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Fletcher Free Library

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Burlington, 05401 United States

March 2020

“That the People May Live”: The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota

March 10
12:00 pm
Black Elk with his wife and family

This lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c. 1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks. The talk is based on Costello’s extensive historical research, extended residency in Indian Country, and continuing conversations with Lakota elders. Read More »


May 2020

Sorting the News From the Chaff

May 12
12:00 pm
Image of young man reading a newspaper

Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find "truth." Almost everything we could ever want to know is available online, but how can we tell the good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish "fake news" from the real thing? Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney will share strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. Read More »


July 2020

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

July 14
12:00 pm
Image of beekeeper with hive

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 »

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