Fall Conference 2019

“Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations” in Burlington Nov. 15-16. With author Kiese Laymon and Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh.

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Wed 18

VA Combat Veterans Book Group 2019

September 18
5:00 pm
VHC's Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other, build relationships, read insightful materials, and share experiences. The group’s explorations include books, poetry, articles, and short stories, with the goal of fostering camaraderie and a safe space to reflect and share ideas and questions. Open to all veterans who served in combat. Read More »
Wed 18

From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small-Boat Traditions

September 18
6:00 pm
The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. However, the traditions of small-boat building from throughout our state have remained untold. In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »
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Thu 19

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

September 19
1:00 pm
Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites. Read More »
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Thu 19

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

September 19
6:30 pm
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. Read More »
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