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The Lewis Miller Circle


For more information, please contact:

Megan Sorenson

Assoc. Director of  the Chautauqua Fund &
Staff Liaison to the NOW Generation

(716) 357-6243 |

The NOW Generation is comprised of young adults who find value and meaning in promoting the Chautauqua experience and devote their time, energy and resources in ensuring its longevity and continued relevancy. It is open to all members of this community ages 21-40 and philanthropic participation is encouraged but not required.

The Lewis Miller Circle recognizes members of the NOW Generation whose leadership gifts help sustain the delivery of the entire Chautauqua experience, and inspire others to join them in similar acts of generosity.

Comprised of individuals who make an annual gift of $250 or more to the Chautauqua Fund, the Lewis Miller Circle provides an immediate impact on innovations to the annual experience at Chautauqua, supporting the full range of programming for families and patrons of all ages, as well as scholarships for the majority of students enrolled at the Schools of Fine & Performing Arts.

The Lewis Miller Circle’s dedication and financial support are helping build a stronger that will continue to welcome and nourish young professionals, families and artists for generations to come.

Benefits of Membership in the Lewis Miller Circle

  • Invitation to an intimate Lewis Miller Circle reception at the President’s Cottage
  • Discounted tickets to NOW Generation-sponsored events
  • Special recognition in the annual report on giving
  • Complimentary subscription to Pillars, a semi-annual publication for community leaders


Gifts can be made securely online or by calling 716.357.6404. (Please note the Lewis Miller Circle when making your gift!)

Born in 1829, Lewis Miller was ahead of his times.... An Ohio inventor and industrialist—as well as father-in-law to Thomas Edison, innovator, machinist, later philanthropist, and visionary co-founder of the Chautauqua Movement on the shores of Chautauqua Lake—his legacy endures at Chautauqua Institution, and inspires us to consider the difference one person can make.

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.