VERMONT HUMANITIES COUNCIL
Sharing Our Past . . . Shaping Our Future
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11 Loomis Street * Montpelier, Vermont 05602 * (802) 262-2626
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Calendar of Events - July 1 through August 15, 2007
All events are free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities, unless otherwise noted.
MONDAY, JULY 16 ~ WHO WAS ROBERT FROST AND WHO ARE WE? This informal talk and group discussion with poet Geof Hewitt includes a reading of several of Frost's poems. Goals of the discussion include comparing how Frost portrayed Vermont and its people to how he might see Vermont today. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning. Manchester, Equinox Village, 7:00 p.m. Call Sally Handy, (802) 824-3737.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 ~ GEORGIA O'KEEFFE: AN AMERICAN MASTER. Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986) early in her career, clearly demonstrated her fierce independence as she charted her own course between representation and abstraction. O'Keeffe's greatly enlarged flower paintings of the 1920s brought her fame, and her long and productive life transformed her into an American icon. In 1946 she became the first woman to be the subject of a one-person retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. O'Keeffe and her husband, Alfred Stieglitz belonged to that vanguard of modernists who profoundly changed America's cultural landscape in the first half of the 20th century. Learn about this fascinating artist from retired Art History professor Bob Manning in a slide show and talk. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 12:00 p.m. Call Naomi Miller, (802) 652-7480.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 ~ BEARING WITNESS: ART AS SOCIAL COMMENTARY AND ART AS PROPAGANDA. The art and posters of World War II will be the main focus of this slide lecture by Bob Manning. Every government engaged in that conflict - Axis and other allied powers alike - produced powerful art that glorified the struggle on their own side while vilifying the enemy. Drawings made in secret by inmates of concentration camps will also be shown. Special emphasis is given to Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings. Rockwell did these paintings in his Arlington, Vermont studio in 1943, using neighbors as models. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Milton Historical Society. Milton Historical Museum, 7:30 p.m. Call Richard Stowell, (802) 893-4546.
SUNDAY, JULY 8 ~ "EVEN WE HERE...": ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN ST. ALBANS. This presentation by Michael Fox Kennedy is assembled from the words of Abraham Lincoln. "Even we here . . ." is filled with his humor, indignation, grief, and passionate eloquence. While it often touches on his life as husband and father, it focuses primarily on his rise from obscurity in Illinois, his struggle against slavery, and his ordeal in the Civil War. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by St. Albans Historical Society. St. Albans Historical Museum, Auditorium, 2:00 p.m. Call L. Wilfred Fleury, (802) 527-9821.
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FRIDAY, JULY 20 ~ SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN. Learn about Lake Champlain's most harrowing shipwreck stories from the Revolutionary War to the present day with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum archaeologist Adam Kane. With over 300 wrecks in its dark, cold waters, Lake Champlain has witnessed feats of heroism and terrible tragedies. Take a memorable tour through slides, drawings, and video of what lies beneath the waves. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Isle La Motte Historical Society and Isle La Motte Elementary School. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 7:00 p.m. Call Mary Jane Tiedgen, (802) 928-3223.
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: YANKEES & STRANGERS: THE NEW ENGLAND TOWN. The traditional view of the New England town is pastoral, small-scale, and well-ordered. Its inhabitants, of Anglo-Saxon stock, are taciturn, frugal, and hardworking. But the reality is much more complicated. How and when did the popular image of the New England town develop? What role did immigration and urbanization play? Are traditional town virtues a reality today, or only a nostalgic image? Led by Arthur W. Biddle. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by North Hero Public Library and Friends of the North Hero Public Library. North Hero Public Library, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call Barbara Mooney, (802) 372-5458.
