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The Many Meanings of Maple

Image of postcard of maple syrup gatheringThis presentation examines the many meanings of maple sugaring. Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont.

Rather than discussing the practical aspects of sugaring, such as how to tap a tree or how an evaporator works, his talk focuses on how and why maple has become so important to Vermont’s identity, and how and why it helps us shape who we are as Vermonters.

Special Arrangements: projector, screen, and computer or device to read a USB flash drive.

Available in correctional facilities.

About the presenter

Image of Michael Lange Michael Lange - Michael is a professor of anthropology and folklore at Champlain College in Burlington and has authored several academic works on cultural identity. See full biography.

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