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Chautauqua's Heart Reading Challenge 2024

12/22/2023 10:16 pm

Chautauqua’s 150th Anniversary Special 2024

CLSC Alumni Reading Challenge


Chautauqua’s Heart

Open to all Chautauquans!


To celebrate this momentous year, we've curated a selection of books with ties to Chautauqua. If you read three books from this list, one of which is mandatory, you'll earn the special 150th commemorative pin. Graduates can proudly wear this pin on their stoles. The challenge kicks off on January 1, 2024, and concludes on December 31, 2024.


Our goal: To familiarize Chautauquans with our history across diverse eras and perspectives, and to commemorate our 150th anniversary.


Sign Up For this Challenge: Upon completion of the challenge, you can collect your pin by either visiting Alumni Hall or by signing up through our online form and communicating with us here.


You will find the complete list of books below.  If you are interested in the locations and availability of these titles, including e-books, please click the tab above labeled "Chautauqua's Heart Reading Challenge".  




Chautauqua’s Heart: A History of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle

by Mary Lee Talbot 2017 or 2023.



In addition, read any two of the following historical books:

*denotes a CLSC selection that can be used towards graduation or earning your next guild level


History of Chautauqua:

The Chautauqua Movement by John H. Vincent 1886

The Story of Chautauqua by Jesse L. Hurlbut 1921

*Chautauqua: An American Place by Rebecca Richmond 1943

The Chautauqua Movement: An Episode in the Continuing American Revolution by Joseph E. Gould  1961

Three Taps of the Gavel by Alfreda L. Irwin   1987

*Chautauqua: A Center for Education, Religion, and the Arts in America by Theodore Morrison   1974

*Chautauqua: An American Utopia by Jeffrey Simpson   1999

Chautauqua: Its Architecture and People by Pauline Fancher  1978

Invitation to Chautauqua by Rebecca Richmond 1953

I’ve Seen Chautauqua by Susan Bond 1946


Biography and Memoir:

Lewis Miller: A Biographical Essay by Ellwood Hendrick  1925, reprinted 1994

John Heyl Vincent: A Biographic Sketch by Leon H. Vincent   1925

Chautauqua Salute: A Memoir of the Bestor Years by Mary Francis Bestor Cram  1990

Chautauqua’s Hostess: Winnie of the Wensley by Wendy Lewellen    2012


Programs and Affiliated Organizations:

100 Years of Beauty: A History of the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club by Mary Lee Talbot  2013

Founding Women: Inspiration and Impact on Chautauqua and the Nation by Janet Northrup  2009


Poetry and Fiction:

Mosaic by Members of the Chautauqua Poetry Circles 1952

From the Bishop’s Garden by Chautauqua Poetry Circles 1948

Letter from Chautauqua by Marjorie Bertram Smith   1967

Nancy Hartshorn at Chautauqua by M.E. McPherson 1882

Four Girls at Chautauqua by Isabella “Pansy” Alden  1876

The Chautauqua Girls at Home by Isabella ‘Pansy” Alden  1877 

Four Mothers at Chautauqua by Isabella “Pansy” Alden  1913

*The Hall in the Grove by Isabella “Pansy” Alden  1882

Eighty Seven by Isabella “Pansy” Alden 1887

Ethel Morton at Chautauqua by Mabell S.C. Smith 1915



Thank you for taking on the challenge, and best of luck!


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