The story of Chautauqua, which embraces also the story of its predecessor. The Lyoeum and the influence on the originators and origins of Chautauqua. The men who developed the idea, the early organization, speakers, programs, the foreshadowings of later developments, the religious core of the place, its spirit and its growth. The cultural expansion and the Circuit, -- this constitutes a picture of a homely of learning, of the success of informal education. Loyal members have proved its worth.