Quaker House at Chautauqua

Quaker House is located on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Chautauqua Institution is “a community of artists, educators, thinkers, faith leaders, and friends dedicated to exploring the best in humanity.” It was also home (in 1900) to the formation of Friends General Conference. Quaker House was founded by a committee of eight people representing two yearly meetings and five monthly meetings. The house has five bedrooms and a large multipurpose space that can be a worship space, dining room, and living room. Seasonal programs have included worship sharing, meeting for worship, conversations, and open houses. Friends-in-residence provide hospitality during the nine-week season. Before the season (mid-May to mid-June) and after (end of August to mid-October), the house is available to rent for retreats, meetings, and other Friendly activities. The mission statement of Quaker House is the following: “At the intersection of Chautauqua Institution and the Quaker Faith, we have found a source of the living water. We invite others to this place.” This year Quaker House gained 501(c)(3) status. Its outreach continues to grow, with many Chautauquans looking forward to worshiping at Quaker House, even though they attend other churches in their hometowns.


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