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September 2021

“These Old Tunes are Good Enough for Me”: Harold Luce, the Story of a Vermont Fiddler

September 26
2:00 pm
Bridgewater Grange Hall, Bridgewater Corners
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Harold “Chuck” Luce (1918-2014) grew up in Chelsea, and would become one of the premier traditional “Yankee” fiddlers of his generation. Adam Boyce, one of Luce’s many pupils, shares photos, audio recordings, and personal recollections of Harold, and also plays a few favorite tunes that he learned from him. Read More »

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

September 27
6:45 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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Adventures in Mime: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

September 30
6:30 pm
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Twentieth-century mime master Marcel Marceau advanced the art of the ancient Greco-Roman mime storytellers, the improvisational actors of the Commedia dell’Arte, and the pantomime of Charlie Chaplin. in this presentation, Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin will explore the metaphors of mime technique—what Marceau called “the silent language of the soul”—and discuss Marceau’s particular influence on the world’s cultural history. Read More »

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October 2021

Silents Are Golden: A Celebration of Silent Cinema

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This is an entertaining and educational lecture is lavishly illustrated with clips from 100 silent film comedies and dramas from the 1920’s! It is a celebration of the art of physical acting seen through the lens of silent cinema. Rob Mermin’s sheds new light on the acting style of the silent era, while giving modern audiences a fresh look at what made the silent stars shine so brightly. This is Rob’s second lecture in his 3-part series to promote and preserve the traditional cultural history of silent film, circus, and mime. The show features many silent stars including: Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, and more! This talk is part of the Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest. The festival will also feature the annual Coolidge 5K run and the "I Do Not Choose to Run" 1 mile walk, barbecue, children's games, wagon rides and historic craft and farm demonstrations. Demonstrations include apple pressing, sheep shearing, cheese making. Read More »

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The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington

October 2
7:00 pm
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Most Vermonters might be surprised that among the 30 men killed at the Battle of Bennington was a black man, Sipp Ives, a member of Seth Warner’s Continental regiment of Green Mountain Boys. And Ives was not the only patriot of African descent who played a role in the fighting and its aftermath. In this illustrated talk, teacher and author Phil Holland explores military records and early town histories to present a more diverse picture of Vermont’s iconic battle and its Green Mountain Boys than typically depicted. Holland will also reflect on historical memory and how it is preserved and constructed. Read More »

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Norwich Public Library: Gilded Age: Then and Now

October 4
7:00 pm
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This series starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the Gilded Age.  Portrayals of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Stanford White, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, D.W. Griffiths and detective William Burns. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that spectacular time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own era. Read More »

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Peacham Library: African American Experience: South to North

October 5
7:00 pm
Peacham Library, Peacham
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Personal writing by African-American authors can transcend self-reflection, becoming meditations on history, justice, and freedom from oppression. From Frederick Douglass's first autobiography to Malcolm X's incendiary account of his political awakening, the memoirs and essays in this series reveal as much about society as they do about their authors. Read More »

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

October 10
3:00 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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The Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

October 12
6:30 pm

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 McCarthy Era," explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. There were several fascinating stories in the Green Mountains, including a high-profile academic firing, a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, and some veteran newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics. Read More »

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Dailey Memorial Library: Women’s Literature: Dual Heritage

October 17
1:30 pm
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This series features contemporary, multicultural female voices. In novels and short stories, these foreign-born American writers celebrate the diversity of their dual heritages. Read More »

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