Chautauqua Institution

There is no place in the world quite like Chautauqua Institution, a unique and charming Victorian village designated as a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic District. The Institution's roots began in 1874 when Lewis Miller, a businessman, and John Heyl Vincent, a Methodist minister, came to the shores of Chautauqua Lake seeking to enhance religious study and reflection through education. Their experiment led to the "Chautauqua Movement" which spread to rural communities throughout the country during the early 20th Century via traveling tent chautauquas and distance learning courses. The Chautauqua experience continues today as an extraordinary blend of Arts, Education, Religion, and Recreation.