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March 2016

Film Screening: The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition

March 25, 2016
7:00 pm
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This 2000 documentary by George Butler, based on Caroline Alexander's The Endurance, tells the story of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition ending in 1916. Read More »


April 2016

Vermont Reads: Readers Theater

April 1, 2016
7:00 pm

Participate or just listen to this dramatic group reading based on events as they unfolded in 1914-1916 on Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica. Each participant will take on the part of one of the men who set out on the expedition aboard the Endurance. Read More »


Vermont Reads Travel Talk: Antarctica

April 8, 2016
7:00 pm

Marc and Peggy Faucher have twice visited Antarctica in the past 8 years, crossing paths with the routes of explorers of 100 years ago. They will show slides of some of the historical elements as well as the current wildlife. Read More »


February 2017

Vermont Reads: Brown Girl Dreaming Book Discussion Group

February 21, 2017
7:00 pm

Librarian Wendy De Forest leads a book discussion about Jacqueline Woodson's powerful memoir. Questions will explore themes of childhood, family dynamics, and race while growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Read More »


November 2017

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

November 15, 2017
7:00 pm

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 »


December 2017

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

December 13, 2017
7:00 pm
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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. Read More »


January 2018

The Vermont Civil War Songbook

January 11, 2018
1:30 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era. Read More »


March 2018

Song of the Vikings: The Making of Norse Myths

March 18, 2018
3:00 pm
Image of Viking battling a serpent

Award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings the fascinating story of 13th-century Icelandic chieftain Snorri Sturluson’s life into focus, drawing on newly available sources and illuminating the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Read More »


April 2018

Vermont Reads 2018: Poetry and Choreography Montage

April 18, 2018
7:00 pm

Youth will present original poems and choreographed still life scenes based on scenes and themes in the book Bread and Roses Too. A discussion of the book will follow. Read More »


May 2018

Vermont Reads 2018: Protest Banner Art Show

May 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018

This month-long art show inspired by Bread and Roses, Too will feature protest banners and signs designed and created by youth using mixed media. Read More »


June 2018

Katherine Paterson Author Talk

June 5, 2018
6:30 pm
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World-renowned children’s author and Vermont resident Katherine Paterson will speak about her work, including her book, "Bread and Roses, Too," which is VHC's Vermont Reads choice for 2018. Read More »


September 2018

Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

September 13, 2018
1:30 pm
Image of 1893 bicycle club

In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Read More »


March 2019

Vermont Reads: Learning Nonviolence: The Children’s March

March 15, 2019
5:30 pm

Join staff from the Peace and Justice Center as we watch and discuss excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children's March, a film about the 1963 actions in Birmingham to learn about Kingian Nonviolence and the power of activism. The film and discussion will follow a simple soup and bread supper. Read More »


April 2019

Vermont Reads: Learning Nonviolence: Lunch Counter Sit-In

April 11, 2019
7:00 pm

This interactive theater presentation is from the National Museum of American History, where a piece of the actual lunch counter from the protest is on display. Read More »


Vermont Reads Student Exhibit

April 17, 2019
6:30 pm

Inspired by the Vermont Reads book, March, Mansfield Cooperative School students have been studying the theme of power and non-violent resistance. They will be demonstrating their learning through a variety of creative presentations throughout the building. Stop by to wander through the exhibits students have created to share their thinking about this important topic. Read More »


Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

April 18, 2019
1:30 pm
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Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler’s story remained unknown after the war—until three Kansas teens uncovered a reference to her heroism 60 years later. Read More »


Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

April 30, 2019
7:00 pm
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Presented by writer Rebecca Rupp, this talk let attendees find out about the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners – plus some catchy info on seasonal foods. Read More »


May 2019

Vermont Reads: Learning Nonviolence: Activism 101

May 7, 2019
7:00 pm

Participants will learn aspects of Kingian Nonviolence, build knowledge of successful nonviolent campaigns, explore how their own identities impact this work, and engage in role play. Designed to help unlock ways to work towards social justice and peace without perpetuating cycles of violence. Read More »


November 2019

Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

November 17, 2019
2:00 pm
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All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? What stories have people told about him in the two centuries since he lived and worked in Vermont? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »


December 2019

A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story

December 5, 2019
1:30 pm
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Abel Morrill, Sr., was an early settler of Cabot, Vermont. He was a respected farmer and maple sugar producer for much of the 19th century. His story reflects the hardship and heartbreak suffered by those who lived at the time of America’s greatest conflict, the Civil War. David Book’s portrayal of Abel Morrill profiles life before the war and life as it was affected by the war. Read More »


January 2020

Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

January 30
1:30 pm
Image from Way Down East film

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age. Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips ranging chronologically from 1919’s Way Down East to 2005’s Thank You for Smoking. Read More »


March 2020

**POSTPONED** Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

March 22
2:00 pm
Image of man with early bicycle

In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Read More »


September 2020

Above & Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

September 17
7:00 pm
Image of JFK at lectern

The thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster. Writer Michael Tougias recounts this tense chapter of history and explores how President Kennedy reached a decision on a course of action. Read More »

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