What is Chautauqua?
New Piasa Chautauqua has existed on the banks of the Mississippi for more than 130 years. It has been a source of recreation, education and community for countless families, some of which describe Chautauqua as a summer camp for families.
Our summer season includes activities for all ages and our nearly all volunteer staff works to maintain a strong community and spirit of Chautauqua so that new generations will be able to experience its uniqueness.
We welcome you and encourages you to contact and visit us virtually or in person by following the links in the menu above.
Nightfall settles onto the valley like a cool blanket after the heat of the day. Lightning bugs blink just before the street lights ignite, and as the tree frogs and cicadas begin their symphony, you forget that you are here with a few hundred other passengers drifting timelessly. "Who cooks for you," "whip poor will," "bob white" follow as you wander looking for a light in your buddy's cottage to catch up on the same thing you did when you were nine, and life is momentarily as simple and serene as it was then.
Chautauquas were a post-Civil war social experiment to bring people to a threshold of a utopia where only learning, loving, and belonging held groups together. Chautauqua is not a place, it is a way of relating, a group of differentiated people rowing in a common direction. New Piasa Chautauqua keeps this transcendent tradition alive and welcomes you to join us. Visit, rent, or eventually join we encourage you to learn more.
At one time Chautauquas existed over of much the the western United States. Check out these links: