Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications


Week_6_Patterson1048The Lakesider newspaper has been informing the Lakeside Chautauqua community for generations. The Lakeside News began printing in 1883, after the Board of Trustees assigned the Rev. Dr. Elvero Person the duty of serving as the newspapers’ first editor.

The Lakeside newspaper has grown and changed over the years alongside the Chautauqua community. Below are some facts you may not know about the Lakesider newspaper:

  1. Lakeside was ten years old when the first issue of the monthly paper appeared, dated May 1883.
  2. The original publication was known as The Lakeside News, and was noted as “A journal devoted to the interests of summer meeting.”
  3. The original newspaper was kept in business by subscribers and advertisers throughout Toledo, Sandusky, Lakeside and Mount Vernon, Ohio.
  4. The original newspaper published steamer and railroad timetables, as well as lists of board of directors, committee members. It also included articles about the programming at Lakeside.
  5. The Lakeside Newshad a wide reach, especially in June 1884, with more than 10,000 copies mailed to school teachers around Ohio for the Ohio Teacher’s Association meeting that was to be held in Lakeside.

Throughout history, the Lakesider newspaper has served as a resource to inform the community about daily programs, announcements and stories from families and friends visiting Lakeside. Today, the Lakesider is a free weekly newspaper distributed throughout the Chautauqua summer season.

What has been your favorite article in the newspaper? What do you read first when you receive the paper at Lakeside? What is the most important information that you find in the newspaper? Tell us in the comments below.