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September 2017

Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?

September 25
6:30 pm
Image of Anne Frank

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. Why did some people ignore her situation, while others felt compelled to resist? Read More »

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

September 26
7:00 pm
Photo of historical boat scene

The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »

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October 2017

An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

October 8
2:00 pm

Since 1996, writer and researcher Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with four boat builders in Japan, building five types of Japanese boats. In this slide talk he shares his experiences with these traditional crafts. Read More »

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Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

October 8
4:00 pm
Image of Rockingham Meetinghouse

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

October 15
1:00 pm
Odd Fellow Hall, Belmont
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 how, given Vermont’s historic resistance to road building, we now drive cars everywhere in the state and in all weather. Read More »

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

October 16
7:00 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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1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont’s Political (and Cultural) History

October 18
6:30 pm
Image of poster for governor

In 1964, the Republican Party lost its tight-fisted grasp on Vermont politics, starting the swing of the political pendulum from Vermont as bastion of conservative republicanism to a state with a highly diversified political climate. Deborah Luskin shows how the shift is more complex and more nuanced than mere politics. Read More »

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Vermont and Union Victory

October 19
7:00 pm
Image of Civil War soldiers

Vermonters led the attack at Petersburg that broke the Confederate lines, after nine months of trying. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant a week later, at Appomattox Court House. Historian Howard Coffin discusses the Petersburg breakthrough and Vermont's other important moments in the Civil War. Read More »

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

October 19
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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A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A.

October 19
7:00 pm
Thompson Center, Woodstock
Image of car in Cuba from Speakers Bureau catalogue

The Spanish-American war of 1898 ended Spain’s four hundred year rule of Cuba. Cuba became a U.S. protectorate and decades of instability followed. Novelist and lecturer Tim Weed, a long-time observer of the island, will highlight recent changes in light of Cuba’s long struggle for sovereignty. Read More »

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