CHAUTAUQUA

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A voluntary society formed in the early 2000's by Judy Hurd and others to preserve, collect, and document New Piasa Chautauqua's history.  Designated by the IRS as a tax-exempt educational and charitable organization it receives donations and raises money to support it's mission:

The mission and purpose of the Chautauqua Historical Society is the preservation and enhancement of the historic traditions and culture of New Piasa Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Illinois, the encouragement of historical research on the Chautauqua community and nearby historic districts, the publication of historical brochures, pamphlets, and other written material on New Piasa Chautauqua, remaining permanent assemblies and chautauquas in other parts of the United States and the national Chautauqua movement, and the establishment of an educational program to inform the Chautauqua community and the general public of the historical and educational value of New Piasa Chautauqua.

-Taken from their website The Western Chautauqua


President Jack Weyforth

Vice President-IT Cale Fisher

Treasurer Rick Ross

Membership  Bert Hampton

Event Planning Jenny Rausch

Publications  Melissa McCanna

ARC Director Rhea Winters

Tim Tomlinson Emeritus

Rose Tomlinson Emeritus

The Archival Research Center (ARC) at the Jersey Door in Kentucky Home will continue this season. The Center houses our Cottage Box Collection, with a box available for each cottage. Boxes contain whatever the current past owners would like to include as part of it's histtoy. The Center Is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings, 10 am to 12 pm and by appointment.

The Society  Activities include:

--Participation  at the Play School, where the children will learn about the first people in the valley, our Indian predecessors, and early Chautauquans, through stories and crafts.

--Hosting a weekly  "Coffee and Pastry" gathering every Wednesday morning on the Terrace at the Pink Geranium. 

-- Continuation of  Oral History project which records the history of Chautauquans rememberancs auditorily


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