Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chautauqua Hotel -- Crystal Springs

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All are from the Cooper Postcard Collection, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

"Chautauqua, an adult educational effort to bring entertainment and culture to rural America, was founded by Methodists in Lake Chautauqua, NY, in the late 1800s.  The movement, which was nondenominational, swept the nation.  It reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s.  

President Theodore Roosevelt has been quoted as saying Chautauqua "is the most American thing in America."

Other states may have had more famous locations, but Mississippi was definitely part of the Chautauqua movement -- witness this "daughter" Chautauqua hotel and beautiful lake in Crystal Springs..."

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