Staff blogger: Dakota Harkins, Director of Education & Heritage Programming

Famed aviator Amelia Earhart is easily one of the most recognizable performers to have graced Lakeside’s Central Auditorium stage. A world-renowned flyer with a mysterious demise, Earhart has remained a source of American admiration and research for the last century.

Before her illustrious days of flying, Earhart held many careers. She was a pre-med student at Columbia, a nurse for wounded World War I soldiers in Toronto, an English tutor for Syrian and Chinese refugees, a photographer, social worker and truck driver. She lived in Kansa, Iowa, Minnesota, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Toronto and New York. All of the early days of work and travel led to her first flight at a Long Beach air show with pilot Frank Hawk in 1920. Earhart was 23.

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Author: Loretta Wilken, Master Gardener


Cheery spring blooming bulb plants will soon be peppering the garden beds in Lakeside. They’re always a welcomed sight and a teaser of much more color to come. The question often arises of what to do with these beauties once they’re past their prime. Here are a few pointers… Read More

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua

The year was 1633. The place was Oberammergau, Germany. Europe was in the midst of the Thirty Years War, which would result in over eight million deaths, a little over a tenth of the continent’s population. One of the lethal outcomes of the war was disease, notably the bubonic plaque, a deadly, contagious disease.

In spite of its remote location, and its efforts to quarantine those entering the town for a period of time after which there would be an inspection for signs of the disease, a man unknowingly carrying the disease got passed the guards, and infected his family. Within a few months’ time, 84 of the town’s nearly 600 residents had died.

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Lakeside prides itself on embracing history and tradition in each of the Chautauqua pillars of Religion, Education, Cultural Arts and Recreation. 

As we move through Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on and recognize all of the contributions and accomplishments of women throughout our history and lives, consider setting aside some time to celebrate the women around you and those who came before.

Sit down (in person or remotely) with friends and family and share stories of the amazing, comical, harrowing, peculiar, courageous and everyday happenings in your history.

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Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua

The Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity.  The crisis in which we find ourselves has definite elements of danger. The chance of contacting the coronavirus is real and concerning for all of us. The economic impact of the shutdown of services, limitations on travel, and possible shortage of essential provisions is unprecedented and may harm the well-being of all of us. We are in a world crisis. The dangers are very real.

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