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October 2020

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

October 14
10:30 am
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 »


*POSTPONED* From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

October 14
6:30 pm
Bill Mares and friend with beer

Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. In this presentation, Mares will offer a short history of beer itself, and discuss the American beer revolution, Vermont’s small but significant contribution, and his co-ownership of a brewery. Read More »


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

October 14
7:00 pm
Image of woman with bunch of mint

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 »


Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont

October 14
7:00 pm
Image of Jesse

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont” traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. This illustrated talk by Jane Williamson brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom. Read More »


Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

October 20
7:00 pm
Image of Morgan Horse

All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »


Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

October 25
4:00 pm
Landgove Town Hall, Landgrove
Image of Vermont field in winter

1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. Read More »


Catching People’s Stories

October 28
7:00 pm
Image of two people talking on a porch

Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career. This technique puts the focus on people, personal history, family stories, experiences, values and attitudes. This is a reflective talk on why people tell stories. Read More »


November 2020

*DIGITAL* Above and Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

November 12
7:00 pm
Image of JFK at lectern

The thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster. Writer Michael Tougias recounts this tense chapter of history and explores how President Kennedy reached a decision on a course of action. Read More »

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