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March 2021

*DIGITAL* Various Useless and Pleasing Things: Crafty Children in the Nineteenth Century

Painting of children working on crafts in the 1800s

Crafts for children as an activity were invented in the decades after the Civil War. Saint Michael’s professor Maura D'Amore shares scenes of planning, cutting, pasting, and constructing from the 1860s and 1870s that show a new appreciation for guided childhood tinkering. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington

March 24
6:30 pm
Image of painting of black soldier on horseback.

Most Vermonters might be surprised that among the 30 men killed at the Battle of Bennington was a Black man, Sipp Ives, a member of Seth Warner’s Continental regiment of Green Mountain Boys. And Ives was not the only patriot of African descent who played a role in the fighting and its aftermath. Read More »

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April 2021

*DIGITAL* When the Bicycle Came to Vermont

Frank Lane Bicycles in Burlington, 1901

UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s—helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas. Read More »

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May 2021

*DIGITAL* In Loco Parentis

Shadows of people fighting

Documentary filmmakers James Sanchez and Joel Fendelman explore the history of rape, sexual assault, and cover-up at a prestigious New England boarding school, while unpacking the cultural and social dynamics that lead to administrators protecting their institutions over the safety of their students. Read More »

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“These Old Tunes are Good Enough for Me”: Harold Luce, the Story of a Vermont Fiddler

May 23
2:00 pm
Bridgewater Grange Hall, Bridgewater Corners
Image of Harold Luce

Harold “Chuck” Luce (1918-2014) grew up in Chelsea, and would become one of the premier traditional “Yankee” fiddlers of his generation. Adam Boyce, one of Luce’s many pupils, shares photos, audio recordings, and personal recollections of Harold, and also plays a few favorite tunes that he learned from him. Read More »

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