This week, 21st-century Chautauquans explore “Health Care: Reform and Innovation.” Health concerns were also very much on the minds of Chautauquans near the end of the 19th century. Today’s discussion is one of a complex, sophisticated health care system; in the 19th century, it was a discussion of water purification and sewage systems. Today, it’s asking how to organize an effective, affordable health care system; in the 19th century, it was asking how to eliminate contagious disease and treat Chautauquans who may be far from home.Read more
Chautauquan Nancy Richards is a woman of many facets: minister’s wife, mother, former president of the United Methodist House and accomplished stained glass artist.
Conversations with her reveal a woman of character, wit, intelligence, directness and profound Christian faith. Her life and art are linked, each reflecting the other — a biography in glass. [w/ SLIDESHOW]Read more
The spare, white board and batten Methodist Chapel — or the Old Chapel as it quickly came to be called — is gone. Even in its heyday it was a modest structure. One of only two Chapel Park buildings marked on the 1877 Map of Grounds of the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, the chapel’s only decorations were the scalloped edging along its eaves and the slender gothic style windows.Read more
Last summer, Chautauquan Mary Khosh planned the annual group art project for her 10 visiting grandchildren. They would illustrate the poems, rhymes and limericks that their great-grandmother Mattie Paul Sivert — Khosh’s mother — wrote many years ago. Their illustrations would be incorporated into a publication, a sort of conversation across generations and a way of preserving family history. The 10 children, ranging in age from 3 to 20, would meet their great-grandmother’s wit and humor for the first time; their illustrations would be their understanding of those traits.Read more
Let’s be candid. How Chautauqua Institution will lasso “The American West,” the theme for 2014’s Week Five, is, from the vantage of this season’s fifth week, a work in progress. But this sprawling theme — which will pursue the nation’s artistic, cultural, political and economic gains from Westward expansion — presents many possibilities.Read more
On Aug. 5, 1887, a group of Chautauquan Methodists, including Chautauqua co-founders Lewis Miller and Bishop John Heyl Vincent, met to discuss the feasibility of building a house to serve as the Assembly’s Methodist Episcopal Headquarters. If there was any debate, it was brief. Miller and Vincent each donated $100 to the cause. They urged others to contribute, on the spot — the fundraising tradition of the time. Money in hand, they bought the Allegheny College lot on Pratt Avenue. On Aug. 7, 1888, almost exactly a year later, they dedicated the Methodist Episcopal Headquarters.Read more
Usually it’s Chautauquan Daily reporters Mary Lee Talbot and Beverly Hazen who do the interviewing. On a warm June morning, the tables — or in this instance, the table — were turned. They drew up chairs around the round table on the Logan Hall porch for an interview and a description of their experiences authoring and editing ’100 Years of Beauty: A History of the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club’, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the BTG.Read more