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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.


New Piasa Chautauqua has been a functioning summer resort community since 1885, when it was organized as the Piasa Bluffs Assembly. The Assembly was patterned after the New York Chautauqua, organized in 1874. At Piasa Bluffs, the mission included an emphasis on religion, education, and wholesome family life and recreation. When the original venture failed for financial reasons in 1908, it was reorganized as New Piasa Chautauqua in 1909. The mission of the community remained the same. New Piasa Chautauqua was placed on The National Register of Historic Districts in 1982.