First Wednesdays Newport

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Goodrich Memorial Library

202 Main Street • Library phone: 802.334.7902


Newport Schedule (pdf)  • 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month

October 2
Building Monticello
Thomas Jefferson never knew the Monticello we visit today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Jefferson died so deeply in debt that his surviving child was forced to auction off the house and contents. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Sponsor: The Preservation Trust of Vermont
November 6
Stark Decency: German POWs in a New England Village
Historian Allen Koop tells the story of New Hampshire’s only World War II prisoner-of-war camp, describing how prisoners, guards, and ordinary people in the tiny northern village of Stark turned bitter division into camaraderie.
December 4
Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Author Reeve Lindbergh discusses collecting four decades of her mother’s previously unpublished diaries and letters—shedding light on her mother’s marriage to Charles Lindbergh and her take on world events. Sponsor: Passumpsic Savings Bank Member FDIC
January 8
The British Monarchy from Victoria to Elizabeth II

How has the monarchy survived the last 175 years? What is its political importance today? Middlebury College professor Paul Monod discusses the evolution of the monarchy as an institution.

February 5
An Evening of George Gershwin

In this performance lecture, pianist Michael Arnowitt explores the music and era of George Gershwin and performs An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, among other compositions.

March 5
The Costumes of Downton Abbey
Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey.
April 2
Rumrunners and Revenuers

Smuggling along the Vermont/Quebec border has been a problem since the border was first formed. Northland Journal publisher Scott Wheeler explores the history of smuggling on the border, with particular emphasis on alcohol smuggling during Prohibition. Sponsor: The Preservation Trust of Vermont.

May 7
Classic Films of Hollywood
Using clips from twelve of his favorite films, film expert Rick Winston considers some of the elements of classic films from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including writing, acting, direction, and cinematography. Sponsor: Stanstead College
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries
Program Sponsor:
Passumpsic Savings Bank Member FDIC
The Preservation Trust of Vermont

Stanstead College
Library Sponsors:
Community National Bank
Bill and Nancy Cook
Newport Renaissance Corporation


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