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A Friday's Journal subscriber, Marilyn Dilley, recently wrote to me, suggesting I might
consider doing a page on the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua County, New York.  
Marilyn's husband, John, and his family have a long association with Chautauqua,
beginning with his great-grandparents.  The family has been spending the summer
season in the same house on the Institution's grounds since 1926.

The Chautauqua Institution is an education center and summer resort, located on 750
acres.  It began in 1874 as a Methodist Sunday School teachers assembly and ultimately
went on to became one of the most popular educational institutions in America.  It offers  
many innovative programs in the arts, education, religion and music
; also, public events,
popular entertainment, theater, symphony, ballet, opera and much more.

Most of the cottages on the grounds are over a hundred years old.  The community is
one of the best preserved compounds of late 19th and early 20th
century wooden
cottages in America.  The Institution's Historic District is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The title of the page was suggested in a quote from Tom Becker, president of
Chautauqua Institution:  “There is a sense of community here that has value beyond the
immediacy of the experience into the conduct of the rest of your life.  Like pebbles cast
into a pond, inspiration gleaned in this extraordinary place causes ripples that extend
farther and deeper than the eye can see."

-- Nancy
Most of the photos on this page were taken on the grounds of the
Chautauqua Institution, however, I widened my search for photos
to include a few other places in Chautauqua County, as well.

Since the neighboring community of Jamestown was the
birthplace of Lucille Ball, it seemed only fitting that the
quotes on the page should be hers.  -- Nancy
I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown
by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.
One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay
to get discouraged.  Keeping busy and making optimism
a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
The more things you do, the more you can do.
Pictured above, the birthplace of Lucille Ball, Jamestown, NY.  She loved
the area and came back to visit often throughout her life.  She's buried in
the Jamestown cemetery where her parents and grandparents are buried.
The inscription on her tombstone reads, "You've come home."
Above, the Athenaeum Hotel, on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution;
below, the Miller Bell Tower, named after one of the founders, Lewis Miller.
I'm not funny.  What I am is brave.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.
I sometimes think that knowing what you cannot do
is more important than knowing what you can.