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799 VT Route 106
Reading, VT 05062 United States

February 2019

The Many Meanings of Maple

February 16, 2019
5:00 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. Reading Historical Society's annual meeting will precede the talk. "Brinner" or Breakfast for Dinner will be served including pancakes and maple syrup. Read More »

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February 2020

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

February 15
6:00 pm
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The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state’s settlement, development, culture and politics. But 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 »

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May 2020

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

May 17
3:00 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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August 2020

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

August 16
3:00 pm
Image of Vermont field in winter

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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