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April 2017

Vermont’s Musical Ladies

April 29
2:00 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts. Read More »


The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

April 30
2:00 pm
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According to the medieval Icelandic sagas, a Viking woman, Gudrid, came to the New World 500 years before Columbus. Author Nancy Marie Brown tells how more and more of Gudrid’s story, once considered myth, is being proved true by recent archaeological digs in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland. Read More »

May 2017

John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable!

May 3
7:00 pm
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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that John Quincy Adams "took his tea with sulfuric acid." Perhaps he did, but he also wrote poetry, loved theater, opera, and good wine and company; he held informed views on a myriad of subjects. Actor Jim Cooke portrays him in the last decade of a remarkable life. Read More »


Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

May 6
11:00 am
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In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s Read More »


The Western Abenaki: History and Culture

May 7
2:00 pm
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Who were the native people of Vermont and how did they live? This lecture, by Jeanne Brink, examines the importance in Abenaki society of elders and children, the environment, and the continuance of lifeways and traditions. Read More »


Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

May 9
6:30 pm
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Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites. Read More »


Classic Films of the 1950s

May 10
10:30 am
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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Rick Winston will show clips from several acclaimed films of various genres from the 1950s and discuss their significance. Read More »


Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont

May 10
7:00 pm
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The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state’s settlement, development, culture and politics. But Vermonters weren’t always eager to have good roads. Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin asks how, given Vermont’s historic resistance to road building, we now drive cars everywhere in the state and in all weather. Read More »


Weimar Germany and the Rise of the Third Reich

May 11
6:30 pm
Enosburgh Public Library, Enosburg Falls
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Defeated, humiliated, and in chaos, Germany after World War I was imperiled by leftist revolution and right-wing violence. Jack Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of Ernst Werner Techow. Read More »


The Hollywood Blacklist

May 11
6:30 pm
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Film expert Rick Winston will explore the origins of the blacklist in Hollywood’s labor unrest and what led to its ultimate end, showing clips from films that were affected by the fear that consumed Hollywood, including High Noon, On the Waterfront, and Salt of the Earth. Read More »

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