The Pennsylvania Chautauqua EST 1892
Pennsylvania Chautauqua 125th
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Chautauqua!
This year 2017 marks our 125th year of the founding of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua as well as the Campmeeting.  Our year long calibration will be filled with special events, please see our calendar of events and the 125th Page for more information.
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua is located in Mount Gretna, a small Victorian community founded in the late 1800’s as a summer resort. Initially the only way for residents to reach their cottages in the tree-covered rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania was to travel by train. Mount Gretna was a stop along the Cornwall/Lebanon line that has since become the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails. Our streets were footpaths until automobiles became the mode of travel. Many of the original cottages surround an open-air playhouse where numerous cultural events are held. Our quaint atmosphere attracts many visitors every summer for music, theater, a visit to the local ice cream shop and lake, or just a walk in the woods. While we enjoy our quiet winters, we welcome with open arms the visitors who come to experience Chautauqua, stroll the tree lined streets, admire the historical buildings and participate in the variety of programs we offer to fulfill our mission.
Explore our website, check out our programming schedule, and come visit.
Critters Beyond Your Back Door: Naturalist Jack Hubley
Friday, June 2, 2017
"Critters Beyond Your Back Door": Naturalist Jack Hubley will bring along some friends you might find in your backyard and educate us about them, including mammals, birds of prey, and...
Students from Mighty Writers
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Students from Mighty Writers, an after-school creative writing project in Philadelphia, will share their best work. HP/CHP
1910 Worship Service
Sunday, June 4, 2017
1910 Worship Service based on worship in the early days. In honor and in memory of Mary Ellen Kinch. HP/CHP.

This Week In Mount Gretna

Chautauqua Festival

Welcome to the PA Chautauqua
Quiet Time
Chautauquans treasure the peace and tranquility of our
community. For many residents, relaxing, reading, reflecting,
and rocking on porches is the highlight of the summer.
Neighborly consideration encourages that noisy outside projects
be done September thru May, leaving the summer months and
Sundays “quiet” for everyone’s enjoyment.

What Is A Chautauqua?

Chautauqua was founded as an outdoor educational experience for Sunday school teachers by John Heyl Vincent, a Methodist Minister and Lewis Miller, a local businessman on Lake Chautauqua, New York in 1874. The summer camp format proved to be popular with families - thus began The Chautauqua Institute. After its inception the movement spread rapidly through the United States, bringing education, culture, physical and religious activities as well as entertainment to rural America. There were over two hundred Chautauquas at the height of the movement. The advent of the automobile, the radio and movie theaters caused the demise of most of the Chautauquas.

Chautauqua today is organized around its four pillars:  Arts, Education, Religion, and Recreation.  Each area is woven into the schedules of the Chautauquas. 

If you are interested in learning more about the programming offered by the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, view our Summer Programs

You can learn more about Chautauquas by visiting one of the 17 existing Chautauquas that comprise the Chautauqua Trail and by visiting the following web site. http://www.chautauquatrail.com

Phone Info
  • General Inquiries: 717-964-3270
  • Hall of Philosophy Rental: 717-571-0330
  • Summer Programs: 717-964-1830
  • Worship Services: 717-737-8133 or 717-964-3050

Mail Info
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua
PO Box 637
Mount Gretna, PA 17064

Seeking Books and Book Lovers!
Posted on Apr 13th, 2017 Comments (0)
The Mount Gretna Community Library is seeking book donations for its book sale June 16-17 at the Mount Gretna Fire Hall.
Looking for gently used hardcovers, paperbacks, and children’s books can be donated.
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua Donates Proceeds of the Mt. Gretna Art Show
Posted on Jan 7th, 2017 Comments (0)
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua is pleased to announce its donations to local non-profits from the proceeds of another successful Mt. Gretna Art Show. The community group could not have such a successful event without the help of so many volunteers from around the greater Mt. Gretna area.