Chautauquas were held annually in Fernie from 1918 to the late 1920s. Chautauqua was a travelling institution begun at Chautauqua Lake, NY with roots in Canadian Methodist Temperance rallies.  Chautauquas carried education, inspiration and entertainment across North America. John M. Erickson brought the idea from the US to Alberta in 1917. He established Dominion Chautauquas (Canadian Chautauquas after…

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