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September 2018

Lake Champlain Over the Years: A Visual and Historical Narrative

September 23
2:00 pm
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Lake Champlain is one of the most historic bodies of water in the United States. Vermont historian Don Wickman shares tales of the lake's heritage coupled with illustrations. Read More »

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The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

September 23
2:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Twentieth century mime master Marcel Marceau advanced the art of the ancient Greco-Roman mime storytellers, the improvisational actors of the Commedia dell’Arte, and the pantomime of Charlie Chaplin. in this presentation, Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin will explore the metaphors of mime technique—what Marceau called “the silent language of the soul”—and discuss Marceau’s particular influence on the world’s cultural history. Read More »

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Song of the Vikings: The Making of Norse Myths

September 27
7:00 pm
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Most of what we know about Valhalla and the Valkyries, Odin and the Well of Wisdom, the Mighty Thor, and Ragnarok or the Twilight of the Gods was written by a 13th-century Icelandic chieftain, Snorri Sturluson. Award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings the fascinating story of Sturluson’s life into focus. Read More »

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Vermont History through Song

September 29
7:30 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Read More »

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October 2018

Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

October 10
10:30 am
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The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day. Presented by writer Rebecca Rupp, this talk let attendees find out about the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners – plus some catchy info on seasonal foods. Read More »

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From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small-Boat Traditions

October 13
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. However, the traditions of small boat building from throughout our state have remained untold. Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »

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Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

October 14
2:00 pm
Union Meeting House, Ferrisburg
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New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. This presentation by photographer Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture. Read More »

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Levi Allen: Ethan’s Black Sheep Brother

October 16
7:00 pm
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Levi Allen was an outsider within his own family. Though he supported his brother Ethan at the taking of Ticonderoga, the two fell out during the American Revolution: Levi was a Loyalist. When the war ended, Ethan and Ira Allen recruited Levi as independent Vermont’s liaison with the authorities in British North America. In the end, Levi lost the support of his family and friends, dying a pauper in Burlington. Levi’s life presents a vivid picture of the turmoil that… Read More »

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Catching People’s Stories

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Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career. Here she reflects on why people tell stories, what they mean to an individual, and discusses examples of how they are used. Read More »

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New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950

October 17
7:00 pm
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For several generations, aspiring New England artists used our history, landscape, environment, and traditional industries as subject matter and muse–drawing inspiration from their environment and helping to shape New England's image at home and abroad. William Hosley tells the story of the painters, printmakers and photographers who pictured our world "New Englandly." Read More »

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