Lakeside Chautauqua to Host 29th Annual Chautauqua Network Annual Meeting

Posted on January 12, 2012

In the 19th and 20th centuries, "Chautauqua" was an educational and cultural movement that built communities and supported individuals in the development of their full potential spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically. The concept spread throughout rural North America as hundreds of Chautauqua communities were established. However, by the mid-1920s the movement began to recede due to the rise of the automobile, radio and access to education. Only a handful of these communities survived the decline.

Today, there are 14 Chautauqua communities across North America, and the demand for authentic cultural experiences and continued learning opportunities is on the rise. This demand sparked the establishment of the Chautauqua Network, a group of organizations and individuals committed to promoting the Chautauqua concept.     Lakeside will welcome representatives from each community for the Chautauqua Network Annual Meeting on July 21-24, 2012. To kick off the weekend, legendary 1970s band, America, will entertain audiences in Hoover Auditorium. On Sunday, the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society and the Plein Air Art Festival will take place on the lakefront. Finally, Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent, Steve Hartman, will close Monday evening as he shares his experiences with the "Chautauqua on Lake Erie."

In between all of the fun and entertainment, members of the Chautauqua Network will gather to share best practices, provide updates on each community, discuss new developments and identify ways to further promote the Chautauqua Trail. All are invited to become a member of the Chautauqua Network and register for the 2012 Chautauqua Network Annual Meeting.

In 2011, the Chautauqua Trail website was launched to connect, inform and educate others about the renaissance of the Chautauqua concept. The website allows guests to learn the history of the North American Chautauqua Movement, read the latest news, and use an interactive trail map to identify and link to other Chautauqua communities. You are invited to visit to navigate the trail.