Staff Blogger: Jeanne Mauriocourt, Director of Educational Programming


The 2015 Chautauqua Lecture Series offers a wide-range of learning opportunities on a variety of subject matters for Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents. Lectures are held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday from June 22-September 3.

The Chautauqua Lecture Series will open the summer with a theme on ‘World War II’ (June 22-25). Thomas Mach, PhD, Professor of History at Cedarville University, will return to Lakeside as a guest speaker. In 2014, Dr. Mach earned high praise for his lectures on ‘The Gilded Age.’ This year, he will bring his insights on the subject of World War II.

The second week of the season will focus on gardening and photography. A special lecture, entitled ‘Painting Ohio in Broad Brushstrokes’ (June 28),will be presented by Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio, and Guy Denny, former Chief of Natural Areas & Preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The focus of this lecture will be the vision, construction and upkeep of the Ohio Governor’s Residence & Heritage Gardens in Columbus, Ohio.

Following their presentation, Lakeside welcomes award-winning English garden designer, Amanda Patton, who will present four lectures on ‘Gardening as Landscape Painting: Toward a New Naturalism’ (June 29 & 30). In addition, environmental photographer, writer and naturalist, Ian Adams, will lecture on the theme of  A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio(July 1 & 2).
Week three of the Chautauqua summer season features a combined Faith for Living Hour and morning educational lecture series with Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Root. He will be speaking on ‘C.S. Lewis’ (July 6-9). This theme is supported by Bob & Becky Brymer.

A special lecture presented at 8:15 p.m. Monday, July 13 in Hoover Auditorium will feature Robert D. Putnam, PhD, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Putnam will be lecturing on his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. The Chautauqua Lecture Series theme for that week will focus on ‘Higher Education in Ohio’ (July 13-16).
The theme of‘False Justice: Revisited’ (July 22 & 23)welcomes back Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and his wife, Nancy, to discuss the progress made on the issue of wrongful conviction and the revised edition of their book, False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent.
The Rev. Dr. Julian Davies, Pastor of University Church in Toledo, Ohio, explores the theme of ‘Why Does Theology Matter?’ (July 29 & 30) for guests and residents of the community to enjoy.

‘The Armchair Traveler: International Art’ (August 10 & 11) features Carolyn Putney, Toledo Museum of Art Chief Curator, and Richard Putney, PhD, University of Toledo Associate Professor of Art History, exploring the art of Egypt, India and Italy.

The return of ‘Civil War Week’ (August 17-21) will feature lectures by many Civil War historians, including Dennis Frye, Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Park, and Dana Shoaf, Editor of the Civil War Times.

The final week of the 2015 Chautauqua summer season (August 31-September 3) will offer workshops and experiential learning opportunities on a variety of topics.

Recurring themes this year, include ‘Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World’ supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment (August 3-6), ‘Health & Medicine’ (July 6-9), ‘Lake Erie’ (August 12 & 13)and ‘Lakeside University’ (August 24-27).

Purchasing a Chautauqua Pass to enter Lakeside grants access to the Chautauqua Lecture Series seminars at no additional charge.

A Partial Day Chautauqua Pass (valid for 3 hours during the day) is $6.75 and allows free access to attend one lecture.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $20.50 for adults and $14 for youth (ages 12-18) per day and allows free access to lectures on the day you enter Lakeside and the next day as well.

Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside.

To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $10 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available at select locations). Parking is also available at the South Gate Parking Lot for $5 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available from the parking lot) and the Danbury School Parking Lot for $1 per day (no shuttle service and limited parking dates based on school schedule).

For details about admission to Lakeside Chautauqua, visit or contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 247.

Specific lecture topics, speakers, times, dates and locations will begin to be listed at in March.