Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Billboards Promote Preservation of Historic N.Y. Venue

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Billboards Promote Preservation of Historic N.Y. Venue

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Five billboards that promote preservation of a historic, open- air amphitheater were unveiled Monday in Chautauqua, N.Y. by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

"We want to provide the opportunity for people to get a little more information and engage in the conversation about the amphitheater," said Alicia Leuba, a field director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is based in Washington, D.C.

Last November, Tom Becker, president of Chautauqua Institution, said the nonprofit, which has raised nearly $30 million from donors, plans to demolish the wooden amphitheater and build a replica of it with modern amenities. Over the past four years, Chautauqua's leaders had referred to the project as a historic rehabilitation. The only historic element that would be saved is the Massey Organ and loft. In January, Chautauqua announced that it would defer its decision on the amphitheater until August.

During the nine-week summer season, about 100,000 people pass through the gates of the 750-acre compound on the shores of Lake Chautauqua to attend theater, opera, live music and topical lectures, said George Murphy, a spokesman for Chautauqua Institution. …

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