Chautauqua Meetings started Chautauqua, NY as an adult education movement. They eventually spread across the US. The Chautauqua meetings would have teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and speakers of every kind. Though the movement would fade in the 1920s and 1930, the original in Chautauqua, NY is still going on and is very popular.
THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES
Thursday, July 6, 1916
Chautauqua Week in Honeoye Falls, with common consent, seemingly, has come to be looked upon, after one short years’ experience as a permanent institution in its Community life. It is quite desirable as well as commendable to our people that this is a fact as no other movement of recent years has accomplished so much for the educational uplift of the busy classes in middle life whose opportunities have been limited through circumstances than this.
The foresight of Dr. Vincent, the venerable founder of the summer assembly of which this latter movement is an offshoot, now seems prophetic, for through his humanity and energy has been developed an ideal which is surely moulding our national life.
When the opportunity of a local chapter was first pretested to Honeoye Falls it met with hearty response from “Chautauquans” several of whom being charter members of the earlier movement, rallied in the aid of the Redpath Bureau and with others to the number of fifty became the financial guarantors of the Chautauqua week that we are privileged to enjoy this week.
With a program of splendid features to open with a year ago it was a great relief for the local committee to sell up to the limit pledges for this season’s course before the first year’s program was completed. They had tasted the good things and were crying for more.
The school house grounds were secured for the erection of the big tent, and all was in readiness for the opening on Monday afternoon when Joe R. Hanley of Iowa, as the “official can opener,” made the opening address, a searching study of modern conditions, presented with keen, vivid, humorous and intensely patriotic nature of an Irishman. Lovett’s Highland Band and John B. Ratto were the evening entertainers..