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June 2017

Agatha Christie: Creator of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot

June 2
6:00 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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Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

June 8
7:00 pm
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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. Mark Greenberg explores Guthrie’s life and legacy through his writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of his art and photographs. Read More »

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

June 8
7:00 pm
Image of Green Mountain Parkway map

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, given this opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weathers, in all corners of the state? Read More »

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Vermont’s Musical Ladies

June 11
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 »

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Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

June 11
3:00 pm
Old Stone House Museum, Brownington
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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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Vermont History through Song

June 14
1:00 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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Beatrix Potter Revisited

June 14
6:30 pm
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Using books, props, and bibliography, Helene Lang presents the life of Beatrix Potter, highlighting her artistic talent, her writing ability where every word is appropriate and perfectly arranged, and finally, her years as a countrywoman raising Herdwick sheep. Read More »

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Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

June 14
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
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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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Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

June 16
7:00 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 »

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Vermont’s Musical Ladies

June 16
7:00 pm
Image of Linda Radtke singing

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 »

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