'Why They Left Switzerland'
   Capture the Memories
   Belles & Brothers
   'The Stripping Room'
   Patchwork of History
   Antique Tractor Show
   Tobacco stripping contest
   1917 Chautauqua & Tea
   Cast Iron Chef
   Life Below the Water Line
   Art Tour
   One Book One Community
   Church Tour
   Genealogy Workshop
   Family Fun Night
   Rural Heritage Tour
   Class Reunion/tail gate
   Scavenger Hunt/Geo Cache Contest
   Community Birthday Celebration

 1917 Chautauqua


October 5, 2 pm

Switzerland County Historical Museum Grounds, 208 East Main Street


  No charge, a Tea will be served afterward


      Experience the entertainment and culture of an old-fashioned tent "Chautauqua" on Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 pm on the Switzerland County Historical Museum grounds. Vevay actively participated in the social sensation once popular throughout rural America known as The Chautauqua, which included guest speakers on social and political issues of the time and a variety of entertainment.


       The most popular of all Chautauqua speakers, William Jennings Bryan, spoke in Vevay in 1917. So the Bicentennial Chautauqua will feature a return visit from Mr. Bryan, along with a local suffragette, music, dance and comedic relief of the era. Visitors are encouraged to don appropriate attire for the time and mingle at the tea following the performance.


“The Chautauqua is the most distinctively American thing in this country.”                     Theodore Roosevelt


       Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, named after Chautauqua Lake where the first such event was held in 1874. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America through the 1920s, bringing entertainment and culture with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day.


Pride in our past,

Promise in our future