Chautauqua Heritage Lecture Series

Chautauqua Heritage Lecture Series

Presented by the Chautauqua Institution Archives, this series combines the research of Archives staff with notable historians and Chautauqua scholars in order to explore the rich history of the Institution and its effect on American culture.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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Chautauqua Heritage Lecture Series
  • The Lakeside of History

    A brief look at the history of Chautauqua Lake and its importance to the surrounding area.

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing art...

  • The Assembly Grounds, B.C. (Before Chautauqua)

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, May 27, 2021.

    Chautauqua Heritage Lecture Series - The Assembly Grounds, B.C. (Before Chautauqua), hosted by Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Archivist and Historian

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqu...

  • How Well Do You Know Your Chautauqua History?

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, April 22, 2021.

    Chautauqua Heritage Lecture Series - How Well Do You Know Your Chautauqua History?, hosted by Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Archivist and Historian

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauq...

  • Two Girls at Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, March 18, 2021.

    Hosted by Emalee Sanfilippo, Archives Assistant, who will tell the story of Ada Elizabeth Sisson and Lillian Hedrick - two girls from Nebraska whose 300-page journal, preserved in the archives, describes their 1895 Chautauqua experience...

  • A Few Black Americans You May Have Thought Came to Chautauqua (But Didn’t)

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

    A Few Black Americans You May Have Thought Came to Chautauqua (But Didn’t) and a Few You May Not Have Known Who Did

    Hosted by Emalee Sanfilippo, Archives Assistant

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a communit...

  • Amelia Earhart at Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 8 pm ET Thursday, January 21, 2021.

    Amelia Earhart at Chautauqua, hosted by Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Archivist and Historian who will discuss the two visits to Chautauqua made by the iconic aviatrix.

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on ...

  • Chautauqua Year-Round and Christmas at Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

    Hosted by Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Institution Archivist, and Emalee Sanfilippo, Archives Assistant

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state ...

  • Chautauqua Stories

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

    Jon Schmitz, Archivist and Historian for the Chautauqua Institution, presents three stories from Chautauqua's past.

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwester...

  • Theodore Miller: Chautauqua's Rough Rider

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 15, 2020.

    The story of how the family of Chautauqua's co-founder, Lewis Miller, was impacted by the Spanish War.

    Chautauqua Heritage Lecture Series - Fall Edition, Vol. 1: "Theodore Miller: Chautauqua's Rough Rider" hosted by Jon Schmitz.

    Ab...

  • 10 People Who Left Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Friday, August 28, 2020.

    Concluding the 2020 Heritage Lecture Series, Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua’s archivist and historian, and Emálee Krulish, assistant archivist, will showcase 10 people who came to Chautauqua and went on to do great things.

    This series is m...

  • Science and Religion (and Art) at Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, August 21, 2020.

    Jon Schmitz, Archivist and Historian for the Chautauqua Institution, discusses the relationship between science and religion on the Chautauqua platform, and how art pointed to a possible bridge.

    This series is made possible with a g...

  • Citizen Pageant

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, August 14, 2020.

    Jon Schmitz continues the series with a 1923 film of a pageant at Chautauqua.

    Week Seven’s Heritage Lecture Series focuses on a pageant performed by Chautauquans, which was created at the request of Anna Pennybaker, president of the...

  • The History of Toilette Paper

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, August 7, 2020.

    Gary Moore, North Carolina State University, a long-time presenter in the Heritage Lecture Series will discuss the evolution of toilette paper, as well as the history of other options.

    This series is made possible with a gift from Je...

  • Women Who Do Things: Women at Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July 31, 2020.

    Emalee Krulish tells the stories of important women throughout history who came to Chautauqua.

    Praised for being a loving friend of women's suffrage in the years leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Chautauqua hosted...

  • Before Suffrage

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July 24, 2020.

    CHQ Heritage Lecture: Rick Swegan - Before Suffrage : The quiet revolution for women's rights (Seneca Falls).

    Rick Swegan, a long-time Chautauquan with family ties to the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, will present on the beginnings...

  • Marketing Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July 17, 2020.

    Jon Schmitz introduces a 1923 film produced to attract new visitors of Chautauqua.

    John Schmitz is an archivist and historian for Chautauqua. The 1923 film provides a wonderful documentation of the Chautauqua ground and programs at ...

  • Traditions at Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 PM EDT Friday, July 10, 2020.

    Jon Schmitz looks at the origins and meaning of some traditions that have emerged over the years.

    Schmitz has served as the archivist and historian for Chautauqua Institution since 2003.

    This series is made possible with a gift from ...

  • ChautauqWhat? - An Historical Overview of Chautauqua

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July 3, 2020.

    Jon Schmitz discusses the origins of Chautauqua, how its identity has evolved over the years and why it remains so important today.

    Schmitz is the archivist and historian for Chautauqua Institution.
    About Chautauqua Institution: Chau...