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Reading Frederick Douglass

Participatory readings of his Independence Day speech. Learn more.

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Speakers Bureau

Host a thought-provoking program in your town! View our catalogue.

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Vermont Reads 2018

“Bread and Roses, Too” by Katherine Paterson. Learn more.

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Designed for specific underserved and at-risk audiences. Learn more.

Upcoming Events


Tue 19

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

June 19
7:00 pm
Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Read More »
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Wed 20

Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness

June 20
7:00 pm
Former Scenic America President and TED talk lecturer Ed McMahon, who holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, highlights the importance of a sense of place and explores why our physical surroundings are worth caring about. Read More »
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Thu 21

Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

June 21
7:00 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 »
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Thu 21

“Reading” Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

June 21
7:00 pm
In developing their towns, early Vermont settlers created a wide range of things that spoke to their values, backgrounds, skills, and cultural attitudes. William Hosley demonstrates how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont. Read More »
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