Vermont Humanities Events
April 1–30 — PoemCity 2014. Grant Event. This fifth annual city-wide celebration of poetry honors National Poetry month. Poems are displayed in windows around town and at the library, and lectures, workshops, and readings are offered involving professional and amateur poets. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and supported by a VHC grant. Montpelier, various locations. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338, poemcityvt.wordpress.com.
May 4 — Meet Eleanor Roosevelt: Wife, Mother, and First Lady. Actress Elena Dodd brings life to Eleanor Roosevelt in this one-woman drama and historical interpretation of the four decades of her marriage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, including her adventures as a controversial First Lady in the 1930s and 1940s but not forgetting her roles as mother and grandmother to a large, lively family. With a frank, often humorous look at some of her struggles, she recalls her years as a timid young wife and mother; her growing involvement in politics, social issues, and the media as first lady; and her gradual emergence as an independent force in both private and public life. A dialogue with the audience follows the presentation, which was researched and written by Josephine Lane and Elena Dodd. Hosted by the Waterbury Public Library. Waterbury, American Legion Waterbury Post 59, 16 Stowe St, 2:00 pm. Elise Werth, (802) 244 -7036.
May 7 — The Wyeths: First Family of American Art. Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg discusses the Wyeths—N. C. (1882–1945), Andrew (1917–2009), and Jamie (b. 1946)—and offers new perspectives on these three painters who have shaped the way Americans view their world.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, 7:00 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.
May 8 — Vermont Prepares: Disaster Planning for Archival Records. Grant Event. This day-long workshop offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center is designed for staff at institutions that maintain historical records. Participants will learn to develop emergency plans for their institutions. $25, pre-registration required at http://www.nedcc.org/preservation-training/vermont-program Hosted by the Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board and supported by a VHC gran.. Barre, Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington St. Kim O'Leary, (978) 470 -1010 x226, email@example.com.
July 30 — Inventive Vermonters: A Sampling of Farm Tools and Implements. Vermonters have always been inventive, especially when it comes to agricultural innovations. Time- and labor-saving inventions that ease the hard work of farming have always been important in our rural, agricultural state. In this illustrated lecture, retired engineer Paul Wood presents a sampling of farm tools, implements, and artifacts invented or produced in Vermont, examining their use, uniqueness of design, and the often fascinating stories of the inventors themselves. Hosted by the Waterbury Historical Society. Waterbury Center Community Church, 3582 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, 7:30 pm. Cindy Parks, (802) 585-4913.