Posts Tagged 'Oliver Archives'

Five Giants Stand Tall — as do those who commemorate them

Five Giants Stand Tall — as do those who commemorate them

It has become something of a tradition, the Oliver Archives’ presentation of “Five More Giants of Chautauqua” at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. To be asked to select a giant, a person has to “get it,” said Jon Schmitz, Institution historian and archivist, referring to the panel of people who chose figures of Chautauqua history to honor.

Of course, there are many, many significant figures who have contributed to the founding, success and longevity of Chautauqua Institution — figures such as Arthur Bestor, Sam Hazlett, Ida Tarbell, Dan Bratton and more. This year, there will be five giants more.

A measure of leadership: The power of words

A measure of leadership: The power of words

It might be Ronald Reagan demanding the Soviets “Tear down this wall.” Or Martin Luther King Jr. proclaiming, “I have a dream.” Or Franklin Delano Roosevelt saying, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” In these cases, as in many more, Robert Bullock, of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, admires the power of words.

Archives  lecture to trace history of traditions

Archives lecture to trace history of traditions

Gladiolas, fireworks, Old First Night, Bryant Day — and there are more, some of them beginning even as we speak: traditions at Chautauqua. Jon Schmitz, archivist and historian at Chautauqua Institution, will ferret out the origins of Chautauqua traditions in a presentation at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ: “True Tales, Tall Tales, Trivia and Traditions of Chautauqua.”

Banners, postcards, mosaics, cartoons de rigueur at Archives

Banners, postcards, mosaics, cartoons de rigueur at Archives

The Chautauqua Oliver Archives Center can be a quiet place — all those dusty documents. But not today, when it hosts an absolute plethora of people and purposes: a banner tour with information on how those relics are restored and cared for; Jon Schmitz and Bill Flanders, signing and selling their book in the Postcard History Series: Chautauqua Institution; and Ed Harmon, signing and selling his most recent compilation of “Well, That’s Chautauqua,” cartoons, satires and spoofs of life on the grounds.

Hymn singing at Chautauqua: A dance between world wars

Hymn singing at Chautauqua: A dance between world wars

History comes in many voicings, and today at 3:30 p.m. in Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church, as part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, Jared Jacobsen, organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music, and Marlie Bendiksen, Archives research assistant, will do just that — provide history in voice and song. And they’ll add in something of a dance component, as the title of their presentation indicates: “The Dance That We Do: Hymns We Were Singing In 1931.”