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Diary (Chautauqua, New York)

Identifier: SC 00863

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The writer appears to be a female teacher at the Hamilton Avenue School in Warwick, New York. She is associated with the Reform Church. Highlights from the diary follow.

Diary begins on June 15, 1930 when the writer describes her trip to Greenwood Lake with an eighth grade class and her country automobile ride with friends.  They drive past New Milford and Hamburg to Wheatsworth Cereal Company and the Old Edison Mines.  Writer calls it “good time book.”

She visits Utica, Cautauqua (Chautauqua), and Jamestown, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On a June 1931 trip to Jamestown, New York, she befriends Miss Schlepp, a teacher from Buena Vista, Virginia.

Summarizes presentations given by Mrs. Grace Morrison Poole, Princess Chinquilla of the South Cheyenne tribe, Dr. John E. Roberts the pastor of the Chautanqua Community Church, Mrs. Lisle Campbell of St. Louis, Dr. J. Ernest James from London, Branson Ste Cou of Orange,  New Jersey, Mrs. Victoria Booth Demarest, Dr. Herbert Wellett, Dr. Buck of Drew University, Rear Admiral Evelyn Byrd, Mrs. Orrin Judd, Miss Woodbury and others.  Many of these presentations are given in the Chautaugua Amphitheater. 

Describes her conversations and activities while attending Summer School at Chautauqua.  Tells of her experiences, the courses she takes and the teachers, plus gives her opinion of the school.  She says, “two unique celebrations at Chautauqua are “Old First Night” and “Recognition Day.”

Names and addresses written in the back of the journal.

Items glued into diary:

Photographs of students and friends with names and places noted.  Photograph of Virginia Jean Earl with her Great Grandfather on the Deansboro porch.

Newspaper articles of some of the talks she attends and topics of interest.

Loose item:

August 30, 1931 program, “Sunday at Chautauqua”.

Bookmark with Serenity Prayer.


  • Creation: 1930-1931

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Physical Description

1 vol.

Guide to the Diary (Chautauqua, N.Y.)
Finding Aid Authors: Anne T. Johnson.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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