Episcopal Chautauqua Heritage Society
The Episcopal Cottage of Chautauqua, established in 1919 and supported by interested Episcopalians and other people of faith, provides a ministry of hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ consistent with the teaching and doctrines of the Christian faith as received by the Episcopal Church.

From the By-laws of the Episcopal Cottage of Chautauqua, Inc.

Episcopal Chautauqua Heritage Society
After World War I, a group of Episcopal women formed an organization to support their summer ministry of hospitality at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.  They established a nonprofit corporation in 1919 known as The Episcopal Cottage of Chautauqua, Inc. to perpetuate their mission. 

From the early 1920’s until 1950, the first Episcopal Cottage was located at 6 Pratt Street adjacent to Bestor Plaza.  During the Depression, this Episcopal Cottage fell into great disrepair.  Rather than rebuild at that site, the Board chose to relocate.

The present Episcopal Cottage at 24 Peck Avenue was purchased for $25,000.00 in 1949.  One generous member loaned the corporation the funds necessary to acquire the property.  Since that time, the corporation has repaid this loan and invested many times the original purchase price to make capital improvements in furtherance of its mission.

For over ninety years, the Episcopal Cottage has provided a ministry of hospitality at the Institution. The Episcopal Cottage looks forward to beginning a second century of service in another decade.

Episcopal Chautauqua Heritage Society
The Episcopal Cottage publishes three newsletters during the year to inform its members of what is going on.  You may download past issues below.  You may also wish to join our mailing list, which can be done by filling in the form below.

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Episcopal Chautauqua Heritage Society
The Episcopal Cottage of Chautauqua, Inc. is governed by a twelve-person Board of Directors.  The election of directors and officers by members takes place at the annual meeting that is held on the last Sunday of the Chautauqua Institution’s Season at the Episcopal Cottage.  The term of service for directors is three years.  A director may stand for reelection once.  An exception is made for the Treasurer, who is appointed by the Board and a non-voting member of it.  All members are invited to sign up for workdays that are scheduled each fall and spring to open or close the Episcopal Cottage for the year.

4th Row:  Larry McKnight, Paul Cawein, Iabel Hodgin, Virgina Cox 
 3rd Row:  Mary Taylor, Peter Westphal, Victoria Bauer 
2nd Row:  Nancy Graham, John Tamplin, 
1st Row:  Toppie Bate, Sandra Redmond, Dyan Noyes 
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Episcopal Chautauqua Heritage Society
Jim and Darlene Huron

Host and Hostess Jim and Darlene Huron come to the Episcopal Cottage from a background of Church and educational work, public relations, mental health, and extensive involvement in Chautauqua Institution.

Episcopal Cottage In The Chautauqua Institution - Host and Hostess PicturesDarlene has worked in television and public relations, early childhood education, volunteer administration, and mental health.  At Chautauqua, she continues on the board of the Chautauqua Women’s Club, where she has served as Vice President and Chair of the House Committee during the renovation of the Club House, and continues on the Board of the Bird Tree and Garden Club, where she is currently in her tenth year as Chaplain.  She has chaired several major tasks at Chautauqua, including the Women’s Club’s Flea Market and Strawberry Festival, and the Bird Tree and Garden Club’s Mushroom Sandwich festival, and has worked as Monitor with Chautauqua’s Special Studies Department.  Both she and her husband Jim are active members of their CLSC Class of 2000.

Jim’s background includes some 45 years of ministry as pastor in local congregations, Chaplain/Counselor in Ohio’s largest psychiatric hospital, Chaplain/Counselor in one of Ohio’s largest cemetery/funeral homes, instructor with Ashland Ohio Seminary in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology, and with his wife Darlene farmer and business owner.   His activities have been ecumenical, as he is both an ordained Minister in the Disciples of Christ, and a confirmed Episcopalian.  His Chautauqua experience includes service as President of the CLSC Alumni Association, Board Member of the Chautauqua Theater Company, Co-Founder of the Chautauqua Men’s Club, President of the Chautauqua Association of the Disciples of Christ, and facilitator of Chautauqua Special Studies’ Turner Education Building.

Jim and Darlene have been summer participants at Chautauqua for over 30 years, with the past 15 being for the full season.  They are active members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, seasonal participants in the Episcopal Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Chautauqua, and winter participants in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winter Haven, Florida.

Episcopal Chautauqua Heritage Society
Chaplains-in-Residence preside at a daily Holy Eucharist in the nearby Chapel of Good Shepherd except for Saturday.  Weekdays services are at 7:45 a.m. and Sundays at 7:45 a.m. as well as 9:00 a.m.  There is an informal coffee social at the Episcopal Cottage following the 9:00 a.m. service on Sundays.  Chaplains-in-Residence are available for pastoral care to guests of the Episcopal Cottage upon request.

The Chaplains who will be serving The Chapel of The Good Shepherd and residing at the Episcopal Cottage for the 2014 are listed below.

Chautauqua Week 2014 Episcopal Chaplain
Week One

The Rev. Jerre Feagin,

Bishop's Assistant for Congregational Support,
Diocese of WNY

Week Two

Ellie Clitheroe,

Rector of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Smithville, Ontario, CA

Week Three

The Rev. Canon Dr. William J. Geisler,

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Brentwood, PA

Week Four

The Rev. Mary P. Garner,

Chaplain at Heron Point Retirement Community, Chestertown, MD

Week Five

The Rev. Dr. Carol Jablonski,

Rector, St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, College Park, MD

Week Six

The Rev. Paul W. Gennett Jr.,

Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Newark, DE

Week Seven

The Rev. Andrew Buchanan,

Rector, Galilee Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, VA

Week Eight

The Rev. Rector, Kara Wagner Sherer,

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL

Week Nine

The Rev. Mary Ann Hoy,

Director of the Dementia/Alzheimer’s Ministry of the Diocese of Maine

Closing Weekend

The Rev. Joseph F. Kolowski,

Supply Priest, Diocese of WNY


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