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For eighth year, Archives to celebrate Chautauqua Giants

There are many giants at Chautauqua — not measured by physical stature, wealth, size of house or material possessions, but by the contributions they have made to the Chautauqua community. Now in its eighth year, a celebration of five Chautauqua Giants will commence at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. The presentation is part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series.

The event first occurred in 2006 as part of a week themed “Five Giants.” Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua archivist and historian, said that Tom Becker asked him to do a presentation on the “Giants of Chautauqua.” Schmitz, in turn, asked five people to choose five Chautauquans, “living or dead, famous or unknown, people they knew or never met, and to say a few words about why they believe they made a special contribution to Chautauqua.”

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Max Rohrbaugh | provided photoPoster for the American Red Cross blood drives during World War II.

History of blood transfusion teaches lessons about patient autonomy

Two speakers will address issues of human health at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ as part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series. Dr. Max Rohrbaugh, anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will speak about “Historical Perspectives on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Refusal of Blood Transfusion.” Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Institution archivist and historian, will sort out some of the comparisons people generally make between the Canadian and American health care systems.

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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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Courtesy of Chautauqua Institution ArchivesThe Chautauqua Amphitheater, circa 1959.

Chautauqua: Rumors of its decline have been greatly exaggerated

What goes up must come down, so goes the saying. But in matters as complex as human life or, say, Chautauqua Institution, it may be better described as rising and declining. In talking about the Institution, Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua archivist and historian, will add resurgence to his 3:30 p.m. lecture today in the Hall of Christ.

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In 1886 lecture, ‘Ben-Hur’ author speaks on Turkish people

On Aug. 7, 1886, General Lew Wallace of Indiana, author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ and U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire from 1881 to 1885, addressed a Chautauqua audience about “Turkey and the Turks.” The following is excerpted from his speech that day. —George Cooper

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Chautauqua, no matter what it means: Distinctively American

Jon Schmitz is not Chautauqua Institution’s archivist and historian for nothing. He looks among the many stones unturned and finds the source of history that, for many, has gone unnoticed. Sometimes he affirms what often was thought to be true — and sometimes he doesn’t.

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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.

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PROVIDED PHOTOAndrew Masich in full regalia, dressed for his 47-second appearance in the film “Gettysburg,” in which he gets killed on Little Round Top, following the actor Jeff Daniels in a charge.

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.”

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