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Chautauqua Hill

Chautauqua Hill
Chautauqua Hill

The steep hill on which Old Main sits is known as Chautauqua Hill, named for the late 19th century national social movement. From about 1885 to 1895, a large tabernacle-like structure seating 1,500 people once occupied the pinnacle where Old Main now stands.

an 1887 Chautauqua
an 1887 Chautauqua

The Chautauqua Movement was a popular educational and social movement that educated students while also entertaining them in the forms of lectures, debates, concerts and plays.