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Who are Chautauqua Advocates?

CHQ Advocates are a group of dedicated Chautauquans that host local gatherings and share their CHQ experiences with friends, neighbors, and colleagues – and help CHQ engage others who are likely to enjoy and benefit from the arts, ideas, and life-long learning. These gatherings do not have to be large in scale and can simply be an informal gathering in your home.


How can we help?

How can we help?

Chautauqua Institution staff is here to help you in any way throughout the process. We can help with guest list creation, mailings, artwork, and will provide a DVD with short videos on CHQ, the arts, religion, music, entertainment, recreation, youth programs, and education. Visit our press page for pictures of Chautauqua Institution to use at your party.

> Become an Advocate Today!

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About The Smith

The Smith Memorial Library of Chautauqua Institution anchors the southern end of Bestor Plaza.

A member of the Chautauqua-Cattaragus Library System, The Smith offers year round services to the community:

  • Broad collection of circulating and archival materials
  • Access to ebooks and digital audio through your mobile device
  • InterLibrary Loan services, reference assistance, and basic tech help
  • WiFi, laptop workstations, and public desktop computers
  • Copy and print capability


To enrich the lives of the greater CHQ community by providing access to materials in a variety of formats, as well as other appropriate library services, for the purposes of education, intellectual stimulation, and pleasure; and to do so within the framework of the accepted principles of the library profession.


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The Chautauqua Women’s Club was organized in 1899 for literary, education and religious purposes and continues to provide a variety of programming, including the Contemporary Issues Forum, Contemporary Issues Dialogues and the Professional Women’s Network.

The club’s philanthropic endeavors include scholarships for students in the fine and performing arts programs at Chautauqua Institution. In 2013 the CWC provided 62 scholarships in the amount of $70,000.