The last Chautauquas

Chautauqua Auditorium

U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt once said Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”

That’s a good enough endorsement for us, but just what is Chautauqua?

Originally and Iroquois word, Chautauqua was an adult education movement in late 19th and early 20th centuries. People would gather for lectures, performances and concerts. The first such meeting was held at Chautauqua Lake in New York, giving the assemblies their name from then on.

“Daughter Chautauquas” operated at permanent facilities. These independent facilities were built in a semi-rural location close to a town near decent rail service.

Only three of the several hundred Chautauquas that once peppered the U.S. remain today.

The Colorado Chautauqua, located in Boulder, is one of the three. Founded in 1898, opening just in time for the opening of the first Texas-Colorado Chautauqua season on July 4, the auditorium was placed on the National Register of historic places in 1978.

The Colorado Chautauqua was home to some serious musical, political and education history. The all-wood building was renowned by performers for its acoustics, with some comparing it to the famed Mormon Tabernacle.

We love the Chautauqua for another reason; the beautiful park named after it.

Nestled into the foothills along the Front Range, it’s a great jumping off point to hike the Flatirons, and an easy intro to Boulder hiking.

Join us for this 2-mile hike, with 400 ft. of elevation gain, spectacular views of the area, and even more Colorado history. Call us today to make your reservation: 720-242-9828

Photos by Laura Scudder, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Chautauqua Park

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