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Upcoming Events


Mon 23

Book Discussion: The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams

April 23
7:30 pm
Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. 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 »
Tue 24

Race at Ground Zero: Integration in Leland, Mississippi

April 24
7:00 pm
Pulitzer-winning historian and filmmaker Douglas Blackmon speaks about and offers a sneak peek of his documentary film The Harvest. It looks at the failure of public school integration and its relation to our nation's current racial turmoil, as seen through the eyes of people born in 1964 in his hometown of Leland, Mississippi—the state’s first students to attend integrated classrooms from K to 12. Read More »
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Tue 24

Book Discussion: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

April 24
7:00 pm
Part of the Family History series. The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »
Wed 25

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

April 25
1:00 pm
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. 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. Read More »
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