Named after the year of the Institution's founding, The 1874 Society recognizes donors who generously honor CHQ's legacy with leadership gifts to the annual fund in the amount of $1,874 - $3,499. Gifts of this level are critical to supporting the depth and quality of programming that are enjoyed each season and help to close the gap between earned revenues and that which must be subsidized by philanthropy. With ticket sales covering approximately 60% of the cost of underwriting the CHQ experience, this Society applauds the value in keeping prices affordable for families. The collective giving of the philanthropic leaders who make up The 1874 Society inspires other Chautauquans to similar acts of generosity, and enriches the experiences of every member of this beloved community.

Benefits of Membership in The 1874 Society

  • Invitation to luncheon with select lecturer
  • Invitations to special tours and/or events hosted by CHQ's artistic directors or leadership
  • Opportunity to attend select events with program leadership during season
  • Complimentary subscription to PILLARS, a semi-annual publication for community leaders