EACH CLASS HAS ITS OWN IDENTITY

…unique to its time in history

An integral part of the CLSC tradition, Class banners allow each year’s class to identify their purpose and strengths. From the original 1882 banner founding the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle to 1967’s “A Bell Never Rings by Itself,” to 1989’s simple “Continuum,” these banners capture the essence each class brings to the CLSC. They also give interesting insight into the culture of the time in which they were crafted, from the sumptuous, elegant embroidery of the early banners to the bohemian “Love Others Serve God” of 1970, to the ’80s renaissance of quilting, to 2015’s ‘Transforming Traditions,” utilizing computer-aided design. They reflect historical movements, such as “World Brotherhood” classes of 1944 and 1945, “Liberty” in 1933 and “Action Not Words,” class of 1972. Some classes, in addition to a motto and a flower, choose an honoree, such as the Vincent class of 1883, the John Ciardi class of 1987, and the Lincoln Class of 1942. A few of them even feature the distinct work of beloved local artist Maritza Morgan; but all of them are works of art and bits of history.

There is a dedicated group of men and women who take responsibility for banner care, display, and Graduation Day Parade. As a CLSC Alumni you are able to join the committee, led by Charlotte Crittendon, a good way to lend a helping hand and learn about banner care, following the advice of our textile conservator, in the hall as well as the archives.

 

 

Historic Banners 1886-1994
Historic Banners 1895-1908
1908-1920
1921-1934
1935-1949
1950-1965
1966-1979
1980-1994
1995-2009
2010-1015
Alumni Association Banners
CLSC Banner Reproductions

2021 SEASON UPDATE

Due to ongoing community health concerns, some programming for the 2021 season has been cancelled or moved to a virtual setting.  Other programming may be permitted to take place on the Grounds this summer.  Stay tuned to this page and www.chq.org for more information.