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June 2019

Double-Talk on Doubleday: How a Dead Civil War General Invented Baseball Without His Permission

June 19
7:00 pm
Image of Abner Doubleday

Why, how, and when did Abner Doubleday became the imagined inventor of America’s pastime? Norwich University Professor Rowly Brucken will explore the founding myths of baseball’s real and fictional origins, and will consider the broader context of the age of imperialism in America, New England sports history, and Victorian scandals. The talk will conclude with an exploration of the early days of baseball in Vermont. Read More »


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

June 25
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 McCarty 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. Read More »


Sailing Towards My Father

June 26
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Image of Stephen Collins as Melville

Sailing Towards My Father is a one-man play written and directed by Carl A. Rossi and performed by professional actor Stephen Collins, who has portrayed a number of historical figures. The play is about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick. Read More »


The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

June 30
7:00 pm
Craftsbury Public Library, Craftsbury Common
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In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this interesting time in Vermont’s history and its impact today. Read More »


July 2019

“A Woman, Ain’t I?”

July 7
2:00 pm
Image of Kathryn Woods as Sojourner Truth

Born a slave in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, and suffragist. This program, presented by Kathryn Woods, tells Sojourner Truth's story in her own words, speeches, and songs. Read More »


Catching People’s Stories

July 8
7:00 pm
Peacham Library, Peacham
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Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career. In this talk, she reflects on why people tell stories, what they mean to an individual, and examples of how they are used. Read More »


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

July 10
6:30 pm
Montgomery Town Library, Montgomery Center
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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 »


400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

July 10
7:00 pm
Image of old postcard of the Connecticut River

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 »


Remember and Resist: The Dutch Example

July 13
7:00 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 what the results were.  Read More »


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

July 17
7:00 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, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Read More »

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