These activities occur during the New Piasa Chautauqua season.

(Our current activities may be adjusted due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.  Check the weekly Channels for updates.)

Archival Research Center

The Archival Research Center (ARC) is a service of the Historical Society. The heritage of Chautauqua is the foundation and center for all that is the Chautauqua experience. The ARC has the technology and resources to help connect with the community’s rich past and each family’s part in it.

Visit this season’s exhibit on Postcards from the Past, add to your leasehold’s Cottage Box, and review the growing collection of Notebooks about Chautauqua history and the people who made it.

ARC Hours: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, 10:00 AM to Noon, or by appointment with Rose Tomlinson, ARC Director. The ARC intern is on site daily, except Sundays.

Jersey Joe’s

Every Wednesday and Friday morning, from 10:00 AM to Noon, CHS and Bert Hampton host a casual gathering featuring coffee, sweets, and delightful conversation. They can be found on the side porch of the Kentucky Home (on 5th Street).

Flag Raising Ceremonies

Chautauquans honor the sacrifices made by our military veterans during flag raising ceremonies throughout the season. These military funeral flag exchange ceremonies are sponsored by the Chautauqua Historical Society and conducted by the Chautauqua Veterans Flag Detail, headed by Chuck Bryant. Veterans in the Flag Detail include Scott Adams, John Bick, Melanie Bick, Matthew Bonzon, Chuck Bryant, Don Bryant, Larry Colbert, Gary Crane, Dan Drescher, Bob Edmunds, Cheryl Gerber, Tom Hagemann, Dave Hagin, Bert Hampton, Marshall Hampton, Gordon Higgins, Ian Hurd, Joe Laffler, John Mennell, Carl Muckler, Tim Mullarkey, Bob O’Hearne, Cory Palmer, Fred Palmer, Carl Raab, Jim Roberts, Bill Russell, Charlie Schaeffer, Bob Street, Jay Thatcher, Ken Trabue, Bob Willman, and Eric Woodruff.

Gordon Higgins and Charlie Schaeffer are WWII veterans. Melanie Bick and Ian Hurd are on active duty with the United States Army and United States Coast Guard, respectively.  Matthew Bonzon is an ROTC candidate and in the Missouri National Guard.  Chuck Bryant has been the Chautauqua Veterans Flag Detail leader since its inception in 2004.

Flags in the Chautauqua Memorial Flag Collection are under the stewardship of the Chautauqua Historical Society, and are memorialized each season on a rotating schedule.

2021 Ceremonies

May 31
Raise the Flag: Bill Meyer, USA; Memorial Day protocols, 7 AM, raise the flag, then lower to half staff; 12 noon, raise the flag to full staff.

June 13
12 noon, raise the flag of Gary Cooper, USA

July 3 
10:30 AM, honor the flag of Billy Clarkson, USMC, raise the flag of Marcelyne Drescher, USA in honor of her and Emmett Burke Drescher, USA

July 25
12 noon, raise the flag of William Grundmann, Sr., USA; honor the flag of William Grundmann, Jr., USA

August 15 or 22
12 noon, raise the flag of William Colbert, USA

September 6
7 PM, retreat the flag of William Colbert, USA, end of season ceremony.

November 11
Veterans Day Ceremony, honor the flag of Jerome Podesva, USN, dawn to dusk.

Previous Season Ceremonies

To see a list of Flag Raising Ceremonies from previous seasons, click here.