Did you know that Lakeside Chautauqua is celebrating 150 years next year? The summer-long celebration of Lakeside’s rich cultural, historical, and religious heritage will bring the community together to honor the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future.

The Sesquicentennial Steering Committee and various subcommittees, comprised of 40 volunteers and Lakeside staff members, have been meeting monthly since August 2021 to formulate plans for this milestone celebration. In addition to pursuing entertainers and speakers, the group is planning a book publication, timeline display, heritage trail with key Lakeside sites, and the most recent plan coming to fruition, a documentary produced by WGTE.

WGTE, a PBS television station based in Toledo, Ohio, is known as a center of learning and education, featuring local news, entertainment, and information and educational programs. The 30-minute documentary to be released in May or June 2023, will include the history of Lakeside, interviews with the community, and will be narrated by longtime Lakesider and “CBS News” Correspondent Steve Hartman.

As you visit Lakeside this summer, you may see WGTE filming scenes across the grounds and interviewing Lakesiders.

Exciting things are happening in Lakeside this season to prepare for the Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2023. If you’d like to get involved, submit programming and celebration suggestions to communications@lakesideohio.com and consider joining the Lakeside Chautauqua Sesquicentennial Society by giving $150 to celebrate 150 years.

By making a commitment to give an additional gift of $150 twice in 2022 and once in 2023 for a total of $450, you can help Lakeside plan its season-long celebration without additional fees and impinging on an already tight budget. To join the Sesquicentennial Society, visit lakesideohio.com/today and select “Restricted – Lakeside150.”