Chautauqua Movement History “Chautauqua” is an Iroquois word with a few meanings— “a bag tied in the middle” or “two moccasins tied together,” and describes the shape of Chautauqua Lake, located in southwest New York. This area was the setting for the first educational assembly (Chautauqua Institution) and so provided the named to. Chautauqua (/ ʃ ə ˈ t ɔː k w ə / shə-TAW-kwə) was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s.
Chautauqua movement, popular U.S. movement in adult education that flourished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The original Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly in western New York, founded in 1874 by John H. Vincent and Lewis Miller, began as a program for the training of. It should be stressed that the Chautauqua Institution was never affiliated with any one denomination; pretty much every faith group in the U.S. has a chapel or building on the grounds today. Still, the sort of mild Protestantism that has informed much of American culture was an .
Vincent and Miller were very clear that their intent was educational, rather than revivalist. The Chautauqua Institution was never affiliated with any one denomination, like most faith groups today. The mild Protestantism that has informed much of American culture was an . This article briefly presents some details of the Chautauqua Institution’s early years, acquainting the reader with the roots of this institution, exploring the movement’s role in defining adult education, and indicating some areas where the movement has had an impact on contemporary adult education.