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August 2020

Vermont History through Song

August 30
3:00 pm
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh
Image of Linda Radtke

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Cameron Steinmetz, 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 »

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**POSTPONED** Book Discussion: American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum

August 31
7:00 pm

Part of the Gilded Age: Then and Now series. This series starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the Gilded Age. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that spectacular time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own era. Read More »

September 2020

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

September 2
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. Radtke also traces the movement’s alignment with other social justice initiatives such as temperance, labor conditions, wage equity, peace, and children’s welfare. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Democracy Knitting Circle

September 2
7:00 pm
Hands knitting with purple yarn

Knit or crochet pieces of a state capitol sculpture while discussing contemporary political issues via Zoom. Individual pieces will be assembled into a finished whole by artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. Read More »

Vermont and the Fenian Invasions

September 3
7:00 pm
Two soldiers standing by dead Fenian

In the five years following the Civil War, Irishmen twice invaded Canada from Vermont. They were members of a secret society known as the Fenians. The general history of the Fenians is well known, but Vermont historian Vince Feeney has researched the little-known part played by Green Mountain residents in the invasions. Read More »

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*POSTPONED* Murder in the Vermont Woods: A Story About Race, Class, and Gender in the 19th Century

September 5
6:00 pm
Image of Vermont forest in winter

Historian Jill Mudgett tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. Recreating community connections in a rural Vermont hill town, this story is about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also an account of Indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles. Read More »

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From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

September 9
6:00 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, he offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution. Read More »

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*POSTPONED* People, Music, and 88 Keys, More or Less: Keyboard Instruments through the Ages

September 9
6:30 pm
Image of a piano keyboard

Lionel Hampton and other jazz greats used the marimba and xylophone, and Tchaikovsky used the celeste. With presentation and music, St. Michael’s College Professor Emeritus William Tortolano leads an exploration of the harpsichord, clavichord, the pianoforte, and more through the ages. Read More »

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

September 9
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* Vermont’s Temples of Democracy: A Tour with State Curator David Schutz

September 9
7:00 pm
Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Vermont State Curator David Schutz explores the architectural symbolism of Vermont’s beautifully-restored state capitol and connects the State House with the civic buildings—such as town halls and courthouses—that enable us to govern ourselves. Read More »

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