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March 2019

Levi Allen: Ethan’s Black Sheep Brother

March 24
1:30 pm
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Levi Allen was an outsider within his own family. Historian Vincent Feeney shows how Levi’s life presents a vivid picture of the turmoil that a prominent American family experienced during the formative years of Vermont and the American Republic. Read More »

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The Many Meanings of Maple

March 28
7:00 pm
Image of postcard of maple syrup gathering

Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont. Read More »

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April 2019

Vermont History through Song

April 3
7:00 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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Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor

April 7
3:00 pm
Memorial Building, Hardwick
Image of Rebel Girl poster

For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930. Read More »

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

April 10
7:00 pm
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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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Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

April 13
12:00 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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From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small-Boat Traditions

April 14
2:00 pm
Photo of historical boat scene

The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. However, the traditions of small boat building from throughout our state have remained untold. 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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An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

April 14
2:00 pm

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

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Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

April 15
7:00 pm
Red Brick Meetinghouse, 1685 Vt Route 128
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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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Lake Champlain Over the Years: A Visual and Historical Narrative

April 15
7:00 pm
Image of historical etching of Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is one of the most historic bodies of water in the United States. Vermont historian Don Wickman will feature tales of the lake's heritage coupled with illustrations. Read More »

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