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September 2020

*DIGITAL* How Did Germany’s Weimar Democracy Become the Third Reich?

September 18
3:00 pm
Image of rally in Germany

Defeated, humiliated, and in chaos, Germany after World War I was imperiled by leftist revolution and right-wing violence. Jack Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of Ernst Werner Techow. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams

September 20
1:30 pm
Image of painting of Eudora Welty

Part of the Memorable Memoirs series. Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The memoirs in this series use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

September 20
2:00 pm
Image of man with early bicycle

In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Read More »

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*CANCELLED* Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

September 20
2:00 pm
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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? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: When Reality Is Surreal, Only Fiction Can Make Sense of It

September 21
4:30 pm
Quechee Library, Quechee
Image of Suzanne Brown leading a book discussion

Through a collection of short fictional stories from New York Times Magazine's July 12 edition and two novels readers will explore the impact of pandemics. Read More »

*DIGITAL* How Did Germany’s Weimar Democracy Become the Third Reich?

September 21
6:00 pm
Image of rally in Germany

Defeated, humiliated, and in chaos, Germany after World War I was imperiled by leftist revolution and right-wing violence. Jack Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of Ernst Werner Techow. Read More »

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**POSTPONED** Book Discussion: The Maze of Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith

September 21
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 »

*DIGITAL* Indian Wars of New England

September 21
7:00 pm
Image of colonial battle blockprint

Michael Tougias offers a slide lecture on the conflicts between New England's Native Americans and colonists. Tougias takes the audience on a historic journey from the Pilgrims' first arrival in New England to the closing days of the French and Indian War, as the colonists and Indians fought for control of New England. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

September 22
7:00 pm

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today

September 23
7:00 pm
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

What does it mean to be an informed citizen? What, if anything, should we expect citizens to know before casting a ballot in an election? Melissa Schwartzberg will address these questions, with an eye toward the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens. Read More »

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