These activities occur during the New Piasa Chautauqua season.

(Our 2020 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 you 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 Mary Ann Weyforth, ARC Director. The ARC intern is on site daily, except Sundays.

Jersey Joe’s

Every Wednesday and Friday morning, from 8:30 to 10:30 AM, 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

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, Gordon Higgins, Ian Hurd, Joe Laffler, 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 undergoing BCT duty, Fort Jackson, SC.

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.  The flag of Bill Meyer, Sr. is flown this season for the first time.

2020 Ceremonies

May 25
Raise the Flag: Bob Young, USAF; Memorial Day protocols, 7 AM, raise the flag, then lower to half staff; 12 noon, raise the flag to full staff.

June 14
12 noon, raise the flag of John Hormell, USN

July 4
10 AM, honor the flag of Billy Clarkson, USMC, raise the flag of Bill Meyer, Sr., USA

July 19
12 noon, raise the flag of Bill Jackson, USA

August 9
12 noon, raise the flag of Marcia Drescher, USA

September 7
7 PM, retreat the flag of Marcia Drescher, USA, end of season ceremony.

November 11
Veterans Day Ceremony, honor the flag of Fred Fischer, USA, dawn to dusk.