I am responding to the message you posted on the Center for Research on Vermont
list. This is the second query of this type we have received from Sisters High
School. I am pleased that you have shortened the list from the one that Jeff
Guggenheim sent. I still think, however, that this is an odd way to study the
history of the state. Here are some suggestions that I made to Jeff:
Your local town or school library could get these from a Vermont library (my
library does not lend) through interlibrary loan.
Kathy Pelta, Hello USA: Vermont, 1993.
Kathleen Thompson, Steck-Vaughn Portrait of America: Vermont, 1996.
Dennis Brindell Fradin, From Sea to Shining Sea: Vermont, 1993.
Sylvia McNair, America the Beautiful: Vermont, 1991.
Cora Cheney, Vermont: The State with the Storybook Past, 1979, 1986.
John Duffy, Vermont: An Illustrated History, 1985.
Also, since you shortened your list of questions, here are some answers to your
1. Worse thing: Flood of 1927
2. Best thing: Series of laws that restricted and eventually banned
3. Richest person: Mansfield Freeman of Stowe.
4. Export and sample: Maple syrup. You can get a sample, I hope, at a
grocery store. You are looking for the real thing, 100% maple syrup, not brown
sugar syrup such as "Vermont Maid" or "Log Cabin." If your grocery store
doesn't carry it (look in the "Gourmet" section) there are companies on the web
from which you can place an order. Try http://www.vermontlife.com or any
commercial web site that promotes Vermont products.
5. Most beautiful place in Vermont: That has no answer.
6. Most famous artist: Norman Rockwell; any library should have a book on
7. Most famous black person: Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833), a black preacher from
Rutland. He's very obscure, but that's the best we can do. Or you could say
that David Johnson is the most famous black. He was at the center of the
controversy known as the Irasburg Affair (1968) which has been retold by Howard
Frank Mosher in Stranger in the Kingdom and now is a movie of the same title.
Or, you could say Lucy Prince (1724?-1821). Or ...
8. Original Vermonters: The Abenaki. Try this book: The Abenaki by Colin
Calloway (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989).
I sent Jeff a couple of handouts on Vermont. Perhaps he can share them with
you. If not, please send you name and address and I can send them to you, too.
Could you please send me the name and address of your teacher for this project?
Good luck with your project; Vermont is a great state!
Paul A. Carnahan, Librarian
Vermont Historical Society
109 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05609-0901
Voice: 802-828-2291 Fax: 802-828-3638
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