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January 2020

Visible in Vermont: Our Stories Our Voices Milton Exhibit

January 13 – January 24

This multi-generational photo and story exhibit highlights the experiences of people of color living and going to school in Vermont—telling their own stories and conveying the impact of racism on their lives. Open to the public. Presented by the Root Social Justice Center and supported by a VHC grant. Read More »

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Visible in Vermont: Our Stories Our Voices Quechee Exhibit

January 20 – January 31
Quechee Library, Quechee

This multi-generational photo and story exhibit highlights the experiences of people of color living and going to school in Vermont—telling their own stories and conveying the impact of racism on their lives. Presented by the Root Social Justice Center and supported by a VHC grant. Read More »

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Vermont Women and the Civil War

January 23
7:00 pm
Image of woman

Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. Read More »

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“That the People May Live”: The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota

January 23
7:00 pm
Black Elk with his wife and family

This lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks. Damian Costello begins with Black Elk’s Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War. Read More »

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Visible in Vermont Panel Discussion

January 25
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Quechee Library, Quechee

Visible in Vermont is a multi-generational photo and story exhibit that highlights the experiences of people of color living and going to school in Vermont—telling their own stories and conveying the impact of racism on their lives. This panel discussion about the exhibit includes Asma Elhuni, Jarvis Green, Kale Camara, and Alicia Maddox. Presented by the Root Social Justice Center and supported by a VHC grant. Read More »

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From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

January 25
1:30 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Music was essential to the movement; each state convention of suffragists began and ended with songs. Radtke also traces the movement 's alignment with other social justice initiatives such as temperance, labor conditions, wage equity, peace, and children's welfare. Read More »

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A History of the Concept of Race

January 26
2:00 pm
Image of multiple faces combined

The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth, How did such a bizarre distinction among groups of people develop into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world? Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today. Read More »

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Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

January 30
1:30 pm
Image from Way Down East film

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age. Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips ranging chronologically from 1919’s Way Down East to 2005’s Thank You for Smoking. Read More »

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February 2020

The Year of Mystery: Brown Bag Mystery Novels

February 1 – February 29

Revisit a classic mystery or discover a new favorite when you borrow a mystery novel wrapped in brown paper from a special themed display at the McCullough Library in February. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

February 3
4:00 pm

Part of the Based on Real Life series. One biography each year is awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but these character studies wouldn't count—each is a Pulitzer-winning work of fiction, with portions based on one person's real-life story. Read More »

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