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Salisbury Congregational Church

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857 Maple Street
Salisbury, VT 05769 United States

May 2016

Classic Films of the 1950s

May 4, 2016
7:30 pm

Film expert Rick Winston will show clips from several acclaimed films of various genres from the 1950s and discuss their significance. Read More »

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January 2017

A Conversation with Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson

January 21, 2017
2:00 pm

Justice Robinson will talk about the addition of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, the meaning and significance of those rights, and the independent constitutional protections under the Vermont Constitution. Read More »

February 2017

Mad Matt the Democrat

February 15, 2017
7:00 pm
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In this talk, Vincent Feeney discusses Matthew Lyon— indentured servant, Green Mountain Boy, son-in-law to Thomas Chittenden, land speculator, entrepreneur, and one of the most colorful characters in Vermont's early years. Read More »

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September 2017

Vermont and the Civil War

September 20, 2017
7:00 pm
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From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War. Read More »

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March 2018

The Many Meanings of Maple

March 21, 2018
7:00 pm
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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. Read More »

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May 2018

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

May 2, 2018
7:00 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. Read More »

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September 2018

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

September 19, 2018
7:00 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 »

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September 2019

Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

September 4, 2019
7:00 pm
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1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. Read More »

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October 2019

Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War

October 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. Historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work. Read More »

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April 2020

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

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm
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The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. However, the traditions of small-boat building from throughout our state have remained untold. In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »

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September 2020

*CANCELLED* From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

September 2, 2020
7:00 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Radtke also traces the movement’s alignment with other social justice initiatives such as temperance, labor conditions, wage equity, peace, and children’s welfare. Read More »

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October 2020

Catching People’s Stories

October 28, 2020
7:00 pm
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Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career. This technique puts the focus on people, personal history, family stories, experiences, values and attitudes. This is a reflective talk on why people tell stories. Read More »

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July 2021

From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

July 24
7:00 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Read More »

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