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Posts tagged Chautauqua

July 8, 2013

 

early 20th century photo of people under and next to white awnings at an outdoor gathering

Remembering The Show On The Road

At the turn of the last century, traveling chautauquas brought rural and small town residents cultural entertainment with a religious component.

May 14, 2007

 

Winona Lake

The turn-of-the-century phenomenon known as Chautauqua was uniquely American in its blend of religion and entertainment, politics and culture, and the bucolic enjoyment provided by the booming railroad industry. The Winona Lake Chautauqua was no exception.

April 23, 2007

 

Island Park Assembly

President Theodore Roosevelt called it “the most American thing in America.” With its passing, it’s been said, “the American middle class in the interior lost something valuable.” The Chautauqua movement brought religion, politics, culture and entertainment to small towns and rural outposts across the United States from the 1870s through the 1920s.

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