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Photo by Greg Funka.

Archivist Schmitz leads BTG Brown Bag on the aesthetics of Chautauqua

Looking ahead to the House Tour on July 17, Chautauqua Institution Archivist Jon Schmitz will conduct the Bird, Tree & Garden Club’s Brown Bag lecture at 12:15 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall.

“We thought we’d try something different; not the same kind of review as we’ve done for years,” BTG President Norman Karp said. “It is an exciting change to have Jon looking at Chautauqua in a different way.”

Schmitz’s topic, “Planning for Continuity: Chautauqua Past, Present and Future,” will give an overview of the planning that takes place with respect to the buildings and grounds in an effort to incorporate change in continuity. The talk will try to demonstrate how the buildings and grounds have helped preserve the community and the programs at Chautauqua.

“As a place, Chautauqua is recognized by understanding its identity, which can only be understood by understanding something about its history,” Schmitz said.

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Bird, Tree & Garden Club President Norman Karp speaks at Children’s School. Photo by Greg Funka.

Thanks in part to BTG, Children’s School Sensory Garden fosters students’ love of nature

The Children’s School now has a Sensory Garden for the children, thanks, in part, to contributions by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club.

“When the committee from BTG met with the staff of the Children’s School, along with Jack Voelker (director of recreation and youth Services), and Ryan Kiblin (supervisor of gardens and landscaping), the excitement of that staff was contagious,” BTG President Norman Karp said. “They felt the Sensory Garden would be a tremendous teaching tool that would also be a lot of fun for the kids. The BTG is happy to fund this project and create a long-term improvement to the school and the grounds.”

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