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Religion is at the roots of the very founding of the Chautauqua Institution 139 years ago.  Today, people of all faiths are welcome and their religious traditions are celebrated at Chautauqua.  WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott has more on this, plus a preview of Week Three.

The Chautauqua Institution was founded by Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent as an educational experiment where Sunday school teachers came to learn.

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Week two of the Chautauqua Institution focuses on what voters need to know about this year's presidential election.  And as WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, the Chautauqua Symphony celebrates Independence Day with its traditional pops concert.

Back in the 1920s, the New York Symphony would spend its summers at Chautauqua.  But when that ended in 1928, it was decided the Institution would create its own symphony orchestra.  And musicians have been performing ever since. 

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 You might say the first week of Chautauqua Institution lecture series  Friday, was filled with the “Sound of Music.” 

Thousands of visitors flocked to to hear a conversation and selections with award-winning actress and singer Julie Andrews. 

Andrews is also an author of children’s book. She was joined by her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, also an children’s book author. 

Andrews is well-known for her popular early roles as Mary Poppins in 1964 and as Maria von Trapp in the Sound of Music that debut in 1965.

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The 139th season of the Chautauqua Institution is underway.  The nine-week season is expected to attract 170,000 visitors. 

Chautauqua is truly unique -- a place where visitors spend their summer vacation learning and expanding their horizons.   The community is bustling with the start of the summer season.  Chautauqua President Tom Becker likens it to the excitement students and teachers experience each year on the first day of school.