First Wednesdays Lecture Series

Free talks on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May.

Montpelier First Wednesdays

Venue: Kellogg-Hubbard Library

135 Main Street, Montpelier
Library phone: (802) 223-3338
Library website
Directions to the library


Statewide Underwriters: The Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Series Underwriters: Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund, Montpelier Community Fund

Program Underwriters: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes; Cabot Creamery CooperativeBear Pond Books; Leonine Public Affairs, LLP; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationPomerleau Real Estate; University of Vermont Humanities Center

Pre-Register for Talks

Please note: due to the Covid-19 crisis, the October, November, and December 2020 First Wednesdays talks will only be offered online, via Zoom. Advance registration is required for these events.

Wed 02

*DIGITAL* The United States and the World in 2021

December 2
7:00 pm
Whether under a second Trump administration or a new Democratic-led administration, the United States will face multiple national security issues in 2021. Stan Sloan considers our country’s relationship with allies and adversaries, as well as the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
Wed 06

Reinventing the Family Home

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Read More »
Wed 03

We Are Still Here

February 3, 2021
7:30 pm
Using drum, flute, rattle, and vocals, father and son storytellers and musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation will address the continued presence and vibrant cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Nations of Ndakinna, with special emphasis on the years of the Vermont Eugenics project and the long struggle for government recognition Read More »
Wed 03

In Wildness: Imagining the American West

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Thoreau wrote that “the West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild,” and indeed for much of its history the American West has been associated with the idea of wildness. St. Michael’s College professor Nathaniel Lewis explores our understanding of both nation and nature in the imagined West. Read More »
Wed 07

Poetry During Covid-19

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Inspired by the Mary Oliver poem, “Wild Geese,” Saint Michael's College professor Adrie Kusserow wrote “Mary Oliver for Corona Times.” She’ll discuss Oliver’s poem and explore ways in which the pandemic has sparked creative work. Read More »
Wed 05

Why Not in Vermont? The Long Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Why did Vermont lawmakers resist women voting in the 19th and 20th centuries? Through the stories of three Vermont suffragists, Lyn Blackwell outlines the shifting debate over women’s full citizenship in from the 1850s until 1920. Read More »

Printed Montpelier First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2020-2021 Montpelier Schedule (PDF)