- July 11, Kenneth Lockridge's A NEW ENGLAND TOWN: THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS
- July 25, Harriet Wilson's OUR NIG: OR SKETCHES FROM THE LIFE OF A FREE BLACK
- August 8, Robert Frost's POETRY AND PROSE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 ~ AGATHA CHRISTIE: CREATOR OF MISS JANE MARPLE AND HERCULE POIROT. In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Learn about her life and walk in her footsteps in England. Discover why she was so knowledgeable about the poisons used in her stories; what influences in her life informed the creation of her famous leading detectives; some personal information about her family; and why she went to Yorkshire under an assumed name. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Friends of the Stowe Free Library. Stowe Free Library, Meeting Room, 7:00 p.m. Call Dan Reever, (802) 253-7917.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 ~ BEARING WITNESS: ART AS SOCIAL COMMENTARY AND ART AS PROPAGANDA. The art and posters of World War II will be the main focus of this slide lecture by Bob Manning. Every government engaged in that conflict - Axis and other allied powers alike - produced powerful art that glorified the struggle on their own side while vilifying the enemy. Drawings made in secret by inmates of concentration camps will also be shown. Special emphasis is given to Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings. Rockwell did these paintings in his Arlington, Vermont studio in 1943, using neighbors as models. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Ryegate Historical Society. East Ryegate, Whitelaw Hall, 8:00 p.m. Call Dwight White, (802) 584-3520.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 ~ GEORGIA O'KEEFFE: AN AMERICAN MASTER. Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986) early in her career, clearly demonstrated her fierce independence as she charted her own course between representation and abstraction. O'Keeffe's greatly enlarged flower paintings of the 1920s brought her fame, and her long and productive life transformed her into an American icon. In 1946 she became the first woman to be the subject of a one-person retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. O'Keeffe and her husband, Alfred Stieglitz belonged to that vanguard of modernists who profoundly changed America's cultural landscape in the first half of the 20th century. Learn about this fascinating artist from retired Art History professor Bob Manning in a slide show and talk. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Fairlee Public Library. Fairlee Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Call Debra Edmands, (802) 333-4716.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 ~ LOOKING BACK AT VERMONT: FARM SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PHOTOGRAPHS IN VERMONT, 1936-1942. This abundantly illustrated talk by Nancy Price Graff examines the impact of this famous government project in Vermont. Over seven years, nine photographers working for the Farm Security Administration's Historical Section visited Vermont to document its rural culture. Each had a unique assignment, and each had a unique way of looking at Vermont. This slide lecture considers some of the 1,600 photographs taken by these artists from the perspective of the times and from the perspective of Vermont's evolving image. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Fairlee Public Library. Fairlee Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Call Debra Edmands, (802) 333-4716.
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: FILM, FEASTS, AND FICTION. This series uses film and literature to explore various cultures and historic periods through the unifying theme of food. Videos accompany the series. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Peabody Library. Post Mills, Peabody Library, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Call Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.
- July 11, Antonio Skarmeta's IL POSTINO. Led by Jim Schley.
- July 25, Laura Esquivel's LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE. Led by Kathleen Osgood Dana.
TUESDAY, JULY 10 ~ "I HAVE DOCTORED MYSELF AS WELL AS I COULD": LAYWOMAN AS MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER. Whether using wet sheets to break a threatening fever, enticing a very long tape worm from a toddler's bowels, midwifing the birth of a neighbor's child, nursing a baby through dysentery, or using herbs to combat their own bouts of depression, frontierswomen practiced a folk medicine - and a folk wisdom - that served themselves, their families, and their communities well. Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith place these women within the context of nineteenth-century medical practice and invite discussion of parallels between folk remedies of yesteryear and alternative medicine practices of today. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Rutland County Retired Teachers. Castleton State College, Huden Dining Hall, Alumni Room, 1:00 p.m. Call Martha St. Onge, (802) 775-1642.
SUNDAY, JULY 15 ~ "I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU": VERMONT WOMEN AND THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT. By 1860 some forty-two percent of Vermont's residents had left behind its rocky hillsides and headed westward. Sarah Town of Franklin no doubt spoke for many another homesick emigrant when she wrote from Illinois in 1846, "Though far away among strangers in a strange land . . . I have not forgotten you." Through diaries, letters, and reminiscences, the speakers share the experiences of Sarah Town and other women who left - but never forgot - Vermont. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Mount Holly Community Historical Museum. Mt. Holly, Mount Holly Community Historical Museum, 2:00 p.m. Call Robin Eatmon, (802) 259-2646.
SATURDAY, JULY 21 ~ BOOKSIGNING AND AUTHOR TALK: A GUIDE TO FICTION SET IN VERMONT. Meet author Ann McKinstry Micou and learn more about her book - the first book published by VHC. Hubbardton Battlefield State Park, presentation to the League of Vermont Writers. Contact Sharon Faelten, [log in to unmask]
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 ~ A HARD FOUNDING FATHER TO LOVE: IRA ALLEN OF VERMONT. Land speculator, revolutionary, pamphleteer, and government leader, Ira Allen (1751-1814) was a significant figure in eighteenth-century Vermont, but Green Mountain history today features little fame and less affection for his memory. This lecture by J. Kevin Graffagnino outlines Ira's checkered career and assesses his participation in defending an independent Vermont, the Haldimand Negotiations, and the development of the Champlain Valley, along with his plans for revolutions to create democratic republics in British Canada and the area that became Texas. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Poultney Historical Society. East Poultney, Baptist Church Sanctuary, Village Green, Route 140 East, 11:00 a.m. Call Gail Vreeland, (802) 287-9760 or Cheryl Hanson, (802) 287-2330.
SATURDAY, JULY 7 ~ SUSAN B. ANTHONY - THE INVINCIBLE! The feisty activist comes to life - circulating petitions, getting arrested, and challenging legislators, presidents, and newsmen - in Sally Matson's spirited performance. Although Anthony received a marriage proposal from a wealthy Vermont widower, she turned down all proposals and spent her life on the road, campaigning for abolition, women's rights, and woman suffrage. Letters, speeches, and diaries reveal her wit and intellect as she deals with angry mobs, trips through the West, the Civil War, the 15th Amendment and famous contemporaries such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, William Lloyd Garrison, and Horace Greeley. Note how issues then mirror issues now. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Warren Public Library and Warren Elementary School. Warren Elementary School, 3:00 p.m. Call Mary Bisbee, (802) 496-9458.
