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November 2017

A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story

November 20
6:00 pm
Old Brick Church, East Montpelier
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Abel Morrill, Sr., was an early settler of Cabot, Vermont. His story reflects the hardship and heartbreak suffered by those who lived at the time of America’s greatest conflict, the Civil War. David Book’s portrayal of Abel Morrill profiles life before the war and life as it was affected by the war. Read More »

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Agatha Christie: Creator of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot

November 29
1:00 pm
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In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Read More »

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Mad Matt the Democrat

November 29
6:00 pm
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In this talk, Vincent Feeney discusses Matthew Lyon— indentured servant, Green Mountain Boy, son-in-law to Thomas Chittenden, land speculator, entrepreneur, and one of the most colorful characters in Vermont's early years. Read More »

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POP Goes History: What Coca Cola Tells Us about American History

November 29
7:00 pm
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The Coca Cola logo is recognized by 94% of the global population, making it the world’s most recognizable trademark. Both the logo and the product are so thoroughly identified with the United States that for many people Coke is the symbol of America. In this multimedia talk, Castleton professor Sanjukta Ghosh will explore three major themes about the brand's influence. Read More »

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December 2017

Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

December 5
7:00 pm
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Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. 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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The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

December 9
4:00 pm
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What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? This program with William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion, and political theory. Read More »

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The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

December 11
7:00 pm
Maclure Library, Pittsford
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Where did our pride in Vermont’s landscape come from, and why is it that we see our shared identity as rooted in the land? This lecture by historian Jill Mudgett offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our strongly held attachments to the Vermont landscape. Read More »

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Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

December 13
7:00 pm
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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. Read More »

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Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

December 14
6:00 pm
Image from Way Down East film

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. 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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Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

December 16
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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In his music and writing, Woody Guthrie chronicled the devastation of the 1930s dust storms and the Great Depression, championing the dispossessed and economic and social justice. This presentation by Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie’s life and legacy. Read More »

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