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July 2017

Vermont’s Musical Ladies

July 26
7:00 pm
Hope Davey Park, Waterbury
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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Vermont History through Song

July 29
7:00 pm
Memorial Hall, Wilmington
Image of Linda Radtke

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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August 2017

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

August 1
6:00 pm
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Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Charles Ross Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Read More »

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John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable!

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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 as he sits for his final portrait. Read More »

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Restorative Justice: How Vermont, Argentina, and Rwanda Wrestle With Crime, the Past, and Rebuilding Community

August 6
2:00 pm
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Norwich University Professor Rowly Brucken explains the principles of restorative justice, such as repairing relationships by uncovering the truth, holding offenders accountable, and making restitution to victims, and how they have been applied locally and internationally as a response to criminal offenses large and small. Read More »

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Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

August 6
4:00 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. This presentation by Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie’s life and legacy through his writings, music, art, and photographs. Read More »

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The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

August 8
7:00 pm
North Chittenden Grange Hall, North Chittenden
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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? 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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Vermont’s Musical Ladies

August 9
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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A Vermont Music Sampler

August 12
11:00 am
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Vermont has a significant and fascinating musical folklore. This slide presentation includes listening to music on tape and commentary from musician and scholar William Tortolano. (Rain location: East Poultney Schoolhouse, 1529 E Main St.) Read More »

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400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

August 12
7:00 pm
Image of old postcard of the Connecticut River

New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals. Read More »

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