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' The Irrepressibles '

Class of 1884

' Light Life Love '

Class of 1901

' This World is Ours to Shape '

Class of 1984

' Expanding Traditions '

Class of 2011

' Continuum '

Class of 1989

' Builders for Tomorrow '

Class of 1943

' Veni Vidi Vici '

Class of 1897

' Respect Reflect Renew '

Class of 1897

' Citizens of the World '

Class of 1947
The Alumni Association of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle was founded in 1882 as the Society of the Hall in the Grove to encourage graduates to pursue lifelong learning by offering several postgraduate degrees, beginning with the Guild of the Seven Seals, while celebrating class spirit and individuality. Dedicated to preserving the mission and traditions of our hallowed society, among them knowledge, curiosity and constancy, time-tested through decades of service and still pertinent today.


Alumni Hall


We now have the power to record and keep personal CLSC reading lists online! To sign up, click here.

Historic Banners Catalogue

Dynamic mother/daughter duo Becky (2000) and Helen (2015) have been photographing our inestimable banner collection, which dates back to 1874. See them here.

Pay Your Dues

If you haven't ante'd up for this year, get out your checkbook! The 2017 dues form is here ~ why not just save time and become a life member today?

From the President's Desk

“Even with all the developments within the electronic world, people still love to read good books ..”


Classes volunteer projects enable them to discover the work of the Alumni Association .. see what you can do today!

Buy a Brick

To date, over 380 bricks grace the front walkway of the historic Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Get yours here!

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Recognition Day! 8 August, 2018









To graduate from the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle requires reading 12 selections and meeting CLSC membership requirements. Currently, member registration is done at the Veranda, located on the Brick Walk between Bestor Plaza and the Ampitheater.

The Guild of the Seven Seals advances graduates at the following levels: Seven Seals, Parnassian, Olympian, & Centurion. To receive an advance degree requires registration at the CLSC veranda, between the Amphitheater and Bestor Plaza on the Brick Walk.

Before the Book of the Month Club and Oprah’s Book Club, before educational television and the Internet, there was the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC). Designed to give busy adults in small town America an expanded outlook on life, this correspondence course evolved into a required reading program, which celebrates graduates on Recognition Day with all the pomp and circumstance of a college graduation.

Since 1882, the CLSC has 250,000 graduates all around the globe, including luminaries such as Thomas Edison, Ida Tarbell, and Elbert Hubbard. In 2018, the CLSC will celebrate its 140th anniversary, coinciding with the publication of the organization’s first concise history, compiled by Mary Lee Talbot(1974).

Grab yours at Alumni Hall today (and buy an extra for your local library while you’re at it!)


We still need your help to publish Chautauqua's Heart; supporters at Bronze ($500), Silver ($1,000) and Gold ($3,000+) levels will be honored on an honor roll plaque inside Alumni Hall.

2017 CLSC Book Picks Are At the Bookstore!

2017 Titles Full CLSC Booklist