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Goodrich Memorial Library

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202 Main St
Newport, VT 05855 United States

February 2021

*DIGITAL* The News about the News

February 3
7:00 pm
Two people reading different newspapers on a park bench

In today’s political and cultural atmosphere, it is vital the public stays informed and the press does its job. Journalists Cindy Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the current media landscape, distinguishing between fake and real news, amateur and professional, slanted and objective. (Registration required.) Read More »


March 2021

Vincent Van Gogh and His Language of Compassion

March 3
7:00 pm
Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)

Despite his reputation for madness, Vincent Van Gogh was a compassionate and faith-filled man. Art historian Carol Berry explains how Van Gogh depicted the sacredness of life in ways that touched and comforted people around the world. Read More »


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

March 9
10:00 am
Image of garden vegetables

Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites. Read More »


April 2021

Three Revolutions in the History of Happiness

April 7
7:00 pm

Florida State University history professor Darrin McMahon considers three major transformations in humanity’s understanding of happiness. Covering the Paleolithic period to the present, McMahon ponders what the history of happiness might have to tell us about its future. Read More »


May 2021

The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

May 5
7:00 pm
Young hippies playing flute with sheep in Vermont

In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont, transforming the state while being transformed themselves. Read More »

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