At 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, as part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, the Rev. Anna Howard Shaw and the Rev. James Monroe Buckley will bring to life “The Suffrage Debate at Chautauqua, 1892.”
To pick up The Chautauqua Assembly Herald on July 26, 1895, Chautauquans would read about themselves from the day before, awakened by a Chautauquan landlady calling her guests’ attention to the fact that breakfast in her house would begin promptly at 7 a.m.
Both were sportsmen and liked the challenge of a hunt. They were rugged individualists. Both men loved and promoted the West. And, yes, Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody knew one another. The public assumed a mutual friendship would be natural.
The idea began with William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech, where he speculated that if cities were taken down, they would reemerge; but if rural America were taken down, the cities would die. This speculation got Jeremy M. Johnston thinking, and he will share some of those thoughts at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.
Theodore Roosevelt: governor, Rough Rider, father, president and speaker at Chautauqua. At 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, Roosevelt will once again appear on a Chautauqua platform.
The Walk and Talk Man, unnamed other than by his Chautauqua Assembly Herald byline, walked the grounds and talked with residents and lecturers during the 1890s. He referred to himself in the third person.
Deborah Shea Doyle’s early life and career prepared her for foreign service, even though it wasn’t planned that way.
On July 25, 1893, an editorial in the Chautauqua Assembly Herald reported that the Institution would offer a number of economic lectures in that season, showing “how earnestly we are devoting ourselves to these questions.”
Among the many notable people who have walked Chautauqua’s grounds, Thomas Alva Edison might well have been the most influential person in America’s day-to-day life.
The Oliver Archives Center at the corner of South and Massey is, in a manner of speaking, Chautauqua Institution’s memory. Institution history, once collected and managed by Alfreda Irwin and June Miller-Spann, is now under the watch of Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua archivist and historian.