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November 2019

Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

November 14
6:30 pm
Image of painting of medieval kitchen helpers

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. Read More »

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That the People May Live: The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota.

November 14
7:00 pm
Black Elk with his wife and family

This lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book "Black Elk Speaks." Damian Costello begins with Black Elk's Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling. The talk is based on Costello's extensive historical research, extended residency in Indian Country, and continuing conversations with Lakota elders. Read More »

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*CANCELLED* The Western Abenaki Today

November 16
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
Image of Abenaki man in traditional dress

Where are the Abenaki today and what are they doing? Jeanne Brink discusses the Abenaki of the twenty-first century and the many different programs and projects in which they are involved to maintain and preserve their culture, traditions, and language in today's fast changing world. Read More »

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Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

November 17
2:00 pm
Image of Morgan Horse

All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? What stories have people told about him in the two centuries since he lived and worked in Vermont? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »

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Remember and Resist: The Dutch Example

November 19
6:00 pm
Image of Dutch resister Hannie Schaft

Contrary to the image that most Dutch people resisted the Nazis, only a small percentage actively participated—many of them women delivering messages or smuggling children to safety. What would they say if they could speak to us now? Writer Mary Fillmore will explore how people decided to resist, what they actually did, and the results. Read More »

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Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

November 19
6:00 pm
Image of beekeeper with hive

Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont.  Read More »

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“That the People May Live”: The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota

November 19
6:30 pm
Black Elk with his wife and family

This lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c. 1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks. Author and ethnographer Damian Costello begins with Black Elk’s Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War. Read More »

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What is Art?

November 21
7:00 pm
Image of Mona Lisa with beard

It is sometimes tempting to think that art is just "in the eye of the beholder." But, by imagining art history as an ongoing conversation, Champlain College Professor David Mills explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference. This highly visual presentation provides new ways to interact with what we find in museums and galleries. Read More »

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The Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

November 21
7:00 pm
Montgomery Town Library, Montgomery Center

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the recently published "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarty Era," explores some forgotten history. Read More »

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December 2019

A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story

December 5
1:30 pm
Image of David Book

Abel Morrill, Sr., was an early settler of Cabot, Vermont. He was a respected farmer and maple sugar producer for much of the 19th century. His story reflects the hardship and heartbreak suffered by those who lived at the time of America’s greatest conflict, the Civil War. David Book’s portrayal of Abel Morrill profiles life before the war and life as it was affected by the war. Read More »

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