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Vermont Reads 2019

March: Book One by civil rights icon John Lewis. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events

Fri 19

Women Veterans Book Group 2018

October 19
12:30 pm
Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to explore books, poetry, articles, and short stories, with the goal of fostering camaraderie and a safe space to reflect and share ideas and questions. Participants receive free copies of all readings. Open to all US military women veterans. The group is free, but pre-registration is required. Read More »
Sat 20

Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

October 20
2:00 pm
Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well-represented in this elite group of marksmen. Read More »
Sat 20

The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

October 20
7:30 pm
Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. Where did our pride in Vermont’s landscape come from, and why is it that we see our shared identity as rooted in the land? Historian Jill Mudgett offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our own strongly held attachments to the Vermont landscape. Read More »
Sun 21

Book Discussion: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

October 21
1:30 pm
This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Read More »