THURSDAY, JULY 12 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR'S THE COMING OF AGE. In The Coming of Age, Simone de Beauvoir asks readers to broaden their expectations of what it means to grow older. The study spans a millennium, touching on a variety of nations and cultures, to uncover "society's secret shame" - the ostracism that we wittingly or unwittingly impose on the elderly. Led by Patricia M. Stuart. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Warren Public Library and Joslin Memorial Library. Joslin Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Mary Bisbee, (802) 496-9458.
MONDAY, JULY 16 ~ SUSPENDED WORLDS: VERMONT'S PAINTED THEATER CURTAINS. Between 1880 and World War II, painted theater curtains were artistic features of most New England villages and towns. In Vermont, painted curtains graced stages in town and grange halls, opera houses, and community theaters. A culture of local variety shows and traveling, professional talent flourished in front of those curtains in some very remote places. A tour of some of the 177 curtains in Vermont provides a glimpse into the world of talented and often sophisticated artists who were part of the rural cultural scene. Focusing on Charles Henry and his family troupe, with their blackface, their assortment of musical instruments, and their comedies, this program examines the cultural history of small town Vermont before World War I. The speaker is former and founding Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance director Christine Hadsel, who is currently project director for the Painted Theater Curtains of Vermo!
nt conservation project. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by East Montpelier Historical Society. East Montpelier, Four Corners Schoolhouse, 7:00 p.m. Call Chris Reed, (802) 454-7328.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: ERNEST GAINES' IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE. Gaines explores how all of us - even a man of the cloth - must face our past. Respected Louisiana minister, civil rights leader, and devoted family man Reverand Martin confronts his when a mysterious and threatening stranger arrives in town. Led by Nathaniel Frothingham. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Warren Public Library and Joslin Memorial Library. Warren Public Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Mary Bisbee, (802) 496-9458.
THURSDAY, JULY 19 ~ OH, VICTORIA! She was the first woman to run for President of the United States (1872) and was the first to testify before a committee of Congress. She traveled the country, preaching free love. She and her sister were the world's first female stockbrokers. They also broke the scandal of the century on the front page of their newspaper. She spent her last thirty years as Lady of the Manor in Bredons Norton, England. Victoria Woodhull was larger than life. 'Oh, Victoria!' is a one-woman, one-act, mini-musical monologue, performed in period costume. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Dummerston Historical Society. Dummerston, Dummerston Center Grange Hall, 8:00 p.m. Call Dwight Miller, (802) 254-9158.
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: PULITZERS II. This series invites readers to curl up with a diverse array of award-winning novels and ask themselves: Why did they win? And would I have chosen them if I had been a judge? Whether it's the well-drawn characters, evocative settings, rich language - or all of the above - the ensuing discussion is sure to be dynamic. Led by Richard M. Wizansky. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Dover Free Library. East Dover, Dover Free Library, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Call John Flores, (802) 348-7488.
- July 11, John Steinbeck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH
- July 25, Beth Henley's CRIMES OF THE HEART
- August 8, Alice Walker's THE COLOR PURPLE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 ~ ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: ADVOCATE FOR UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS. In this informal talk, Mrs. Roosevelt, as portrayed by Elena Dodd, recalls her years with the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first of its kind, the Declaration has remained a crucial statement since its adoption in 1948. Eleanor Roosevelt describes the struggles to reach consensus among delegates from diverse nations and cultures, and manages to find humor in each difficult situation. She reminds us vividly that human rights and responsibilities begin at home, in the everyday world of human beings. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Plymouth, Union Christian Church, 2:00 p.m. Call Cynthia Bittinger, (802) 672-3389.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 ~ ASPECTS OF VERMONT HISTORY. J. Kevin Graffagnino knows Vermont and its history. What are you interested in - Ira Allen; The Quotable Ethan Allen; The St. Albans Raid; Vermont in the Victorian Age; Early Vermont Maps; Collecting Paper Vermontiana? Let this Vermont historian, director of the Vermont Historical Society, answer all your questions. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Black River Academy Museum and Historical Society. Ludlow, Black River Academy Museum and Historical Society, 7:00 p.m. Call Georgia Brehm, (802) 228-5050.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: ANTHONY TROLLOPE'S CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? Part of the Meet the Victorians series. For some people, Victorian evokes images of overstuffed furniture and repressed, sanctimonious people, but for the Victorians themselves, life was anything but stuffy and staid. In fact, the world was changing at a dizzying pace, with railroads and the telegraph collapsing time and space, and a booming industrial economy bringing both great wealth and terrible poverty. This series takes readers beyond stereotypes to a better understanding of the Victorians and ourselves. Led by Suzanne H. Brown. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Quechee Library. Quechee Library, 4:30 p.m. Call Kate Schaal, (802) 295-1232.
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