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April 2020

Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

April 8
7:00 pm
Pierson Library, Shelburne
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In his music and writing, Woody Guthrie chronicled the devastation of the 1930s dust storms and the Great Depression, championing the dispossessed and economic and social justice. This presentation by Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie’s life and legacy through readings from his prolific prose writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of Guthrie's own art and of photographs. Read More »

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

April 16
7:00 pm
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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 »

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“Reading” Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

April 18
12:00 pm
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This lecture and slide presentation by William Hosley demonstrates how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont. Read More »

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

April 19
5:30 pm
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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 »

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Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?

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Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors—the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Mary Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made in the face of those choices. Read More »

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Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

April 26
4:00 pm
Pond Village Church, Brookfield
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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? What stories have people told about him in the two centuries since he lived and worked in Vermont? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »

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Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War

April 30
7:00 pm
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One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. In this illustrated lecture, historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work. Read More »

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May 2020

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

May 3
2:00 pm
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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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All the Film’s a Stage

May 3
3:00 pm
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Grueling rehearsals, opening-night jitters, outsize personalities: films about the world of theater have long been a staple. Join Rick Winston in an exploration of how cinema has portrayed what goes into a theater production, from audition to rehearsal to performance. Read More »

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

May 5
1:00 pm
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Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. In this talk, science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites. Read More »

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