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Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting & Chautauqua Experience

“Chautauqua” is an educational and cultural movement that built communities and supported individuals in the development of their full potential spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically. The concept began in the late 19th century and spread throughout rural North America as hundreds of Chautauqua communities were established. However, by the mid-1920s, the movement began to recede due to the rise of the automobile, radio and access to education. Only a handful of these communities survived the decline.

Today, there are several Chautauqua communities across North America, and the demand for authentic, cultural experiences and continued learning opportunities is on the rise. The Chautauqua Trail, a group of organizations and individuals committed to promoting the Chautauqua concept, is one of the driving forces behind this renaissance.

Ocean Park to Host 35th Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting

The 35th Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting will be held in Ocean Park, Maine from July 27-30, 2018. Register for the Annual Meeting today! Please return the completed registration form and $150 per person to Frank Gwalthney, PO Box 7177, Ocean Park, ME 04063. Please make checks payable to Ocean Park Association by July 10, 2018. If you prefer to pay by credit card, call (207) 934-9068, ext. 0 and tell Sharon you're paying for the Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting.

Join the Movement & Register for the Annual Meeting

Individuals and organizations can join the Chautauqua Trail and attend the Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting. Your annual membership helps ensure the survival of one of the greatest movements in North American cultural history. The full organization membership is $100 and individual membership is $10. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow Chautauquans from across the U.S. and Canada. Join the Chautauqua Trail.

Register for the Chautauqua Network Annual Meeting today!

Annual Meeting Schedule

     2018    Ocean Park
     2019    Colorado
     2020    Chautauqua Institution
     2021    Chautauqua Wawasee

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Meeting Minutes

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Chautauqua Trail Officers

Elected in 2010

Frank Gwalthney,
Ocean Park, Maine
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Vice President:
Kevin Sibbring,
Lakeside, Ohio

Secretary/Newsletter Editor:
Kathy Snavely,
Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania

Vanessa Weinert,
Chautauqua, New York