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Orwell Free Library

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Orwell, 05760 United States

March 2016

Books for Lunch Discussion: The Endurance

March 30, 2016
11:45 am

Join Orwell Village School students and interested community members for a book discussion of Caroline Alexander's The Endurance. Lunch will be provided. Read More »


September 2016

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

September 27, 2016
6:30 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. Read More »


April 2017

Lake Champlain over the Years: A Visual and Historical Narrative

April 19, 2017
6:00 pm
Image of historical etching of Lake Champlain

Since 1607, Lake Champlain has been a site of military conflict, commerce and recreation. Vermont historian Don Wickman will feature tales of lake heritage coupled with illustrations. Read More »


November 2017

Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont

November 15, 2017
7:00 pm
Image of Green Mountain Parkway map

Vermonters weren’t always eager to have good roads. Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin asks, given this opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weathers, in all corners of the state? Read More »


October 2018

New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950

October 17, 2018
7:00 pm
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For several generations, aspiring New England artists used our history, landscape, environment, and traditional industries as subject matter and muse–drawing inspiration from their environment and helping to shape New England's image at home and abroad. William Hosley tells the story of the painters, printmakers and photographers who pictured our world "New Englandly." Read More »


March 2019

George Houghton: Vermont’s Civil War Photographer

March 20
6:00 pm
Image of Civil War soldier at campsite

A hidden gem in Vermont's history is the photographic work of Civil War-era Brattleboro photographer George Houghton. He captured poignant images of Vermont soldiers in the field, camp, and at home. This talk by historian Donald Wickman will explore Houghton’s life and work, and examine some of the images that brought the Civil War back to Vermont via photography. Read More »

September 2019

Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

September 25
7:00 pm
Image of sharpshooters taking aim

Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little-recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well represented in this elite group of marksmen. Read More »

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