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A hand-tinted postcard image of the Ashland Chautauqua building in Lithia Park as it appeared circa 1908.

In the decades before the First World War, an organization called Chautauqua arose that was something like a summer camp for grown-ups.

People would take vacation time and travel to the Chautauqua center and stay there in tents, either brought from home or rented on site, for a week, or two weeks, or even longer. There, they’d take classes, attend lectures, listen to band concerts, play baseball, and generally try to make up for the previous year’s intellectual deprivation.

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Bryant Park, at the mouth of the Calapooia River in Albany, started out as a Chautauqua campus. Several other Oregon towns also had smaller Chautauqua organizations during the late 1890s and early 1900s.

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A hand-tinted postcard image of the Ashland Chautauqua building in Lithia Park as it appeared circa 1908.

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The grounds of the Gladstone Chautauqua included a large pond, which organizers of course named Chautauqua Lake.

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