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Chautauqua Historical Society


Welcome to the Chautauqua Historical Society Website

This site is under construction by the Chautauqua Historical Society of New Piasa Chautauqua, Illinois.


The mission and purpose of the Chautauqua Historical Society is the preservation and enhancement of the historic traditions and culture of New Piasa Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Illinois, the encouragement of historical research on the Chautauqua community and nearby historic districts, the publication of historical brochures, pamphlets, and other written material on New Piasa Chautauqua, remaining permanent assemblies and chautauquas in other parts of the United States and the national Chautauqua movement, and the establishment of an educational program to inform the Chautauqua community and the general public of the historical and educational value of New Piasa Chautauqua.



"KETC-TV, Living St. Louis Producer Jim Kirchherr spends time relaxing and visiting with residents of Chautauqua. This hidden camping area located near Alton, Illinois, along the Mississippi river road is used to enjoy the outdoors, play games, and escape from a busy lifestyle. Roque, an early form of croquet, can only be found at a few locations including Chautauqua. Recreation is the main feature of the camp site. Many visitors to the area were brought here during their youth and have continued the tradition with their children. This episode recreates the history and delight of staying at Chautauqua." Click here to watch the video on YouTube.


The Western Chautauqua
by Tim Tomlinson

A new history of New Piasa Chautauqua sponsored by the Chautauqua Historical Society and Historic Elsah Foundation. This book tells the story of how this Illinois Chautauqua survived and prospered over a 125 year period and features new information and new pictures of the hard times and good times of a special place. Click here to learn more.

$15.95, plus shipping and handling if applicable, tax included. Click here for ordering information
  or buy the book through eBay.

Click here to learn more about the author.