Vermont Humanities

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.

Comics and Queerness in Vermont and Beyond

Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT, United States

Vermont Cartoonist Laureate Tillie Walden presents a look at the intersection of indie comics with queer identity through her many graphic novels—from science fiction to memoir to historical retelling. Explore process and power through visual narrative and learn why comics are relevant to Vermonters and beyond.

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.

Extreme Survival: Lessons from Those Who Triumphed Against All Odds

Westview Meadows at Montpelier 171 Westview Meadows Rd, Montpelier, VT, United States

We have all heard amazing stories of survival that rendered us awestruck. But too often, we don’t realize the wealth of information we can learn from people who make it to the other side of life’s most daunting challenges. In this talk, New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias chronicles harrowing survival stories and then discusses lessons to learn from these experience.

Comics in World History and Cultures

Hartland Public Library 153 Route 5, Hartland, VT, United States

A whirlwind tour of comics around the world and throughout human history! Join award-winning cartoonist and educator Marek Bennett (M.Ed.) as we explore and explain comics from many corners of the globe — with special attention to how people use sequential visual narratives to share ideas, information, and meaning.

400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

Weathersfield Proctor Library 5181 Route 5, Ascutney, VT, United States

New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals.

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!

Verandah Porche: Words in the Woods

Molly Stark State Park 705 Route 9 East, Wilmington, United States

Verandah Porche works as a poet-in-residence, performer, and writing partner. Based in rural Vermont on the notable commune Total Loss Farm, since 1968, she has published Sudden Eden (Verdant Books), The Body’s Symmetry (Harper and Row) and Glancing Off (See Through Books). She has read her work on NPR stations, in the Vermont State House, and at the John Simon Guggenheim Museum. Verandah creates poems for moments and milestones.