Vermont Humanities

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Using the humanities, we connect with people across Vermont to create just, vibrant, and resilient communities and to inspire a lifelong love of learning.

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Featured Events

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Live Event

American Stories Across the Generations: Tuck Everlasting

This series focuses on the theme of relationships between children and older adults. This event will focus on the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

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Live Event

Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

Join the Brown Public Library as we discuss the 2023 Vermont Reads book: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Light refreshments will be served. We will meet in the Treehouse Pavilion behind the library with the possibility of moving inside in the case of inclement weather.

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Live Event

Retreat Farm: Farm Fest 2024

In celebration of the grand opening of the North Barn and Retreat Farm Market, we’re throwing a two-day party on the pasture with our favorite arts and cultural organizations, including the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, River Gallery School, New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater, Insight Photography, Inner Heat Yoga, Brattleboro Music Center, and Yellow Barn.

Join us for live music, yoga classes, guided walks, cheese tastings, aerial circus demonstrations, puppet performances, and more!

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Juneteenth Storytime

The Mad River Valley Libraries are holding a day of events for people of all ages to learn about and celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. The celebration kicks off with a special storytime at the Moretown Memorial Library at 10:30 am. Designed for children ages 0-5 with their caregivers and siblings, the program will include Juneteenth-themed picture books and crafts.

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Freedom Dreaming Art Creation Workshop

Inspired by the book “Freedom Dreams, The Black Radical Imagination” by Robin D.G. Kelley, the Freedom Dreaming Creation workshop provides space to explore our relationships to the idea of freedom. Through conversation, activity, and artistic creation, we imagine environments that can exist beyond our current realities. For freedom dreaming, all you need is love and your imagination. The workshop is led by Interdisciplinary Artivist, Educator, and Warren resident janet e. dandridge. For ages 14-adult. Part of the Mad River Valley Libraries’ Juneteenth Celebration Event Series.

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“On Juneteenth” Book Discussion

The Warren Public Library will host a discussion of the book “On Juneteenth” by Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed. Part history and part memoir, On Juneteenth demonstrates the significance of the holiday to the author and to the nation in a slim 128 pages. Copies of the book are available to check out and read in advance. Part of the Mad River Valley Libraries’ Juneteenth Celebration Event Series.

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Live Event

The Magic Toy Box

Kick off summer with creativity at this half-day camp for young people ages 4 through 6. Beloved teaching artist at The Flynn and schools across Vermont – Tracy Martin – takes children on a joyful journey of movement, storytelling, games, and performance made for and by kids.
Suggested fee: $100. Scholarships available. Siblings welcome!

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Modern Times Theater: The Perils of Mr. Punch

The library’s Summer Kickoff BBQ features Modern Times Theater with their live Punch and Judy show, updated for the 21st century. Allow Mr. Punch to remove your bad mood, in this absurdist delight for four out of the five senses. Watch as Judy tames unruly plumbing while avoiding the jaws of the carnivore du jour! It’s a melodrama of epically small proportions, and it’s so funny that you’ll forget to take out your phone for at least the first half hour. It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, as entertaining to the masses of today as it was three hundred years ago.

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Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont” traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. His story is told through letters in the collection at Rokeby Museum and documents at the North Carolina State Archives. The illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom.

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Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival.

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Live Event

Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

All are welcome to the John G. McCullough Free Library for a discussion of Malinda Lo’s Last Night at the Telegraph Club, the 2023 Vermont Reads selection. Refreshments will be available.

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Comics and Queerness in Vermont and Beyond

Vermont Cartoonist Laureate Tillie Walden presents a look at the intersection of indie comics with queer identity through her many graphic novels—from science fiction to memoir to historical retelling. Explore process and power through visual narrative and learn why comics are relevant to Vermonters and beyond.

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Our 2023 Project Grants supported The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Jukebox quartet partnership with Haitian/Vermont painter Julio Desmont for three concerts exploring migration and the intersection of art, geography, and history.

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Our Programs

Vermont Humanities has developed a broad range of programs that serves Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds.  In 2023, 68,529 people took part in our programs across the state, and we held 899 activities, either hosted by us or by our community partners.

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The Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities supports projects that focus on women writers. Anne (at far left) is shown with the cast of her play “Melody Sisters” in 1984.

The fund was created through a legacy gift of $125,000 from Anne’s estate, one of the largest individual gifts ever made to Vermont Humanities.

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Support Our Work

By giving to Vermont Humanities, you support education for people of all ages through early literacy programs, Humanities Camps for middle-school children, and programs held in libraries, community centers, schools, and correctional facilities.

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Vermont Humanities*** January 13, 2015