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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, the oldest continuous book club in America, was founded in 1893 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.

Did you know since 1882, Thomas Edison, Ida Tarbell, and Elbert Hubbard have walked through the gates to graduate from the CLSC? That at one point in TK over TK people across America received CLSC books via post?

Mary Lee Talbot has compiled a concise history of America’s Oldest Continuous Book Club. Reserve a copy here (and buy an extra for your local library while you’re at it!)

We still need your help to publish Honor Roll; supporters at Bronze ($500), Silver ($1,000) and Gold ($3,000+) levels will be honored on a plaque inside Alumni Hall.

President's Note

“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!

Alumni Hall

Second virtual auction in the works

Thanks to your bids, donations, & enthusiasm we raised more than $2,750 for student and teacher scholarships last summer. To support us in 2021 click here.

Seeking: Auction Items for 2022

Cleaned house in the off season? Donate your auction-worthy items (think: antiques, furniture, art, home goods, jewelry,, CHQ memorabilia) to benefit scholarships. We pick up! Email: or call: 716.357.2191 (Caroline Young) or 734.546.5955 (Pat McDonald).

Chautauqua's Heart

From Chautauquan Mary Lee Talbot comes the first complete history of CLSC. Back in stock and available at the  Bookstore. Or buy here and skip the lines.

Pay Your Dues

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

CLSC Online

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) Habenicht have been photographing our inestimable banner collection, which dates back to 1874. See them here.

Let's Make a Date

We cannot wait: the link to the 2021 season's calendar is here.


Classes ~ back to the first, graduating in 1882 ~ proclaim their individuality with mottos, monikers and banners, used annually in the Recognition Day parade. Not only cultural history, they are works of art. If you can’t visit in person, check them out online.

Class of 1900 CLSC banner

2017 CLSC Book Picks Are At the Bookstore!

2017 Titles Full CLSC Booklist