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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
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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