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The Many Meanings of Maple

March 3
1:00 pm

Thompson Center
Image of postcard of maple syrup gathering

This presentation examines the many meanings of maple sugaring. Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont. Rather than discussing the practical aspects of sugaring, such as how to tap a tree or how an evaporator works, his talk focuses on how and why maple has become so important to Vermont’s identity, and how and why it helps us shape who we are as Vermonters.


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Pam Butler
(802) 457-3277


Thompson Center
99 Senior Lane
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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