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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

29 January 2015

What in the World is CHAUTAUQUA?

For those of you wondering about where we were for the 2014 summer, below is a description grabbed off the website about Chautauqua Institution. And further below that is a very interesting video about Chautauqua. However, the true life stories from within that gated community are far more magical than any video or photo could portray.

The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events. Over 8,000 students enroll annually in the Chautauqua Summer Schools which offer courses in art, music, dance, theater, writing skills and a wide variety of special interests.

The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning. It was successful and broadened almost immediately beyond courses for Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art and physical education.

On this "stuckinindiana Blogger site", search for the label "Chautauqua Institution" for other published posts about this wonderful place. For additional pictures, take a look on Facebook in the When You're STUCKinindiana photo album, entitled "stuckinindiana at CHQ."

And for a little more information follow this link to their website:


  1. My mother told me about a traveling Chautauqua program that came to the very rural Kansas area she grew up in when she was a child (she was born in 1918). She loved the things she learned. I think it contributed to her dream of finding a life beyond the farm. (She had to go away from home to finish high school and move to the "big city" of Wichita to go to business college. She had a long career as an executive and then legal secretary.) The program was probably also the beginning of her dream for my sister and I to go to college. I think that traveling program was somehow connected to the Institution in New York.

    1. Ray, it IS related. There's a lot written about the Chautauqua Trail. As I said in my post, that place cannot be explained. It's a crazy wonderful experience!! That 7 weeks away from home was one of the hardest, yet BEST, times of my life :) We hope to return - although the 7-week experience was a once in a lifetime I'm pretty certain.

  2. Hi Stuck In Indiana girl,

    Have you or your family taken any classes there recently? Was that this summer?

    Jennifer Dougan

    1. Jennifer, 3 of us were there for 8 weeks this past summer (2014). Our daughter was a student in the Visual Arts program for the summer. I was the caretaker for her little one. We attended all sorts of lectures, concerts, etc.