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August 2016

The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue

August 31
6:30 pm
Image of boat sinking

Author Michael Tougias tells the story of the historic rescue of 70 sailors on two sinking ships during a 1952 blizzard off the coast of New England. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Before I Say Goodbye by Ruth Picardie

August 31
7:00 pm
Dover Free Library, East Dover

Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The following memoirs use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »

September 2016

Off Target: What Hollywood, Journalists and Shooters Get Wrong About Guns

September 1
7:00 pm
Image of two western gunmen

Without getting into a discussion about what we should or shouldn’t do about the issue of ‘guns,’ Mark Timney’s lecture and Q&A session will instead examine how our perceptions of firearms have been distorted by media and folklore. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

September 6
7:00 pm

Pulitzer-winning nonfiction writers have at times looked beyond the world's current era. Instead, the titles in this series explore humanity's relationship to forces beyond its control, such as evolution, disease, and the planet’s fragile ecosystems. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson

September 8
6:30 pm
Quechee Library, Quechee

The books in this series, comprised of Pulitzer-winning reporting and research, reveal facts and stories that continue to be relevant years after they were brought to the surface. Read More »

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Book Discussion: America’s Great War: World War I and the American Experience by Robert H. Zieger

September 8
7:00 pm

The titles in this series, including three Pulitzer winners, examine America's fighting stance through the First and Second World Wars. Read More »

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The First Arsenal of Democracy: “High-Tech” in the Connecticut Valley, 1795-1900

September 8
7:00 pm
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In this illustrated lecture, historian and museum curator Carrie Brown explores the role of the Connecticut Valley, with an emphasis on Vermont, in developing gunmaking technology that changed American life. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

September 10
9:00 am
Memorial Building, Hardwick

Part of the International Migrations series. To or from the United States, spanning India, Cuba, Greece, and Ireland, this series of Pulitzer-winning works spotlights characters in the midst of broader migrations. Read More »

The Many Meanings of Maple

September 10
2:00 pm
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Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont. Read More »

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The Endurance Screening

September 11
4:00 pm
Image of Ernest Shackleton

Using film footage from Frank Hurley, a member of the Endurance expedition, George Butler presents a film about Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antarctic journey in 1914. Read More »

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