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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.


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.

Recognition Day 2018








Oh, dear! You missed Chautauqua’s Heart: A History of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle? They were all sold out, you say?
Never fear! A second printing has arrived and will be available in Alumni Hall, the Veranda and the Bookstore. If you are in a hurry, please visit the Bookstore or order a copy online now.
This history, commissioned by the CLSC Alumni Association and authored by Chautauquan Mary Lee Talbot, is the first compilation of all of CLSC, from the ideas of John Vincent and Lewis Miller through to last year. The organization, key to Chautauqua’s strength through the years, has a variety of summer activities, some of which may be surprising to many!
Beginning with a forward by Jeffrey Simpson, lifelong Chautauquan and author of Chautauqua, an American Utopia, the book is easy to read either from front-to-back or by sections of particular interest. Images, both in color and black and white, include all banners through 2017 with important facts: flowers, mottoes and class chants. A complete book list through 2015 and Recognition Day speakers through the years add to the reference value of the book. Don’t miss it!

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.

Alumni Hall


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

Let's Make a Date

Don't miss a thing: the link to this season's calendar is 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

Haven't payed this year? Ante up! Our form is here ~ or just save time and become a life member today.