Guild of Seven Seals


Recognition Day 2008   Welcome to our Web Site. We are the "Guild of Seven Seals" founded in 1887 at Chautauqua as the graduate level of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.  The Guild's motto is;
            To learn, to teach
                 to serve, to enjoy

   Our "Objective" as written at Chautauqua in 1887 is "To emphasize the spirit of the CLSC, to stimulate members to continue reading books, and following other lines of study offered by the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle"

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Guild of Seven Seals Winter Read Selected 2017

"The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown has been selected as the 2017 Winter Read by the Guild of Seven Seals. This title will be discussed during all of the Guild's 2017 meetings, along with book suggestions shared by Guild members present at the gathering.

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.

The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.


2017 Guild of Seven Seals Schedule

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