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.
The year 1892 marked four centuries since “a sailor, adventurous, studious, credulous, ambitious, eager, dreamed of another world hidden behind the mists of the Atlantic.” The Chautauqua Assembly Herald reported that the Rev. J.B. Young of Kansas City, Missouri, was speaking of Christopher Columbus.
In 1910, one farmer could feed himself and seven other people. One hundred years later, a farmer could feed himself and 154 other people.
In the opening July 22 issue of the 1891 season, the Chautauqua Assembly Herald ran an editorial that reported, “The ASSEMBLY HERALD is printed this morning on two steam presses in the new brick building on Bowman Avenue near the public road. The Herald has thus the second brick building at Chautauqua. These signs of permanence are gladly welcomed by all who are interested in the growth and prosperity of this, the parent Assembly and place of origin of the C.L.S.C.”
Of the many sources of uplift, satisfaction and peace at Chautauqua Institution are the denominational houses, which were started as home bases for identity groups and affordable lodging for people coming to Chautauqua for a short period of time.