Vermont’s Great Turkey Drives (11-24-10)

In anticipation of the Annual National Day of Listening this Friday, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert retells a story that he thinks should not be forgotten—especially around Thanksgiving. When he first told it, some people wondered if such a funny story could really be true. But it is.

John Gilbert Winant (11-15-10)

The recent election decided who’ll be governor of New Hampshire for the next two years. And that reminds commentator Peter Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council, of a former New Hampshire governor who deserves to be better known.

Lincoln’s Beard (10-15-10)

And now, today’s commentary, from Peter Gilbert, who is executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council. He tells a wonderful, true story from the tense days before the secession of South Carolina and then other Southern states and the onset of the Civil War. It’s of charming childhood meeting presidential greatness.

Frost and the Census (9-29-10)

The current census has reminded commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert of a poignant autumnal poem by Robert Frost entitled “The Census-Taker,” which speaks to the sad state of northern New England roughly a hundred years ago.

Remembering the Blitz (9-2-10)

The word blitz has many meanings. Next week, we observe the 70th anniversary of one of them. Here’s commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert to explain.

Women Get the Vote (8-17-10)

Recently, a high school history teacher showed commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert a photocopy of a page from the town records of New Haven, Vermont. The teacher uses the document in her class . . . and here’s Peter to tell you why.