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Historians Discuss Vermont’s Development and Preservation Needs

Montpelier ~ Vermont historians Paul Searls and Amanda Gustin will consider the needs of the Green Mountain State in the 21st century in a talk at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library Montpelier on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Their talk, Repeopling Vermont: How We Got to Where We Are,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Searls and Gustin will lead a conversation about the changing face of Vermont and the efforts to bring much-needed development while preserving Vermont’s rural values.

Dr. Paul M. Searls is professor of history at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. He received his PhD from New York University. In 2019 his book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century, was published by the Vermont Historical Society Press.

Amanda Gustin has been the Public Programs Coordinator at the Vermont Historical Society since 2012. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Her favorite moments are when she connects with an audience while explaining or demonstrating history. She has studied military, religious, and women’s history in the medieval period and nineteenth-century America.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Montpelier First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series in Montpelier is underwritten by the Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund.

For more information, contact the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802.223.3338 or contact Vermont Humanities at 802.262.2626 or

About Vermont Humanities

Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.