Chautauqua has been a Boulder institution since 1898, when the auditorium and dining hall (still in use) were built, a tent city sprang up, and the first educational summer programs were held for Texas teachers and local residents. One of only three major Chautauquas still operating in the United States, the Boulder Chautauqua has survived and thrived as a year-round association with many educational and entertainment offerings, as well as nearly one hundred historic cottages in a spectacular setting. Susan Connelly has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Chautauqua Association since 2003. In this interview she explains Chautauqua’s designation as a National Historic Landmark District; and discusses Chautauqua programming and other services offered, the historic Chautauqua cottages, efforts to make Chautauqua environmentally sustainable; and plans for the future.
View DVD and time-indexed transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.