as going fishing, something to do on Tuesdays, if the mood and the weather are right. For women, the mood and weather have been the smallest obstacles. The journey of women’s suffrage was long and difficult and was met with unbelievable adversity. This adversity was addressed with remarkable grit and determination, and Chautauqua Institution and Chautauqua County contributed to its eventual acceptance.

Masich’s Heritage Lecture to feature Minié ball, other Civil War narratives

Masich’s Heritage Lecture to feature Minié ball, other Civil War narratives

History began for Andrew Masich when he found a Minié ball in the attic of his grandmother’s house at Chautauqua Institution. He was 10 years old. Masich turned that initial curiosity into a career — he is now president and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

He’s maintained his interest in Minié balls and other Civil War narratives and will bring that knowledge to the Institution at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. The title of his presentation is “Gettysburg and Pennsylvania’s Civil War.”