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Daily Record: A beginning to enjoy at season’s end

In the summer of 1953, Chautauqua Institution was in its 80th year, prompting some reflection on its origin — a material representation of which was published in The Chautauquan Daily in two parts on July 7 and July 10, titled “Early Days of Chautauqua,” by Kate P. Bruch.

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Aging as a way of life: 1959 Chautauqua Amp lectures

The opening week of the 1959 Season took for its lecture theme “Aging With a Future.” Planned by Chautauqua Institution in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Special Staff on Aging, the program would include four 10:45 a.m. morning lectures, one evening Amphitheater lecture, a series of three separate workshops on gerontology and a concluding symposium that would preview the White House Conference on Aging.

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Modernization: A term for everything that is good

Page 5 of the July 4, 1957, issue of The Chautauquan Daily features a cartoon titled “The Changing Scene.” There are two panels, the first of which depicts a scene from 1907 — a family of six is about to sit down to dinner: a maw, a paw, one daughter and three sons. But the heat is unbearable, and a general air of disarray characterizes the scene.

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WATCH: The Pursuit of Happiness: A tale of two decades

The Chautauquan Daily introduced the 1957 Season as it does all seasons: with familiar optimism and joy. W. Walter Braham, Chautauqua Institution president at the time, and Ralph McCallister, the vice president in charge of program and education at the Institution, outlined why they anticipated a “Summer Assembly Of ‘Extraordinary Success.’ ” There would be a full religious program and a gala event heralding the art association’s opening.

“Dr. Kershaw, Of TV Fame, Speaks Today,” a front-page headline announced. The article went on to explain that A.L. Kershaw was an Episcopal minister “who attained national prominence on the $64,000 Question TV program” and “will return to the Chautauqua platform today at 10:45 A.M. when he inaugurates the morning lecture series in the Amphitheater.” [CLICK "READ MORE" BELOW OR THE HEADLINE ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO]

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WATCH: A summer full of news, all in one sitting

To read The Chautauquan Daily in July 1956, a little bit here, a little bit there, might unfold something like this: “Last month was the wettest June since 1951, according to City Weather Bureau reports. A total of 4.44 inches of rain fell.” [CLICK "READ MORE" BELOW OR THE HEADLINE ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO]

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WATCH: To conserve is the root of conservative

In spite of a Syracuse University program that offered summer-school courses for college credit; a bevy of Amphitheater speakers who examined issues such as the United Nations and the Korean War; a new ballet program; and the sound of New Orleans Jazz, 1950s Chautauqua was, in writer Jeffrey Simpson’s words, a time “when complacency and conservatism were the order of the day, and Chautauqua, in its life on the Grounds, was in an especially conservative mode.” [CLICK "READ MORE" BELOW OR THE HEADLINE ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO]

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WATCH: Perspectives on and of 1950s youth: the Lost Generation

William F. Clinger served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1962. He was elected in 1979 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 1997. He was appointed to the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees in 1997. But before all that, Clinger was a student at Johns Hopkins University and a reporter for The Chautauquan Daily. [CLICK "READ MORE" BELOW OR THE HEADLINE ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO]

As a young reporter, Clinger investigated and publicized young people’s points of view. The Daily’s Aug. 3, 1950, issue contains an article with Clinger’s byline, titled “Increased Number Call Institution ‘Home’ During Summer Months.”

The article began, “Chautauqua’s population has seen a startling increase in the number of teen-age and college students who call Chautauqua ‘home’ during the summer.”

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WATCH: Chautauquan Daily Circa 1950

George Cooper introduces a video series in which he will discuss The Chautauquan Daily of the 1950s. [CLICK "READ MORE" BELOW OR THE HEADLINE ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO]

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