Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua

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Chautauqua is perhaps best known for its morning lecture series when the Amphitheater stage becomes the platform for distinguished speakers across a broad range of disciplines. Susan B. Anthony argued for women’s suffrage in 1892, and Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his "I Hate War" speech in 1936. Margaret Mead, Amelia Earhart, Thurgood Marshall, Freeman Dyson, Jane Goodall, Sandra Day O’Connor and Kurt Vonnegut have all spoken here.

Founded in 1874 as a training camp for Sunday school teachers, the Institution’s Christian tradition continues with Sunday through Friday morning worship services. There are daily Roman Catholic Masses and Saturday morning Jewish services. The Abrahamic Program endeavors to teach about and build relationships among the Family of Abraham: Jews, Christians and Muslims.
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  • Ashland Guest House Julie at Ashland was so accommodating. I needed a place at the last minute and she made it easy. The house and room are pretty basic with old fashioned charm. I highly recommend.....  more
    Ashland Guest House Julie at Ashland was so accommodating. I needed a place at the last minute and she made it easy. The house and room are pretty basic with old fashioned charm. I highly recommend.....  more »
  • Came here on a Road Scholar trip not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find stimulating lectures and great entertainment. Most of my fellow campers were very friendly. It’s a 9... 
    Came here on a Road Scholar trip not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find stimulating lectures and great entertainment. Most of my fellow campers were very friendly. It’s a 9...  more »
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  • Arts commune? Educational complex? Entertainment festival? I’m not really sure that Chautauqua fits any one of these, as it is truly a little bit of everything. I hadn’t been to Chautauqua in over a decade and my latest trip was brief, but they have gotten more diverse and inclusive with both programs and attendees. There’s still room for improvement, and the grounds still have that late 19th century look and feel, but the new direction is a breath of fresh air.
  • Beautiful, well kept grounds. It's a joy to stroll around and "drink in" all the gorgeous flowers. We attended the Sunday evening sacred song service.

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