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EVENTS AT CHAUTAUQUA

As March rolls in, we are excited to share this month’s lineup of distinguished speakers and artists coming to the Chautauqua Community House. In our explorer series, hear from two world travelers, whose journeys have taken them through the Appalachians and into remote canyons, to the peninsula of the Antarctic and the coast of the Caspian Sea in Russia. For our film series, “Pioneers” will be screened to honor the extraordinary achievements of American women. Folk musical group Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds will light up the stage with their melodic and vibrant sound, while New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Swanson closes out the month with a discussion of her newest novel, “The Glass Forest.” With countless topics this month, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Read the full lineup below and purchase your tickets today. All events: Chautauqua Community House.

LODGING

Event night specials

With all of the fantastic events at the Community House this March, now is the perfect time to take advantage of special one night reservations. Retire after the show to one of our cozy cottages available in studio, one, two and three bedroom configurations, each with their own unique and historic charm. Use promo code CHLOD132 when booking Community House event nights. Click here to make reservations online now or contact lodging@chautauqua.com.

*Restrictions: Offer valid while supplies last.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Children’s Easter tea – March 31

Gather the kids and hop into the Chautauqua Dining Hall for an Easter Tea party! Meet the Easter Bunny, participate in fun craft projects, play in the dress up photo booth and enjoy afternoon tea service served on white linen with a tiered tray of sweet and savory treats. Easter egg hunt is weather permitting. Saturday, March 31 from 2-4 p.m. Price is $25 per person.* For reservations, call 303.440.3776.

*Space is limited! So please only 2 adults per child. Reservations with a credit card are required. All cancellations must be made one week in advance. This is a community seating event. If you would like to sit with another group please request when making the reservation.

COMMEMORATIVE BRICKS

Order deadline – March 15

The order deadline for the annual spring installation of commemorative bricks in the Centennial Garden is March 15. It’s a perfect way to celebrate a birthday or milestone or to honor a special friend or family member and contribute a piece of history to the Colorado Chautauqua. Bricks are engraved with your personal message and installed along a path in our beautiful Centennial Garden. To learn more, click here or call 303.952.1635.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Chautauqua Kindergarten/Montessori

At the end of the 19th century, training for teachers was becoming standardized. Education was beginning to be seen as a science, and the Chautauqua movement took the lead in continuing education for teachers. From its inception in 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua offered kindergarten classes and trained primary school teachers to teach them. Kindergarten activities included mountain tramps, games, burro rides, arts and crafts, pageants and story hours.

In 1912, following the death of Chautauqua photographer “Rocky Mountain” Joe Sturtevant, his Woodbine Studio was remodeled to house a Montessori School, almost certainly the first in the state. The May 1913 Chautauqua Bulletin announced that the school, for children aged 2 through 6years, would be directed by Miss Victoria Hazlitt of the University of Colorado School of Education. The “most modern thing in primary education,” would give the children “training along the most modern and scientific lines … developing the natural and desirable traits of child character.”

The school operated for only three years. In 1916 the building was razed and construction of the Community House began on the site.


Teachers kindergarten training class. Photo courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association.

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