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April 2019

PoemCity 2019

April 1 – April 30

PoemCity 2019 is a festival celebrating National Poetry Month in April, featuring a walkable anthology of Vermont contemporary poetry on broadsides throughout downtown Montpelier with readings, workshops and presentations. For more information and to see the complete events calendar, visit the PoemCity 2019 website. Read More »


Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

April 26
3:00 pm
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Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently. Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. Read More »


Book Discussion: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

April 26
4:30 pm
Blake Memorial Library, East Corinth

Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

Vermont History through Song

April 28
4:00 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume and using the music Vermonters published and sang in their communities, Ms. Radtke guides listeners through our state’s history. Read More »

Book Discussion: Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

April 29
5:30 pm

Part of the Vermont Reads Past Picks series. This series explores books read since 2003 by communities in VHC's Vermont Reads program. Read More »

Lincoln Memorial Sculptor Daniel Chester French: The Making of an Icon

April 30
7:00 pm
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Biographer Harold Holzer tells the story of how Daniel Chester French became one of the great sculptors of the 19th century—sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, “The Minute Man” of Concord, Massachusetts, and the “Spirit of Life,” which was created for Brattleboro’s park, stolen, and recovered.  Read More »


Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

April 30
7:00 pm
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Presented by writer Rebecca Rupp, this talk let attendees find out about the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners – plus some catchy info on seasonal foods. Read More »


May 2019

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Revisited

May 1
7:00 pm
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Historians rank Abraham Lincoln’s majestic second inaugural address as one of the greatest political orations in American history. But at the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses even as the Civil War headed toward Union victory. Preeminent Lincoln biographer Harold Holzer revisits the unforgettable day of March 4, 1865. Read More »


The Architecture of Montpelier

May 1
7:00 pm
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Vermont State Curator David Schutz explores Montpelier’s rich architectural history. He will follow his First Wednesdays program with a walking tour of Montpelier on Saturday, May 4, beginning at the library at 10:00 am. Read More »


Prosecutors and the Battle to End Mass Incarceration

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Over the last 40 years, prosecutors have driven the country toward mass incarceration and a crisis of justice shot through with unfairness and racial discrimination. New York Times writer and Yale Law School lecturer Emily Bazelon considers the current movement to elect a new breed of prosecutor. Read More »

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