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Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

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Background — Chautauqua Institution

So I’ve been working on a lot of something that’s making me think about a summer place we’ve gone the past few years, the Chautauqua Institution.

I had not heard of this until Dennis brought it up a couple of years ago as a vacation possibility, and now I am hooked.  The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit education center and summer resort on 750 acres in Chautauqua, New York, right on Chautauqua Lake.  It was originally called the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly and was founded in 1874 as a teaching camp for Sunday school teachers, including religious study and classes in music, art, dance, writing and theater.  It quickly went beyond Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art, and physical education.

The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle started in 1878 as a self-study learning book club, and is the oldest continuously operating book club in America.  It also offered a four year correspondence course as “distance learning”, providing the skills and knowledge of  a college education to those who couldn’t afford the time or money to attend traditional college.  Interestingly, “besides broadening access to education, the CLSC program was intended to show people how best to use their leisure time and avoid the growing availability of idle pastimes, such as drinking, gambling, dancing and theater-going, that posed a threat both to good morals and to good health.” (  I find this funny, because nowadays there’s plenty of dancing and theater-going at Chautauqua.

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