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November 5 — Vermont History through Song. Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history, using the songs Vermonters published in their communities. Hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Lamoille Valley. Morrisville, River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., 1:30 pm. Millie Marron, (802) 253-9011.

Orange

July 17 — One Regiment’s Story in the Civil War: The Ninth Vermont, 1862–1865. From guarding Confederate prisoners incarcerated at Camp Douglas, Illinois, to the woods of coastal North Carolina and finally to the gates of Richmond, the Ninth Vermont Regiment earned a reputation of being well-disciplined and steadfast under fire. Although lacking the renown of other Vermont units, it represented the state well throughout its history. Civil War historian Donald Wickman offers listeners tales of the ninth Vermont, highlighted by the stories of some of the 1,878 Vermonters who comprised it, as it became one of the most traveled regiments in the Federal army. Hosted by the Blake Memorial Library. East Corinth, Blake Memorial Library, 676 Village Road, 6:30 pm. Ken Linge, (802) 439-5338.

July 23 — Book Discussion: Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the George Peabody Library. Post Mills, George Peabody Library, 7922 Route 113, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.

August 6 — Book Discussion: Minaret by Leila Aboulela. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Jean Gerber. Hosted by the George Peabody Library. Post Mills, George Peabody Library, 7922 Route 113, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785 -4361.

August 13 — Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot. Part of the B.I.G. (Big, Intense, Good) series. Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative— can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them—and the rewards are many. Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Kimball Public Library. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073.

August 15 — The Roaring '20s in Fox Trot Tempo. Perhaps more than any other decade, the history of the 1920s is captured in the popular music of the day. From Lindbergh to Ford's Model A, from the Scopes Trial to the Florida land boom and the crossword puzzle craze, the music of the 1920s tells the story. This lecture by Martin Bryan traces historical events, from the sublime to the ridiculous, and illustrates them with archival recordings. Hosted by the West Fairlee Historical Society. West Fairlee, Congregational Church, 954 Vt Rte 113, 7:00 pm. Bonnie Cray, (802) 333-9655.

August 17 — The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer. Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies, and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Hosted by the Order of the Eastern Star. Brookfield, Masonic Lodge, 21 East St, 2:00 pm. Beverly Tucker, (802) 485-7436.

August 20 — 1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont’s Political (and Cultural) History. In 1964, the Republican Party lost its tight-fisted grasp on Vermont politics, starting the swing of the political pendulum from Vermont as bastion of conservative republicanism to a state with a highly diversified political climate featuring progressive and even radical politics. Novelist Deborah Luskin, whose extensive research into the politics of mid-century Vermont was undertaken in the writing of Into the Wilderness, a love story that takes place against the two major political events of that year, shows how the shift is more complex and more nuanced than mere politics. Hosted by the Brookfield Free Public Library. Brookfield, Old Town Hall, 93 Stone Rd, 7:00 pm. Laura Rochat, (802) 276-3358.

September 10 — Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot. Part of the B.I.G. (Big, Intense, Good) series. Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative— can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them—and the rewards are many. Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Kimball Public Library. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073.

Orleans

July 28–August 1Time Travelers Camp. Grant Event. Children aged eight to twelve will explore local history at the museum via site study, role playing, handskills, and journaling. Fee $140; some scholarships available. Brochure and registration forms at oldstonehousemuseum.org. Presented by Old Stone House Museum and supported by a VHC grant. Brownington, Old Stone House Museum. Susanna Bowman, 802.754.2022.

July 29 — Book Discussion: Affliction by Russell Banks. Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Led by Jon Margolis. Hosted by the Glover Public Library. Glover Public Library, 51 Bean Hill Rd, 6:30 pm. Toni Eubanks, (802) 525-4365.

August 3 — Clarina Howard Nichols and the Campaign for Women's Rights in the 1850s. Clarina Howard Nichols is known among Vermont historians as an early advocate of women's rights and the first woman to address the Vermont Legislature. What drove her to the Vermont Statehouse and later to the Kansas Constitutional Convention Hall of 1859? How did she confront the social taboos against women speaking in public? This program, by Lyn Blackwell, will explore the origins of Nichols' extraordinary political career and her relationship with the broader campaign for women's rights in the 1850s. Hosted by the Orleans County Historical Society. Brownington Village Church, Hinman Settler Road, 3:00 pm. Amy Palaia, (802) 754 -2022.

August 18–24 — Writer's Forum. Grant Event. Fifteen established writers and teachers as well as a host of aspirants and students examine the theme of "Tradition and The Craft of Writing" through workshops, colloquia, and readings. Hosted by the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency and supported by a VHC grant. Greensboro, Lakeview Inn, 295 Breezy Ave. Charles McAteer, (802) 533-7487 or charles.mcateer@greensboroartsalliance.com.

August 26 — Book Discussion: A Brother's Blood by Michael White. Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Led by Jon Margolis. Hosted by the Glover Public Library. Glover Public Library, 51 Bean Hill Rd, 6:30 pm. Toni Eubanks, (802) 525-4365.

September 30 — Book Discussion: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson. Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Led by Jon Margolis. Hosted by the Glover Public Library. Hosted by the Glover Public Library. Glover Public Library, 51 Bean Hill Rd, 6:30 pm. Toni Eubanks, (802) 525-4365.

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