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In our latest Before Your Time podcast episode with the Vermont Historical Society, we explore queer lives and queer histories in Vermont.

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Wed 17

Book Discussion: La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl by David Huddle

July 17
7:00 pm
Part of the Portraits of the Artists series. These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »
Wed 17

Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

July 17
7:00 pm
Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Read More »
Thu 18

Book Discussion: The Underground Railroad by Raymond Bial

July 18
7:00 pm
This series features recent Pulitzer Prize-winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. Read More »
Fri 19

Vermont History through Song

July 19
7:30 pm
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. Read More »