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The 1874 Society



For more information, please contact:

Tina Downey

Director of the Chautauqua Fund

(716) 357-6406 | tdowney@ciweb.org

The 1874 Society

Named after the year of the Institution's founding, The 1874 Society recognizes donors who generously honor Chautauqua's legacy with leadership gifts to the annual fund in the amount of $1,874 - $3,499. Gifts of this level are critical to supporting the depth and quality of programming that are enjoyed each season and help to close the gap between earned revenues and that which must be subsidized by philanthropy. With ticket sales covering approximately 65% of the cost of underwriting the Chautauqua experience, this Society applauds the value in keeping prices affordable for families. The collective giving of the philanthropic leaders who make up The 1874 Society inspires other Chautauquans to similar acts of generosity, and enriches the experiences of every member of this beloved community.

Benefits of Membership in The 1874 Society

    • Invitation to luncheon with select lecturer
    • Invitations to special tours and/or events hosted by Chautauqua's artistic directors
    • Opportunity to attend select events with program leadership during season
    • Complimentary subscription to Pillars, a semi-annual publication for community leaders


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P.O. Box 28
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
Institution website

Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, dependent upon your gifts to fulfill its mission. Gate tickets and other revenue cover only a portion of the cost of your Chautauqua experience. A community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Visit our website for more information.