About the Vermont Humanities CouncilBecause Ideas Matter
It’s well-known that Vermont is one of the whitest states in the Union. And so the stories of African American Vermonters can sometimes get forgotten, no matter how important they have been to our state’s and our nation’s history.
We had a lot of fun editing clips from our programs in 2019 into a short year-end video. We revisited John Lewis’ and Andrew Aydin’s trip to Burlington in October, our Fall Conference, Humanities Camps, First Wednesdays, the Before Your Time podcast series, and more.
Vermont Humanities has named Jason Barney, a social studies teacher at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, as its 2019 Humanities Educator of the Year.
Vermont Humanities will examine the most human of quests – the search for home – at its 46th annual fall conference, which will be held on November 15-16 at the University of Vermont’s Dudley H. Davis Center.
Many different groups of people, from many different continents, have helped build our state. But from the 19th century through 2019, the stories of immigrants have largely been excluded from the popular image of Vermont.
It’s a shame that some of the things we record get edited out of our stories. So here’s an episode of lost clips: bike whistles, pewter purists, halfway houses on the border, needlework, and the grave of “Vermont’s Donald Trump.”
Vermont Humanities recently gave a $2,000 grant to Historic New England to support the “More than a Market” project, which will explore the experiences of new Americans through the stories of past and present-day food markets owned by immigrants.
Queer lives and queer histories in Vermont were often kept private for good reason: the fear of losing one’s job, home, or family. The fear of violence. But it’s important to know that LGBTQ people are here, have always been here, and are part of the state’s history.
It can seem like every town in Vermont once had a pharmacist brewing their own special blend of medicine. Some of these cures were derived from herbal folk remedies. Others were created from a lot of alcohol, some food coloring, and a pinch of carefully honed hokum.
The Waterbury Public Library’s Vermont Reads events have included a field trip to the Flynn Center, a cartooning workshop, a book discussion, and two Speakers Bureau talks from the Vermont Humanities catalogue.
The Vermont Humanities Council seeks nominations for the seventeenth annual Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award, given to a Vermont teacher who demonstrates excellence in the teaching of the humanities.
For seventeen years Ali White has been the weaver of the First Wednesdays tapestry. Working with now-retired Executive Director Peter Gilbert, she began a pilot project at one library in 2002 that bloomed into one of our flagship programs.