Welcome to the Chautauqua
Historical Society Website
This site is under
construction by the
Chautauqua Historical Society
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
or buy the book through
Click here to learn more about the author.