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Tenney Memorial Library

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4886 Main St South
Newbury, VT 05051 United States

June 2019

Vermont Reads: The Black Freedom Movement with Penny Patch

June 23
2:00 pm

Come and hear from someone who was in The Black Freedom Movement—Penny Patch. Penny worked as an Organizer for SNCC (student Non-Coordinating Committee) from 1962-65 in Georgia and Mississippi, organizing and participating in demonstrations to desegregate public accommodations. She took part in sit-ins with some of the young people you read about in March. She helped register voters and taught in Freedom Schools. Penny moved to Vermont in 1966 and has continued to work for racial justice in Vermont and elsewhere. Read More »


July 2019

“A Woman, Ain’t I?”

July 7
2:00 pm
Image of Kathryn Woods as Sojourner Truth

Born a slave in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, and suffragist. This program, presented by Kathryn Woods, tells Sojourner Truth's story in her own words, speeches, and songs. Read More »


August 2019

Double-Talk on Doubleday: How a Dead Civil War General Invented Baseball Without His Permission

August 4
2:00 pm
Image of Abner Doubleday

Why, how, and when did Abner Doubleday became the imagined inventor of America’s pastime? Norwich University Professor Rowly Brucken will explore the founding myths of baseball’s real and fictional origins, and will consider the broader context of the age of imperialism in America, New England sports history, and Victorian scandals. Read More »


September 2019

Vermont’s Musical Ladies

September 29
2:00 pm
Image of Linda Radtke singing

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts. Read More »

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