Women have been influencing Chautauqua Institution’s development since it was founded in 1874.
Forming a Woman’s Club was not unique to Chautauqua. In the last two decades of the 19th century, these clubs were being created across the country.
At 9 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist House, Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Institution archivist and historian since 2002, will present for the Men’s Club on the challenges of preserving Chautauqua’s history.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Local historian Norman Carlson said an incident like this serves as a snapshot. Carlson was referring to the first unsolved murder in Chautauqua County, which he will speak about at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.
Sometime in the next months, the 16 gray coffin-like archival boxes holding the Miller Family Papers will leave the Oliver Archives Center in Chautauqua, N.Y., and journey to Rutgers University, N.J., to become part of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers.
A note of clarification is required. The Miller Family Papers are the collected correspondence, diaries and memorabilia of the family of Lewis Miller, one of Chautauqua Institution’s founders. The papers include the letters of Mina Miller Edison, the second wife of Thomas Edison. The Thomas A. Edison Papers Project is a research center based at Rutgers University, and it is described as “one of the most ambitious editing projects ever undertaken by an American university.”
Did you know that three days before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln had a dream about his death?
Or that Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln was present at four presidential assassinations?
Those interesting tidbits and more are in the ninth and final book for this season’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle’s Young Readers Program. Award-winning documentarian and historian Rick Beyer’s The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told is filled with facts that will prove valuable in your next trivial pursuit.