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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 1893 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.





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.


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!

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Recognition Day! 2 August, 2017









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.

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.

2017 CLSC Book Picks Are At the Bookstore!

2017 Titles Full CLSC Booklist