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April 2020

**POSTPONED** From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

April 4
2:00 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and "Votes for Women" sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Read More »

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**POSTPONED** Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

April 7
6:00 pm
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Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler’s story remained unknown after the war—until three Kansas teens uncovered a reference to her heroism 60 years later. Read More »

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**POSTPONED** Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

April 8
7:00 pm
Pierson Library, Shelburne
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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 through readings from his prolific prose writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of Guthrie's own art and of photographs. Read More »

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

April 9
7:00 pm
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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 »

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**POSTPONED** How the Guitar Conquered America

April 16
1:00 pm
Allenwood at Pillsbury, South Burlington
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When the first guitar reached these shores 425 years ago, it was a small, unimpressive folk instrument. Now, more guitars are sold in America than all other musical instruments combined. How did this unlikely conquest take place? Tim Brookes attempts to answer that question with demonstrations, displays, and slides. Read More »

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**POSTPONED** The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

April 16
7:00 pm
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In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this interesting time in Vermont’s history and its impact today. Read More »

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**CANCELLED** “Reading” Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

April 18
12:00 pm
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This lecture and slide presentation by William Hosley demonstrates how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont. Read More »

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The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

April 19
5:30 pm
Image of woman with bunch of mint

In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this interesting time in Vermont’s history and its impact today. Read More »

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**POSTPONED** Vermont Women and the Civil War

April 22
7:00 pm
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Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. Read More »

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Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?

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Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors—the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Mary Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made in the face of those choices. Read More »

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