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The Story of Chautauqua   By: (1843-1930)

The Story of Chautauqua by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut

The Story of Chautauqua by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut is a fascinating exploration of one of America's most cherished cultural and educational movements. Hurlbut delves into the rich history and evolution of Chautauqua, a unique and transformative experience that has inspired generations since its inception.

The book provides a comprehensive account of Chautauqua's origins in the late 19th century, tracing its roots back to the small town of Chautauqua, New York. Hurlbut skillfully takes readers on a journey, vividly portraying the idyllic setting and the visionary leaders who shaped this influential movement.

Through meticulous research and attention to detail, Hurlbut paints a vivid picture of how Chautauqua initially began as a summer retreat for Sunday school teachers. He delves into the emergence of lectures, concerts, and religious debates that soon attracted a diverse range of participants. As the movement grew, Chautauqua expanded beyond its rural origin and became a nationally recognized platform for intellectual and cultural exchange.

Hurlbut masterfully captures the essence of Chautauqua's heyday, highlighting the prominent speakers and performers who graced its stages. From Mark Twain to Susan B. Anthony, the book showcases the incredible talent and intellectual prowess that Chautauqua attracted. It also offers insights into the impact Chautauqua had on society by fostering critical thinking, expanding educational opportunities, and promoting social reform.

One of the book's most compelling aspects is Hurlbut's exploration of Chautauqua's ongoing relevance and adaptability. He delves into how the movement adjusted to the challenges of the changing times, including the advent of radio and television. Hurlbut demonstrates how Chautauqua's core values of lifelong learning and community engagement remain relevant in the 21st century.

Throughout the book, Hurlbut's passion for Chautauqua shines through. His enthusiasm is contagious, leaving readers with a deep appreciation for the movement's enduring legacy. Furthermore, Hurlbut's writing style is engaging and accessible, making The Story of Chautauqua a captivating read for both history enthusiasts and those seeking inspiration.

Overall, The Story of Chautauqua stands as a valuable historical documentation of a transformative movement that has left an indelible mark on American society. Hurlbut's meticulous research and compelling narrative make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the interplay between education, culture, and community. Whether one is familiar with Chautauqua or discovering it for the first time, this book offers a profound appreciation for the power of lifelong learning and the potential for positive social change.

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The Story of Chautauqua

[Illustration: Lewis Miller (1878)]

The Story of Chautauqua


Jesse Lyman Hurlbut, D.D.

Author of "The Story of the Bible," "Teacher Training Lessons for the Sunday School," etc.


With 50 Illustrations

G. P. Putnam's Sons New York and London The Knickerbocker Press 1921

Copyright, 1921 by Jesse L. Hurlbut

Printed in the United States of America

This book is dedicated to the honoured memory of the two Founders of Chautauqua

=Lewis Miller= and =John Heyl Vincent=



AN ancient writer I forget his name declared that in one of the city states of Greece there was the rule that when any citizen proposed a new law or the repeal of an old one, he should come to the popular assembly with a rope around his neck, and if his proposition failed of adoption, he was to be immediately hanged. It is said that amendments to the constitution of that state were rarely presented, and the people managed to live under a few time honored laws. It is possible that some such drastic treatment may yet be meted out to authors and perhaps to publishers as a last resort to check the flood of useless literature... Continue reading book >>

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