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Author of The Chautauqua Moment to speak in Hudson on July 25

Closing reception for 5th Anniversary Retrospective follows event
HUDSON, N.Y. -- Columbia University Press author Andrew C. Rieser will give a talk entitled “The Chautauqua Moment and its Lessons for a Changing Hudson” on Sunday, July 25th at 1 pm here in Hudson at Time & Space Limited.

[Image]Rieser’s first book, The Chautauqua Moment, is subtitled Protestants, Progressives, and the Culture of Modern Liberalism, 1874-1920. Noted historian David Hollinger of the University of California, Berkeley has called the book “a captivating, convincing, and fresh analysis of one of the most important cultural institutions of late-19th and early-20th century America.”

Founded in Western New York in 1874, the Chautauqua movement combined diverse aspects of college courses, summer resorts and religious assemblies all into one. Over the next 50 years, Chautauqua became the leading force in America for adult education, sponsoring and inspiring assemblies, reading clubs and lecture tours around the nation, including in Hudson.

The $10 event is co-sponsored by Friends of Hudson, and will be followed at 2 pm by the closing reception for the group’s 5th Anniversary Retrospective exhibit at TSL.

Rieser, now an assistant professor of History at SUNY Dutchess Community College, has recently moved into a home on Union Street in Hudson. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and his M.A. and B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a past Pew Program fellow in Religion and American history at Yale University, and served as Associate Editor of the Dictionary of American History, Third Edition.

“I’ve always been fascinated by Chautauqua as a model for civic engagement,” says TSL co-director Linda Mussmann. “This event is an opportunity for the community to hear about Chautauqua from an expert and scholar, who is now also a local resident. And it’s an appropriate topic as we close the Friends retrospective, as there are some intriguing parallels between these movements.”

For more information on Chautauqua and Rieser’s book, click HERE. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event, thanks to the Merritt Bookstore.

For further details about this event, please call Friends of Hudson at (518) 822-0334 or TSL at (518) 822-8448.