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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Vermont Reads: An Afternoon with The Stardusters

Join us at Brookdale Filmore Pond for an afternoon of free Swing Music with The Stardusters, an 18-piece ensemble. presented by the John G. KcCullough Free Library, Brookdale Fillmore Pond and The Bennington AAUW chapter.

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Vermont Women and the Civil War

Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state’s military hospitals, and more. And at least one Vermont woman appears to have secretly enlisted and fought in a Vermont regiment!

Drawing from letters and diaries, Coffin tells their story in their own words, describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State.

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400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

New England’s longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals.

Hybrid Event

Dare to Dream

Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surmounting his early uncertainties and transforming into a world-renowned civil rights icon. Be reawakened and elevated with highlights from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land.”

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Elizabeth Powell: Words in the Woods

Elizabeth A.I. Powell is the author of three books of poems, most recently “Atomizer” (LSU Press). Her second book of poems, “Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances” was a “Books We Love 2016” by The New Yorker. Her novel, “Concerning the Holy Ghost’s Interpretation of JCrew Catalogues” was published in 2019 in the U.K. Recent poems appear in The New Republic, American Poetry Review, Women’s Review of Books, among others. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Northern Vermont University.

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Live Event

Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor

For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. In the U.S., the I.W.W (or Wobblies), which led the 1912 Bread and Roses strike, was especially known for its rousing and satirical songs, including the anthemic “Solidarity Forever.” Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930.

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Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the book “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era,” explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time.

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Live Event

Vermont Reads: Outright Vermont Youth-Centered Discussion

Join Outright Vermont as we explore the Vermont Reads book of the year Last Night at the Telegraph Club. This event will have discussion and activities that explore the themes of this book set in the 50s and how they are relevant today. Come share your ideas, opinions, and perspectives! This discussion is open to both youth who have and have not read the book.

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Live Event

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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Live Event

Catching People’s Stories

Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career.

This technique puts the focus on people, personal history, family stories, experiences, values and attitudes—ordinary people often doing extraordinary things.

This is a reflective talk on why people tell stories, what they mean to an individual, and examples of how they are used.

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Live Event

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as “farming for intellectuals,” with a particular emphasis on his new book, with Ross Conrad, and others, “The Land of Milk and Honey, a History of Beekeeping in Vermont.”

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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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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 2022, 38,188 people took part in our programs, and we held 677 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