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From Piano Playing to the Player Piano, 1900 Through the Roaring 20s

Artis Wodehouse will pianolize (foot-pump) a representative group of piano rolls from the early 1910s to the 1920s on the Main Street Museum’s player piano.

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Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? What stories have people told about him in the two centuries since he lived and worked in Vermont?

Painting of two girls in 1950s San Francisco in a corner under a streetlamp
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Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo will be the topic of discussion Lesley Wright, a Vermont Humanities book discussion leader, will facilitate a discussion of the 2023-24 statewide read book selection. Multiple copies of the book are available at Roger Clark Memorial Library and are available to anyone who would like to read it.

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Coming of Age in Vermont: Transits of Youth in a Complexly Interwoven World

In the 1920s, Margaret Mead’s book Coming of Age in Samoa ignited fiery debate about the influence of culture in adolescent development. Anthropologist Kristin Bright considers this legacy for how we think about the entanglements of AI and coming-of-age today by drawing on ethnographic research in Vermont and Canada and exploring how youth imagine themselves in ways that stretch, use, and refuse digital technologies.

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From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. In this presentation, he offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution.

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Stories from the Vermont Queer Archives

Objects such as banners, T-shirts, and buttons in the Vermont Queer Archives at the Pride Center of Vermont reflect currents and changes in the lives of Vermont’s LGBTQ+ community. Meg Tamulonis, volunteer curator of the Archives, discusses how these objects mark various milestones, from Pride events to legal rulings, and considers why some parts of the queer community aren’t well-represented in the Archives.

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Farm to Film Fest 2023

By developing a deeper understanding of regenerative agriculture and the indigenous practices it is rooted in, we can all do our part to support transformational change. Join us for a day of food, films, live music, workshops, thoughtful discussion, dancing and more.

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Norwich Public Library: Family History

The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family’s past are revealed by the passing of time. The next book read will be A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor.

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Live to See the Day: The Violence of Underfunded Schools and Poverty

Drawing on nearly a decade of reporting, Live to See the Day by sociologist and policymaker Nikhil Goyal follows the lives of students overcoming challenges created by poverty and discrimination to graduate high school. Goyal confronts a new age of American poverty, after the end of “welfare as we know it,” after “zero tolerance” in schools criminalized a generation of students, after the odds of making it out are ever slighter.

Sarod player Pat Lambdin sits cross legged on a red shawl and plays his instrument with his head down
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North Indian Classical Music

North Indian classical music has been handed down from guru to disciple for hundreds of years through the guru-disciple relationship. Musicians Pat Lambdin and Amit Kavthekar embark on a journey into this living tradition that shifts perspectives with a fresh attitude and a willingness to place one’s own cultural understandings in the back seat.

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Vermont Women and the Civil War

Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state’s military hospitals, and more. And at least one Vermont woman appears to have secretly enlisted and fought in a Vermont regiment!

Drawing from letters and diaries, Coffin tells their story in their own words, describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State.

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Songs of the Supernatural

Versatile singer Kerry Ryer-Parke will explore songs of the supernatural with colleagues and friends Yoshiko Sato, John Kirk and Peter King to cast a spell over your Halloween weekend.

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