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Offline Alice, a Country Gal

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Chautauqua
« on: October 21, 2011, 10:47:14 PM »
I know, it's a rather strange word, but it is a word. If people in other lands, plus those here too young to have even heard of it, here's a link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chautauqua#Circuit_Chautauquas

I have a story in mind for the upcoming NaNo and Chautauqua and in the early 1900s, it was something people looked forward to having it visit their town.

The Chautauqua in my story will be one of the 'circuit' variety.

Despite having heard my Grandmother talk about visiting the traveling Chautauqua a few times and Mother told me of the one time she visited.
But Mother was very young when she saw one and I was a bit on the young side when the two of them told me of their experiences, so I don't remember as many of the details now as I wish I did.

So, I was wondering if anyone around here might have an elderly relative or friend who might have a few details to share? If so, I would be ever so grateful.

I've done a little research and intend to do more. But details shared by a person rather than a reference book often adds just the right amount of spice needed to turn a pot of soup into a full meal.

 
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Re: Chautauqua
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2011, 12:50:40 AM »
Dictionary.com

Chautauqua-
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3.  an annual educational meeting, originating in this village in 1874, providing public lectures, concerts, and dramatic performances during the summer months, usually in an outdoor setting.

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Then I found this as well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chautauqua_Institution


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Re: Chautauqua
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2011, 11:56:39 AM »
Thanks for the updated version of what Chautauqua is doing in today's world Skip. But it is the early 1900s version of the traveling tent Chautauqua that I'm most interested in.

What I do know is that they had troops that visited small towns across a large part of the US offering much the same type of teaching and entertainment mentioned in the article you found. They also did 'try-outs' to include some of the locals in their shows, thus increasing attendance at the shows.

Still, any information is welcome as the more I know about them, the better my foundation should be.   
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