First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

Montpelier First Wednesdays

Venue: Kellogg-Hubbard Library

135 Main Street, Montpelier
Library phone: (802) 223-3338
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Statewide Underwriters: The Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Series Underwriter: Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund

Program Underwriters: Cabot Creamery CooperativeBear Pond Books; Kevin Ellis, Leonine Public Affairs, LLP; Margot J. George Fund; Pomerleau Real Estate

Printed Montpelier First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2019-2020 Montpelier Schedule (PDF)

All First Wednesdays events are free and open to the public!

Wed 05

Honoring the 19th Amendment through Word and Song

February 5
7:30 pm
In this Farmers Night program commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Marlboro College professor Meg Mott leads a dialogue on the history and meaning of the 19th Amendment. Meg will be accompanied by Wesleyan University scholar and composer Neely Bruce conducting the State House Singers in his original choral arrangement of the Bill of Rights, along with the premiere of his 19th Amendment composition. Read More »
Wed 04

Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

March 4
7:00 pm
Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright’s most beloved building, yet by the time Wright designed the house in 1935, he was dismissed by his contemporaries as a failed architect. Dartmouth professor Marlene Heck demonstrates how Fallingwater—and Wright’s buildings that followed—secured his reputation as a master of 20th-century modernism. Read More »
Fri 03

How to Love a Country

April 3
7:00 pm
Richard Blanco reads from his recent poetry collection How to Love a Country, exploring immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more, unraveling the fabric of the American narrative in accessible and emotive verses. Blanco will also lead a poetry workshop on Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 am at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Read More »
Wed 06

Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass

May 6
7:00 pm
Yale historian David Blight, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History for his biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, tells Douglass’s story: an escaped slave who became one of the leading abolitionists, orators, and writers of his era. Read More »