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Courtesy of the chautauqua institution archivesAlbert Stoessel with orchestra, 1920, in the Amphitheater.

Chautauqua Sacred Music: A presentation of five figures

The sound of an organ harmonizing with human voices has always been an integral part of the Chautauqua experience. Clergy, choir directors and choir members who visited the Institution enjoyed singing hymns in a new environment with new accompaniment and often with new music.

Jared Jacobsen, organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music, and Marlie Bendiksen, research assistant at the Oliver Archives, have documented the history of sacred music at the Institution from a number of perspectives and have presented their findings in recent years, inviting the audience to sing along.

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Grant, a strong and gentle man who enjoyed novels

The experiment at Fair Point did not happen without help. John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller knew people — they had earned attention.

For example, Vincent knew Ulysses S. Grant, a general, a parishioner, a president. And through Vincent’s arrangement, Grant came to Chautauqua in 1875 while he was president. His visit earned attention for the fledgling Institution and could be credited with much of the Institution’s early success.

To speak of Grant, his early association with Vincent and Chautauqua, and to share his early findings as he researches and writes a book about Grant, Ronald White will give a talk titled “Grant at West Point: ‘Much of the time, I’m sorry to say, was devoted to novels.’ ”

As part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, White will speak today at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Christ. White is an award winning author — his most recent book, A. Lincoln: A Biography, was published in 2009 and is a New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

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To believe or not to believe: Schmitz discusses Chautauqua and atheism

To believe. To have faith. It can be difficult.

H.L. Mencken said “Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”

St. Francis of Assisi said, “Where there is hatred let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.”

So much for the gray area: Now consider atheists.

To put a historical perspective on the enigma of belief, Jon Schmitz, archivist and historian for Chautauqua, will present “Atheism at Chautauqua” at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

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Roots of Chautauqua: radical to see and to understand

It takes one to know one; that is truism. To see, one must understand; to understand, one must see: that is truth. Or is it French? Or is it radical?

“Too often, ‘radical’ has been taken to be someone who is left-wing or using extreme means to accomplish reform,” said Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua archivist and historian. “But it really means someone going to the root of the matter to solve a problem.”

Schmitz will present “Four Radicals at Chautauqua: Fr. Edward McGlynn on the Single Tax, Arabella B. Buckley on Modernism in Religion, John Dewey on Education, Arnold Schoenberg and Serialism.”

Part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, the presentation is at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

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As (un)common as a dollar bill: the Great Seal of the United States

It is as common as a dollar bill and sometimes as easy to take for granted.

It is the Great Seal of the United States.

Its history and symbols will be the subject of a talk by Priscilla R. Linn at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. The presentation is part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series.

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Titanic hasn’t sunk yet; people continue to dissect the old boat’s mysteries

An interest, a passion, an obsession — such is the subject of Titanic, the great, unsinkable ship that went down in April 1912, an occasion whose centennial is keeping enthusiasts busy this year, including the two who will speak at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

Longtime Chautauquan Steve Piper, whose interest has become his passion, will share his obsession, relating some history and some new findings about the ship and where it lies.

Journalism professor and writer Julie Hedgepeth Williams will discuss her recent book, A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival, which relates the tragedy though the eyes of her great-uncle Albert Caldwell, who, with his family, through grit and good fortune, was one of the few to survive the ordeal intact.

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A tomato canning club from Vigo County, Indiana. Photo courtesy Gary Moore.

Corn and tomatoes: An education for boys and girls… and more

Recognize the youngsters and accept that they know stuff. Such is the voice of progressive educator Gary Moore, professor at North Carolina State University and president of the Association for Career and Technical Education.

At 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, he will give a lecture titled “Suffer the Little Children: How Boys’ Corn Clubs and Girls’ Tomato Clubs Changed Rural America.”

And it really is all about kids, and learning and doing. The early 20th century was in many ways a dismal time for rural America. People were isolated. The work was difficult. There were few recreational activities — even as “leisure time” was something of a buzz phrase for urban, industrialized workers.

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Map of Chautauqua Lake from 1895. Image provided by Chautauqua Institution Archives.

The sponge is full, and other metaphors of Chautauqua Lake

Doug Conroe thinks about water. It is good company.

“Water is not a solitary soul,” he said.

Even on vacation, Conroe thinks about water.

“Water will do whatever it can not to be alone,” he said.

Regarding those thoughts, Conroe will say more at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

As part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, Conroe, director of operations at Chautauqua, will give one of the Archives’ three Preservation Talks, titled “Preservation Through Conservation: Managing Storm Water to Save the Lake.”

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