As most Pagrovians know, the summer Chautauqua assemblies were a vital part of PG's history.
In response to a reference question, we've discovered that the Library has only one original program from these historic events: for the year 1914.
A quick search shows that the Heritage Society has five other programs (1879, 1895, 1898, 1912, 1923). Monterey Public Library has an 1890 program. And the Hopkins Marine Station has the 1892 program.
But that leaves many unaccounted for. If by chance you happen upon a pamphlet for The Pacific Coast Assembly or Summer School of Science or Chautauqua Assembly, please consider making a gift of it to the Library.
We promise to take good care of it, housing it in an archival sleeve, and keeping it in our Local History file cabinets that have recently had locks added, to safeguard items of local interest for future Pagrovians.
Meanwhile, our reference staff will make copies of any programs we can find. And eventually we would like to make digital copies available on the Library's website.
"Chautauqua - an assembly for education and entertainment of adults by lectures, concerts and other cultural activities."