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Vice President Announcement

The Chautauqua Trail would like to thank former Vice President Kevin Sibbring for his valued contribution and leadership. Moving forward, Mary Lou Gardner Sonmor was elected new vice president at the 2020 Annual Chautauqua Trail meeting. We are looking forward to her leadership and all that she will accomplish in her new role.

Welcome Ridgway, Colorado to the Chautauqua Trail

Today, the Sherbino is a highly energized anchor in the heart of historic downtown Ridgway. The Sherbino, or the "Sherb" to many locals, refers both to the physical space and all that it embodies. The building is owned and operated by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2010 for the purpose of keeping the historic theater a community gathering place and fully utilizing the space by offering high-quality, diverse programming. Read more...

Chautauqua Wawasee to host Winter Carnival Masquerade Ball

Chautauqua-Wawasee, located in Syracuse, Ind., will be partnering with several organizations in their community to host a Masquerade Ball as part of the Syracuse Winter Carnival on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Guests are invited to dress in costume. The schedule has been set, and they're excited to be hosting several new events this year, such as a Zumba party, Brew & BBQ and celebrating the 50th year of the Boat-In Worship Service on Lake Wawasee.

Colorado Chautauqua to Host 36th Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting

The 36th Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting will be held at Colorado Chautauqua from Aug. 8-10, 2019.

Colorado Chautauqua is Boulder's only National Historic Landmark. Since 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua has served as a local community asset, dedicated to enhancing the community through cultural, educational, social and recreational experiences. From the beloved historic venues and cottages to the historic Dining Hall and renowned educators, speakers and cultural programs, the Colorado Chautauqua continues to represent the best of Boulder - a unique, organic and irreplaceable experience.

On July 4, 1898, over 4,000 people gathered for the opening day. Boulder civic leaders and Texas educators had joined together to create a cultural and educational summer retreat.

Located at the base of Boulder's Flatirons, Colorado Chautauqua is considered the western representation of the cultural movement that swept the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is the only site west of the Mississippi that has been in continuous operation since its founding and with its original structures intact and used for their original purposes.

The City of Boulder owns the 40 acres of land underlying the Colorado Chautauqua, along with the Auditorium, the Dining Hall and the Academic Hall. Since its founding in 1898, the City has leased 26 acres of the land and those buildings to the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) - the 501 (c)(3) steward of the Chautauqua. The CCA owns the Community House, the Missions House Lodge and the Columbine Lodge, as well as 62 of the 99 cottages on the premises. The other 37 cottages are privately owned - with the land subleased to the private individuals by the CCA.

Now in its second century, Colorado Chautauqua remains committed to its historic purpose, offering outstanding cultural and educational programs and attracting more than a million visitors each year. We look forward to welcoming you for the Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting. Stay tuned for the full schedule and registration details.