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February 2021

*DIGITAL* The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington

February 24
6:00 pm
Image of painting of black soldier on horseback.

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. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Daisy Turner’s Kin

February 25
7:00 pm
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Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries, played out across three continents. The saga was related to Jane Beck by Daisy Turner, who also shared her own life story, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward. Read More »

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March 2021

*DIGITAL*: So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II

The four members of the Downs family

On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by 29-year-old Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with 62 souls on board. Author Alison O’Leary will present the story with dramatic images in a multimedia event for all ages. Read More »

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

March 9
10:00 am
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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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*DIGITAL* Indian Wars of New England

March 22
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Michael Tougias offers a slide lecture on the conflicts between New England's Native Americans and colonists. Tougias takes the audience on a historic journey from the Pilgrims' first arrival in New England to the closing days of the French and Indian War, as the colonists and Indians fought for control of New England. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington

March 24
6:30 pm
Image of painting of black soldier on horseback.

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. Read More »

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May 2021

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

May 2
2:00 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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From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

May 23
2:00 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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“These Old Tunes are Good Enough for Me”: Harold Luce, the Story of a Vermont Fiddler

May 23
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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