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March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events

Wed 21

VA Women’s Care Center Veterans Book Group

August 21
5:00 pm
This series is open to all women who have served in the U.S. military. Participants receive free copies of all readings, and a light dinner will be provided at each session. The group is free, but pre-registration is required. Read More »
Wed 21

That the People May Live: The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota

August 21
6:30 pm
This lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c. 1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks. Author and ethnographer Damian Costello begins with Black Elk’s Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War. Read More »
Wed 21

Vermont Women and the Civil War

August 21
7:00 pm
Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains how, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. Read More »
Sat 24

Sailing Towards My Father

August 24
2:00 pm
Sailing Towards My Father is a one-man play written and directed by Carl A. Rossi and performed by professional actor Stephen Collins, who has portrayed a number of historical figures. The play is about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick. Read More »