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(Education) (in the US, formerly) a summer school or educational meeting held in the summer
[C19: named after Chautauqua, a lake in New York near which such a school was first held]


(ʃəˈtɔ kwə, tʃə-)

1. Lake, a lake in SW New York. 18 mi. (29 km) long.
2. a village on this lake: summer educational center.
3. the annual summer meetings of this center, with public lectures, concerts, etc.
4. (usu. l.c.) a similar assembly elsewhere.


 an educational assembly modelled on that at Lake Chautauqua, 1874.
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In 1921 and 1922 Poole lectured on the Swarthmore Chautauqua Circuit in Pennsylvania (Figure 3).
Once there, he began a successful career on the Chautauqua circuit and pursued his political goals.
The push moved them through the Chautauqua circuit to a radio station in Iowa and finally to KMOX in St.
This book does a masterful job of examining Bryan as an orator (not only the key to his political career, but also his primary source of income from 1896 on), and Kazin makes it clear Bwan's leadership of his movement was sustained by his constant speaking tours, especially in conjunction with that great phenomenon of the preradio 20th century, the Chautauqua circuit.
Experiences Representing Mary Austin on the Chautauqua Circuit.
The grant will allow the UI Libraries to convert the talent portion of the collection, which consists of 9,600 printed publicity brochures, promotional advertisements, and flyers for some 7,600 performers who were on the Chautauqua circuit.
Often, his colleagues' and competitors' assessments of the same material felt as if they were telegraphed in from a chautauqua circuit where culture was a placebo, not a goad.
1907-1913); Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell, an inspirational classic first delivered as a lecture in 1861 but polished through use on the Chautauqua circuit (over 6000 times); The Critical Period of American History, 1783-1789 by John Fiske, who was now turning from evolution to history; The History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages by Henry C.
Born in Maine, Conwell followed many pursuits before he became minister of a church in Lexington, Massachusetts, and then one of the most celebrated lecturers in the country, first on the Redpath, later on the Chautauqua circuit.
A compelling example of this struggle is white upper-class women's participation in the blackface minstrel tradition through their impersonations of "mammy" on the Chautauqua circuit (which prefigures the actors Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll's hit radio show Amos 'n' Andy, which premiered in 1928, not noted by McElya).
A clergyman, author of at least 17 books with religious themes, lecturer on the Redpath and Chautauqua circuits, well known radio evangelist ("the Shepherd of the Air") on NBC, friend and neighbor to all," according to Dr.
Recollections of the lyceum and chautauqua circuits.