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Contact: Penny Pillsbury 878-6955
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street Essex Junction, Vt. 05452
Harold Meeks Memorial Vermont Lecture Series Kick-Off Event with Author
Paul Searls on Two Vemonts
Paul Searls, Lyndon State College History Professor and author of _Two
Vermonts : Geography and Identity 1865-1910_, is the initial speaker for
the Harold Meeks Lecture series at the Brownell Library on Wednesday,
September 20, 2006, at 7 pm in the Kolvoord Community Room. The Meeks
family offered the library a bequest for the series in memory of Harold
Meeks, University of Vermont Professor Emeritus of Geography, who served as
a Library Trustee from 1975 to 1997.
_Two Vermonts_ establishes a little-known fact about Vermont: that the
state's fascination with tourism as a savior for a suffering economy is
more than a century old, and that this interest in tourism has always been
dogged by controversy. Through this lens, the book is poised to take its
place as the standard work on Vermont in the Gilded Age and the Progressive
Era. Searls examines the origins of Vermont's contemporary identity and
some reasons why that identity ("Who is a Vermonter?") is to this day so
hotly contested. Searls divides nineteenth-century Vermonters into
conceptually "uphill," or rural/parochial, and "downhill," or
urban/cosmopolitan, elements. Copies of the book will be available for sale
in limited numbers.
"We think Hal would have been fascinated by Professor Searls's book about
how the townies and the hill folks had a different view of progress in
Vermont. We hope to find many other speakers and programs that will reflect
his interest in many facets of Vermont's changing landscape. Of course we
are very grateful to Hal's family for supporting the Brownell Library in
this important fashion, " says Penny Pillsbury, Library Director.
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