Vermont Humanities

Becoming Norwich: Featuring the art of cartoonist, Emily Zea

Norwich Historical Society 277 Main St, Norwich, VT, United States

Cartoonist Emily Zea brings to life Norwich history. This exhibit presents Emily’s illustrations and connects them to the artifacts, portraits, photographs, and archives that she used for her art. Learn more about the Abenaki people who were here when the settlers from Connecticut first arrived, Norwich’s early years, and big debates and decisions made at town meeting.

The Most Costly Journey Book Discussion

Groton Free Public Library 1304 Scott Hwy, Groton, VT, United States

Join Groton Public Library for a facilitated book discussion of this year's Vermont Reads book, "The Most Costly Journey."

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

Bakersfield Historical Society 80 E Bakersfield Rd, Bakersfield, VT, United States

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.

The Villalobos Brothers in Concert

Chandler Center for the Arts 71-73 N Main St, Randolph, VT, United States

The Villalobos Brothers are an award-winning family band, acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk with jazz and classical music.

Freedom and Unity

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Join lead cartoonist of the Freedom and Unity: A Graphic Guide to Civics and Democracy in Vermont, Dan Nott, for this lively presentation about the making of the book. The presentation includes perspectives of the cartoonists and scholars that helped create a comic book about the past, present, and potential of democracy and civics in Vermont. Learn more about our brave little state, cartooning, and using comics to teach civic and history.

Based on a Real Life: Angle of Repose

Cabot Public Library 3084 Main Street, Cabot, VT, United States

One biography each year is awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but these character studies wouldn't count - each is a Pulitzer-winning work of fiction, with portions based on one person's real life story. Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical.

The Villalobos Brothers in Concert

Barnard Town Hall 115 North Road, Barnard

To celebrate the conclusion of the Villalobos Brothers Global Music Residency in conjunction with Vermont Reads pick "The Most Costly Journey, " BarnArts is putting on a public concert outdoors at the Barnard Town Hall! Accessible parking and bathroom available. Potluck and opening act begins at 5:30 with the Brothers high-octane Mexican fiddling starting at 7.

The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

Quechee Library 1957 Main St, Quechee, VT, United States

Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. Where did our pride in Vermont’s landscape come from, and why is it that we see our shared identity as rooted in the land? This lecture by historian Jill Mudgett is timely and relevant in its relationship to current interdisciplinary scholarship, and offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our own strongly-held attachments to the Vermont landscape.