The Miller Bell Tower presides over the lake as a Chautauqua icon and has done much in its singular way to represent and promote the Institution — just as did the man it memorializes. Dedicated on Aug. 1, 1911, the Tower will enjoy a 100-year anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. today at the water’s edge, at the tower’s base.
“I fell in love with Chautauqua’s Miller Bell Tower at the age of 5,” Carolyn Benton said.
Now in her 10th year as the bell tower’s chimemaster, Benton gushes enthusiastically about many things, but especially about Chautauqua’s most prominent symbol.
News flash! On Sunday, the Miller Bell Tower will be auctioned 100 times! W-H-O-A, not to worry. It’s not the red brick tower, whose bells awaken Chautauquans and welcome visitors every morning, but 100 Miller Bell Tower 12-inch models designed and decorated by 100 Chautauquans.