Calendar of Events

Humanities for Everyone

Loading Events

← Back to Events

Worthen Library

+ Google Map
28 Community Ln
South Hero, VT 05486 United States
http://www.worthenlibrary.org

April 2020

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

April 1, 2020
6:00 pm
Worthen Library, South Hero
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 »

Categories:

May 2020

**POSTPONED** “These Old Tunes are Good Enough for Me”: Harold Luce, the Story of a Vermont Fiddler

May 20, 2020
7:00 pm
Worthen Library, South Hero
Image of Harold Luce

Harold “Chuck” Luce (1918-2014) grew up in Chelsea, and would become one of the premier traditional “Yankee” fiddlers of his generation. Adam Boyce, one of Luce’s many pupils, shares photos, audio recordings, and personal recollections of Harold, and also plays a few favorite tunes that he learned from him. Read More »

Categories:

June 2020

Murder in the Vermont Woods: A Story About Race, Class, and Gender in the 19th Century

June 3, 2020
7:00 pm
Worthen Library, South Hero
Image of Vermont forest in winter

Historian Jill Mudgett tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. Read More »

Categories:

June 2021

Must Free Speech Endure Hate Speech?

June 29
7:00 pm
Worthen Library, South Hero

The First Amendment prevents Congress from passing any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. But what does that actually mean? In this presentation, professor Meg Mott considers the history of speech laws in the United States, how states and municipalities have tried to curb offensive speech, and how the Supreme Court has ruled on those efforts. Read More »

Categories:

July 2021

Breeding Radicals: The Importation, Refinement, and Exportation of Social Conflict in Early Vermont (1761 – 1861)

July 7
6:00 pm
Worthen Library, South Hero

Present-day Vermont has a reputation for offering a peaceful break from the hectic stress of discord elsewhere. However, Vermont’s history doesn’t align with this perception. In this lecture, Philip Crossman looks at the turmoil of early Vermont and examines how political, cultural, religious, and personal contentions were imported from older colonies, modified in Vermont, and then exported elsewhere. Read More »

Categories:

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

July 17
11:00 am
Worthen Library, South Hero
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 »

Categories:
+ Export Events