Vermont Humanities

Every Problem Is Now a Technology Problem

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

The Covid Era created new challenges (and opportunities!) for technology education work. Every problem turned into a technology problem, and issues of access and the digital divide became very imposing, very rapidly. What made a difference? Library technologist and author Jessamyn West talks about the Vermont public library response.

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

Pawlet Town Hall 122 School St, Pawlet, 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.