Chautauqua system of education,
An enterprise established in 1878 at Chautauqua, N. Y.
, in connection with the Chautauqua Assembly, which had been organized in 1874, by the joint efforts of Lewis Miller
and the Rev. John H. Vincent
, for the purpose of holding annual courses of instruction in languages, science, literature, etc., at Chautauqua
, in July and August annually.
The aim of the Chautauqua System
is to continue the work of the assembly throughout the year in all parts of the country.
Since 1878 more than 250,000 students have enrolled their names for the various courses.
The purpose of the Chautauqua Circles
is to promote habits of reading and study in literature, history, art, and science, without interfering with the regular routine of life.
The complete course covers four years, and aims to give “the college outlook” on life and the world.
The books for study include specified works approved by the counsellors; a membership book, with review outlines; a monthly magazine, with additional readings and notes; and other aids.
Local circles can be formed with three or four members.
One hour each day for nine months is the time annually required.
All who complete the course receive certificates, and in case any have pursued collateral and advanced reading seals are affixed to the certificate.