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December 2021

400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

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

December 8, 2021
6:00 pm
Springfield Town Hall, Springfield
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 »

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

December 8, 2021
6:00 pm
Springfield Town Hall, Springfield
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 »

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*DIGITAL* The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

December 12, 2021
2:00 pm
Image of statue of Viking woman

According to the medieval Icelandic sagas, a Viking woman came to the New World 500 years before Columbus. While this story was long thought to be a myth, author Nancy Marie Brown tells how more and more is being proved true by recent archaeological digs in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland. Read More »

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January 2022

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

January 12
7:00 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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*DIGITAL* Bearing Witness and Endurance of Voice: The Legacy of Lucy Terry Prince

January 13
6:30 pm
Painting of Lucy Terry Prince

In this presentation, Shanta Lee Gander illustrates the life of Lucy Terry Prince—born in Africa, transported to Rhode Island by slave traders, and eventually living free in Vermont. Gander discusses Prince's importance as a poet and orator, and as author of the oldest known poem in the United States written by an African American. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Out of this Furnace by Thomas Bell

January 17
4:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

January 17
7:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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

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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. Read More »

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Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Read More »

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