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May 2018

Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

May 22
10:00 am
Shrewsbury Library, Cuttingsville
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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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Agatha Christie: Creator of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot

May 22
6:30 pm
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In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Read More »

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June 2018

Vermont History through Song

June 1
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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The Vermont Civil War Songbook

June 2
7:30 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era. Read More »

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Sorting the News From the Chaff

June 5
6:00 pm
Montgomery Town Library, Montgomery Center
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Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find "truth." Almost everything we could ever want to know is available online, but how can we tell the good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish ‘fake news’ from the real thing? Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney shares strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. Read More »

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Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

June 6
1:00 pm
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Historian Howard Coffin shares his recent research on how Vermont’s sharpshooters played a little-known but major role at Gettysburg, the great Union victory that changed the Civil War's course. Read More »

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Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

June 6
2:00 pm
Image of garden vegetables

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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400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

June 6
7:00 pm
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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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Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

June 6
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
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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. Writer Rebecca Rupp Find explains 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 – plus some catchy info on seasonal foods. Read More »

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Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word

June 7
7:00 pm
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What does the age of digital convergence, Facebook, and globalization mean for the future of the written word? Writer/carver/painter Tim Brookes offers remarkable and thought-provoking perspective on this question by looking at a range of forms of writing from all over the world that are in danger of extinction. Read More »

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