The Chautauqua Salute handkerchief
Collection — Object: 1
21" x 21" fabric square used by a local interpreting organization at a workshop to explain the history of waving a handkerchief to signal applause from a deaf audience. The square is an off-white color with black lettering which tells the story of the history of how the salute came about.
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Biographical Information on Chautuaqua Salute
The Chautauqua Salute, originated by Bishop Vincent in 1877 at the Chautauqua Institute in New York State, when he suddenly realized that a deaf-mute lecturer could not hear the applause of the thousands in attendance. Vincent suggested that the audience wave white handkerchiefs, an activity since known as “the blooming of the white lilies.” Today the salute is reserved for rare occasions and is given only at the signal of the platform chairman.
1 Item(s) (One archival bag)
Collection is a 21" x 21" fabric square used by a local interpreting organization at a workshop to explain the history of waving a handkerchief to signal applause from a deaf audience.
Collection is one item.
C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 420 - housed in the NTID/DSA ephemera collection, Box 1, Folder 16
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection was donated to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive in August 2017 by Linda Siple.
Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in 2017.
- The Chautauqua Salute napkin
- RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
- Jody Sidlauskas
- 18 September 2017
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