In Victorian times, one could only learn new things by reading and from periodicals (no radio, TV, internet, etc.). For those living outside urban areas, many hungered for art and music. The Chautauqua Institution offered not only these things to the tourist at Jamestown, NY, but also conducted traveling lectures, magic lantern shows (early movies) which visited communities all over the Northeast US.
My great uncle studied opera there in the 1890's and eventually also studied in Milan, and then traved to Australia.
My mother studied piano there also during a summer in 1926. She was a concert pianist, but also played for silent movies in her rural upstate NY community.
This place is a treasure for those who love the fine arts and Victorian architecture. One can easily spend a day or more visiting, taking in a concert, etc. There is a great deal of walking involved, but all is wheelchair accessible (no vehicle traffic permitted on the grounds). As you tour the grounds, you may hear musioians practicing in various "cabins" - a unique opportunity. Good hotels and motels are also available.
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