Chautauqua Institution

By Jonathan David Schmitz and William Flanders


Product Details

Price: $21.99  $19.79
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Published Date: June 20, 2011
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.53 X 0.28 X 9.24 inches | 0.68 pounds
ISBN: 9780738575124

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About the Author

Jonathan David Schmitz, institution archivist and historian, has a broad perspective on the influences that produced Chautauqua and how it has evolved. Coauthor William Flanders, who has worked most with the postcard collection, has had a lifelong interest in local history and especially that of Chautauqua Institution.


Title: History of Chautauqua Institution Told Through Postcards
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date: 6/20/2011

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History series is Chautauqua Institution from local authors Jonathan David Schmitz and William Flanders. The book boasts more than 200 vintage postcards and memories of days gone by.

The Chautauqua Institution was started in 1874 by the Normal Department of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a two-week program to instruct Sunday school teachers of all Protestant denominations. The program proved to be a popular combination of worship, education, and recreation and each year brought thousands of visitors to the beautiful shores of Chautauqua Lake.

As Chautauqua became a model of for lifelong learning and the good use of leisure time, hundreds of similar sites were built across the continent. The Chautauqua program included lectures, classes, symphony concerts, opera, theater, art, and recreations such as golf, tennis, swimming, and sailing. In time, the movement embraced all denominations and faiths. Today Chautauqua offers a vacation filled with many opportunities in a setting that could be from a century ago.

Postcards capture the flavor of life like neither a letter nor an email can. Postcards were the primary means of communication in the early 20th century, and these mementos now preserve glimpses of the past through vintage images and intimate messages. Each title in the Postcard History series reveals the way of life of the average American generations ago, offering postcard enthusiasts and curious minds a nostalgic treat.

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