Vermont Humanities

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

Pawlet Public Library 141 School St, Pawlet, VT, United States

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 new book, with Ross Conrad, and others, “The Land of Milk and Honey, a History of Beekeeping in Vermont.”

American Stories Across the Generations: Tuck Everlasting

North Hero Public Library 3195 US Route 2, North Hero, VT, United States

This series focuses on the theme of relationships between children and older adults. This event will focus on the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

Brown Public Library, Community Room 93 S Main St, Northfield, VT, United States +1 more

Join the Brown Public Library as we discuss the 2023 Vermont Reads book: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Light refreshments will be served. We will meet in the Treehouse Pavilion behind the library with the possibility of moving inside in the case of inclement weather.

The Magic Toy Box

The Corner School Resource Center 75 Post Office Hill Rd Box 1, Granville, United States

Kick off summer with creativity at this half-day camp for young people ages 4 through 6. Beloved teaching artist at The Flynn and schools across Vermont - Tracy Martin - takes children on a joyful journey of movement, storytelling, games, and performance made for and by kids.
Suggested fee: $100. Scholarships available. Siblings welcome!

Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont

Worcester Town Hall 12 Worcester Village Rd, Worcester, VT, United States

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont” traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. His story is told through letters in the collection at Rokeby Museum and documents at the North Carolina State Archives. The illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom.

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

Franklin Town Hall 5167 Main St, Franklin, 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.

Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

John G. McCullough Free Library 2 Main Street, North Bennington, VT, United States

All are welcome to the John G. McCullough Free Library for a discussion of Malinda Lo's Last Night at the Telegraph Club, the 2023 Vermont Reads selection. Refreshments will be available.

Art and the Discomfort Zone

The Corner School Resource Center 75 Post Office Hill Rd Box 1, Granville, United States

A five-week seminar focused on art that challenges cultural norms about what is “pretty” to spur creative growth. Former instructor at the Art Institute of California, Pim Volpi, takes participants through various artistic movements, culminating in making pieces inspired by the concepts presented. Open to young adults & up.

Meetings on Saturdays, July 6, 2024 through August 3, 2024

Ellen “LN” Bethea: Words in the Woods

Kill Kare State Park 2714 Hathaway Point Rd, St. Albans, VT, United States

Ellen “LN” Bethea has long been inspired by Desmond Tutu’s words- “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” For over 20 years, LN has volunteered locally. Whether reading for library Story Times or setting up tents for art events, each “little bit” is intended to actualize accessibility and build community. LN volunteers in hopes of developing nurturing spaces were creativity and connections thrive. LN has performed as a Spoken Word Poet across Vermont from Morrisville to Brattleboro.

Memoir Writing

The Corner School Resource Center 75 Post Office Hill Rd Box 1, Granville, United States

Discover why we should tell our own stories and the best forms for doing so, both for an audience and personal enrichment.

Award winning writer/educator Kate Youngdahl-Stauss, whose work has appeared on PBS, History and National Geographic, leads a five part course for young adults through super seniors.

Meeting on Thursdays, July 11, 2024 through August 8, 2024. $100 tuition, scholarships available!