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Ellery in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

What Does “Chautauqua” Mean?

 
 
What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 18, 2018
1. What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker
Inscription.
What Does "Chautauqua" Mean?
Chautauqua Institution
Courtesy: Fenton History Center, Jamestown, N.Y.

The term "Chautauqua" has come to be associated with the Chautauqua Movement which grew from the county's own Chautauqua Institution. The Institution began in 1874 as a training camp for Methodist Bible School teachers. Since then, it has grown into an educational and cultural center attracting more than 150,000 visitors during its annual nine-week summer season. The Chautauqua Movement spread across the country and hundreds of traveling or tent "Chautauquas" offered educational opportunities to the public. Many of these exist to this day.

Chautauqua Institution, Amphitheater. Courtesy: Fenton History Center, Jamestown, N.Y.

What does "Chautauqua" Mean?

Variations of the word "Chautauqua" appear on French maps dating from their early explorations of the area. Legends regarding the meaning of the word are unsubstantiated, but the most often heard interpretation has its origin in Seneca language: "Bag ties in the middle". This name represents the elongated shape of Chautauqua Lake, with the narrow point near the lake's middle (Bemus Point-Stow).
 
Location. 42° 8.029′ N, 79° 20.882′ 
What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 18, 2018
2. What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker
W. Marker is in Ellery, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of Chautauqua Lake Rest Area and Interstate 86, on the right when traveling east on Chautauqua Lake Rest Area. Touch for map. This is the 3rd of four markers at the Chautauqua Lake Rest Area between exits 10 & 11 on I-86; eastbound access only. Marker is in this post office area: Bemus Point NY 14712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Transportation (a few steps from this marker); Farming and Industrial Development (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Land Around Us (about 300 feet away); Packard Mansion (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lakeview House, Sterlingworth Hotel and Lakewood Country Club (approx. 2.2 miles away); First Kent House and Second Kent House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lakewood Honor Roll (approx. 2.2 miles away); Paul Sorg Mansion (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellery.
 
Categories. EducationNative Americans
 
What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 18, 2018
3. What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker
What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 18, 2018
4. What Does "Chautauqua" Mean? Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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