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Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century

presents nearly 8,000 publicity brochures, ads, and talent circulars for more than 4,500 lecturers, teachers, preachers, politicians, actors, singers, magicians and others who performed in these touring Chautauquas. Founded in 1874 to train Sunday school teachers, Chautauquas spread from their initial incarnation on New York’s Lake Chautauqua. By the 1910s, these assemblies could be found almost everywhere, presenting a message of self and civic improvement to millions of Americans. (Library of Congress)

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