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Calendar of Events — June 1 through July 15, 2008
All events are free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities, unless otherwise noted.


SUNDAY, JUNE 8 ~ DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER: A VERMONTER FOR THE WORLD. Dorothy Canfield Fisher wrote often about Vermont, but she was a writer beyond our region who communicated to the world and to the human spirit. She celebrated the book as the surest tool for thought. In her forty books of fiction and non-fiction, she attacked discrimination, intolerance, brutality, and fraud. Her writing was vibrant and heartening with glorious aspects of living life with courage and joy. This living history presentation by Helene Lang showcases her life's works. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Arlington Townscape Association, Inc. East Arlington, Federated Church, 2:00 p.m. Call Nancy Boardman, (802) 375-6138.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 ~ 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 by Sarah Payne. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Rupert Historical Society and R. K. Kittay Public Library. Rupert, Rupert Library and Historical Museum, Main Street, Route 153, 7:00 p.m. Call Gene Higgins, (802) 394-7738.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 ~ GEORGIA O'KEEFFE: AN AMERICAN MASTER. Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986) 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 program hosted by Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning. Manchester Village, First Congregational Church of Manchester, 7:00 p.m. Call Sally Handy, (802) 824-3737.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 ~ MEET ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: PRIVATE CITIZEN AND FIRST LADY OF THE WORLD. Elena Dodd presents a one-woman drama and historical interpretation of Eleanor Roosevelt after the death of FDR, when she came into her own as an effective participant in international affairs, human rights, and national politics. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Bennington Senior Center. Bennington Senior Center, 1:00 p.m. Call Diana Stager, (802) 442-1052.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 ~ FORWARD FROM HERE: LEAVING MIDDLE AGE AND OTHER UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES. ***Rescheduled talk.*** Part of the First Wednesdays series. Author Reeve Lindbergh talks about “leaving middle age, and other unexpected adventures,” from snapping turtles in the road to new revelations, and new relatives in her family. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7:00 p.m. Call Lisa von Kann, (802) 748-8291.

MONDAY, JULY 7 ~ ALL THE GOOD BOOKS: FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT BIBLIOPHILE. In this “sequel” to ''I Cannot Live Without Books: Confessions of an Unrepentant Bibliophile,” Kevin Graffagnino continues his examination of the premise that life without books and reading is not worth living. If the life of the mind is under attack in this technological age, book lovers will find ample ammunition here for the battle. Some of the selections from Graffagnino's 2006 volume, “All the Good Books: Quotations for Bibliophiles,” will surprise you; some will inspire you; and some will just make you laugh—but together they will remind you that the world of books is a wonderful place. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Peacham Library. Peacham Library, 8:00 p.m. Call Jutta Scott, (802) 592-3216.


MONDAY, JUNE 2 ~ BOOK/FILM DISCUSSION: STEPHEN KING'S RITA HAYWORTH AND THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (FILM). Part of the From Page to Screen II series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Arthur W. Biddle.
A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin Retirement Community, 7:00 p.m. Call Mary Ann Horenstein, (802) 985-2992.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: ANNIE DILLARD'S PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK. Part of the Literary Vistas series. As the landscapes around us change and evolve, are there corresponding changes in our own personal, social, and cultural identities? This series focuses on the inter-relationship between people and nature. Led by Arthur W. Biddle. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Friends of the North Hero Public Library. North Hero Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Call Barbara Mooney, (802) 372-5458.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: DON SNYDER'S THE CLIFF WALK: A MEMOIR OF A JOB LOST AND A LIFE FOUND. Part of the Blue Collar America series. Who is the working class? Look past the stereotypes to examine the realities of minimum wage existence, small-town economics, social divisions, and what does or doesn't constitute the good life. Led by Suzanne H. Brown. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Bradford Public Library. Bradford Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Call Irene Mann, (802) 222-4536.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 22 ~ 2008 VERMONT HISTORY EXPO. This annual weekend heritage festival held on the Tunbridge World Fairgrounds hosts 4,500-5,000 attendees. Exhibits from town historical societies, music, family activities, food, presentations, performances, and more. The 2008 Expo will feature a new component centered on highlighting Vermont during the Civil War. $8.00/adults, $4.00/6-18 years, free to children five years and under. Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Presented by the Vermont Historical Society and supported in part by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council. For more information, visit

SUNDAY, JUNE 29 ~ CIVIL WAR SITES IN VERMONT. The Civil War affected everyone, not just those who carried a gun. In researching a new book on Civil War home sites, historian and author Howard Coffin has found some fascinating places right here in Vermont, including a cave where a man lived for years to avoid the draft, a home where a woman sequestered herself after hearing of her fiancÚ's death, and an isolated house where soldiers returning with syphilis were quarantined. Come hear about these places and share your stories of Civil War sites in your community. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Braintree Historical Society. Braintree Hill Meeting House, Braintree Hill Road (off Route 12), 4:00 p.m. Call Phyllis Hawley, (802) 728-5272.

BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: THE TIES THAT BIND. Each of these National Book Award winners or nominees asks us to re-examine our notions of family. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Latham Memorial Library. Thetford, Latham Memorial Library, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Call Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.
- June 11, Marilyn Nelson Waniek's THE HOMEPLACE. Led by Jean Gerber.
- June 25, Marilynne Robinson's HOUSEKEEPING. Led by Patricia S. Norton.
- July 9, Gloria Naylor's THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE. Led by Jean Gerber.


TUESDAY, JUNE 3 ~ ABBY HEMENWAY AND THE VERMONT HISTORICAL GAZETTEER. Abby Hemenway (1828-1890) was the editor of the Vermont Historical Gazetteer, a nineteenth-century treasure trove of local history. A work for the whole people, its five thick volumes contain an unrivaled collection of stories about the domestic and social life of early Vermont women, including their encounters with bears. Hemenway biographer Deborah Clifford will share some of these wonderful tales and speak about the remarkable woman who devoted a lifetime to preserving them. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Orleans County Historical Society. Brownington, Brownington Grange Hall, Hinman Settler Road, 3:00 p.m. Call Peggy Gibson, (802) 754-2022.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 ~ THE GREAT DEBATE: IS IT TIME FOR A SECOND VERMONT REPUBLIC? ***Rescheduled talk.*** Part of the First Wednesdays series. UVM Professor Frank Bryan and former Deputy Secretary of State Paul Gillies debate whether the time has come for a Second Republic of Vermont. This debate will be moderated by Ethan Allen Institute President John McClaughry. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

TUESDAY, JULY 15 ~ GEORGE HOUGHTON: VERMONT'S CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPHER. A hidden gem in Vermont's history is the photographic work completed by Brattleboro photographer George Houghton. He took poignant views of Vermont soldiers in the field, camp, and at home. Donald Wickman will explain some of Houghton’s life and show a number of the images that brought the Civil War back to Vermont via photography. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by NEK Civil War Round Table. Newport, East Side Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, 7:00 p.m. Call Joan Huguenin, (802) 754-6402.


THURSDAY, JUNE 12 ~ BOOKSIGNING AND AUTHOR TALK: A GUIDE TO FICTION SET IN VERMONT FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS. Meet author Ann McKinstry Micou and learn about her new guide to Vermont’s fiction. Wardsboro Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Call Jill Dean, (802) 896-6988.
WEDNESDAYS, JULY 2 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: ROBERT PENN WARREN'S ALL THE KING'S MEN. Part of the Pulitzers series. What is it that makes a book worthy of a Pulitzer? Do the characteristics change over time? Led by Richard M. Wizansky. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Dover Free Library. East Dover, Dover Free Library, 7:00 p.m. Call John Flores, (802) 348-7488.

BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: FOUNDERS & PRESIDENTS OF THE PAST. This series, part of an ongoing discussion program leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, combines biographies and histories of four of our founding fathers, as well as four 20th-century presidents post-WWII. Delve into the lives and leadership of these influential Americans. Led by Deborah L. Luskin. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Call Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.
- June 11, Stephen Ambrose's EISENHOWER
- July 9, Robert Dallek's AN UNFINISHED LIFE: JOHN F. KENNEDY, 1917-1963


THURSDAY, JUNE 5 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS' REINDEER MOON. Part of the People and Other Animals series. Using novels and works of natural history, this series stimulates discussion on the intricate, differing ways that humans relate to creatures of other species. How do human and animal societies resemble each other? How have animals come to symbolize certain qualities to humans? How do they live in our imaginations as opposed to the way they live in life? Led by Patricia M. Stuart. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Springfield Town Library. Springfield Town Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Nancy Tusinski, (802) 885-3108.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: KAMALA MARKANDAYA'S NECTAR IN A SIEVE. Part of the Honor series. What is honor? How has the understanding of honor changed from culture to culture, era to era? How does one resolve the competing claims of honor when, for example, personal honor diverges from family honor, from national honor? Led by Suzanne H. Brown. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Call Mary McKenna, (802) 296-2191.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 ~ 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 Rachael Cohen.
A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Hartland Public Library. Hartland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Call Theresa Gregory, (802) 436-2473.

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