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VHC Events Caledonia

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November 3 — A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story. Abel Morrill, Sr., was an early settler of Cabot, Vermont. He was a respected farmer and maple sugar producer for much of the 19th century. His story reflects the hardship and heartbreak suffered by those who lived at the time of America’s greatest conflict, the Civil War. David Book’s portrayal of Abel Morrill profiles life before the war and life as it was affected by the war. Drawing on primary resources, Book’s monologue describes with historical accuracy life in mid-19th century Vermont and is a story that could be repeated by many families in every town in Vermont during this era. Hosted by the Hardwick Historical Society. Hardwick Historical Society, 47 Depot St, 7:30 pm. Elwyn Daniels, (802) 586-7565.

November 5 — The Buildings of Vermont. Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres looks beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

December 3 — Walking with the Great Apes. Three intrepid women—Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas—changed the way people understand animals’ lives. Bestselling author Sy Montgomery presents images from her travels to Gombe, Rwanda, and Borneo while researching her triple biography of this remarkable scientific sisterhood.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

January 7 — The White Mountain Huts. Dartmouth professor Allen Koop explains the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut system in New Hampshire, and how the huts and their people have formed a society with its own history, traditions, and legends.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

February 4 — The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam. Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of this 1300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East exacerbate the animosity.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

February 11 — Book Discussion: Paper Fish by Tina de Rosa. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

March 4 — Merton, Meditation, and More: The Appeal of Buddhism in the West. The Buddhist tradition is now well-established in the United States, among Buddhists and others, such as Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton, who engaged in Buddhism without conversion. Middlebury College religion professor Elizabeth Morrison considers the reasons for this great interest, and what has emerged from the West’s encounter with Buddhism.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

March 11 — Book Discussion: Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

April 1 — Homer’s Odyssey, Narratives of Return for Combat Veterans. Dartmouth Classics professor Roberta Stewart describes her work with veterans and examines what the story of Odysseus’s long journey home from war has to say to combat veterans, and to all of us.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

April 8 — Book Discussion: The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

May 6 — Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer. Actress and educator Sally Matson portrays Margaret Bourke-White, whose influential images of industry, war zones, and world leaders established her as a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

May 13 — Book Discussion: The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

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