I am pleased to return to the Bay View Chautauqua in Northern Michigan as the lecturer for their annual American Experience Week. This will be a first opportunity to give extensive lectures –- five –- on Ulysses S. Grant. I spoke on Lincoln in this same week in 2011.
Chautauqua was begun by Methodists in the 1870s as a religious and educational movement. It offered summertime learning for public school teachers who were the Sunday School teachers for children and adult the rest of the year. Theodore Roosevelt hailed it as “the most American thing in America.” Today there are seventeen Chautauquas — to read more please visit www.chautauquatrail.com. The four pillars of Chautauqua remain: arts, education, religion, and recreation. Set on Lake Michigan, with 600 Victorian cottages, Bay View is a treasured experience.
Ulysses S. Grant was a lifelong friend of John Heyl Vincent, the Methodist pastor who founded the movement on New York’s Lake Chautauqua in 1874. Vincent, Grant’s pastor in Galena before the Civil War, invited President Grant to the second Chautauqua in 1875 to give it national exposure. He accepted the summons.
Details about the lectures are below or you can click (here) to learn more about the American Experience Lectures at Bay View Chautauqua.