Staff Picks: Our Favorite Moments from 2020

Vermont Humanities staffers share their favorite moments from this sad, strange, and sometimes uplifting year. Includes clips from our Words in the Woods, First Wednesdays, Speakers Bureau, and Vermont Reads programs.

Words in the Woods with Poet Judith Chalmer

Enjoy the fall colors of New Discovery State Park and the poetry of Judith Chalmer in this Words in the Woods video, recorded when foliage was near its peak. Chalmer reads from her latest collection, “Minnow,” including some poems that were inspired by visits to Vermont state parks.

Meg Mott on the 19th Amendment

To kick off our Fall Conference 2020, professor Meg Mott considers two visions for the women’s suffrage movement, and describes the path to the 19th Amendment.

Women’s Suffrage: Moral Advancement or Politics as Usual?

The suffrage movement operated under two very different principles. Elizabeth Cady Stanton saw women’s suffrage as a right that had been unfairly denied to women, while Frederick Douglass saw women’s suffrage as a means to save the country’s soul.

Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

Video: Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse, which is tied up with the idea of Vermont identity, the relationship between humans and animals, and the creation of American myth.

Words in the Woods with Poet James Crews

Video: Poet James Crews, author of “Bluebird,” reads from and discusses his poetry at Jamaica State Park for our Words in the Woods series. He also shares writing prompts for those inspired by his words.

Words in the Woods with James Crews

Poet James Crews reads and discusses his poetry at Jamaica State Park for our Words in the Woods series. He offers several writing prompts for those inspired by his words.