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69 Ballards Corner Rd.
Hinesburg, VT 05461 United States

August 2017

The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

August 15, 2017
7:00 pm
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Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. Historian Jill Mudgett offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our strongly held attachments to the Vermont landscape. Read More »


September 2017

From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small-Boat Traditions

September 26, 2017
7:00 pm
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The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »


November 2019

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

November 19, 2019
6:00 pm
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Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont.  Read More »


March 2020

**CANCELLED** Vermont Women and the Civil War

March 20, 2020
7:00 pm
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Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. 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. Read More »


September 2021

Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

September 16
6:00 pm
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Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Find out why a lot of us don’t like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas. Read More »


October 2021

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

October 20
6:45 pm
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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Read More »

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