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The Queen City's Anniversary Dreams: A Century of Champlain Commemorations

Kevin Dann
Professor of World History at SUNY-Plattsburgh

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room
Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont
Free and open to the public.

In 1909, Burlington and the entire Champlain Valley celebrated the 300th anniversary of European "discovery," and the parades, pageants, speeches and spectacles prophetically mapped the nation's twentieth century course toward empire. A half century later, at the 350th anniversary Champlain celebration in 1959, the dreams and stories told by  the region's residents marked another landmark in local memory.  Kevin Dann, author of A Short Story of American Destiny, 1909 – 2009, will use these episodes of remembering to explore how we may choose to remember Champlain and the region's past at this moment of the Quadricentennial.  Dann will also speak about his own dream to rediscover a lost history of courageous and creative peacemaking through a “Corridor of Amity” pilgrimage from Montreal to Manhattan in  2009.

Kevin Dann received his BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, his MA from the University of Vermont, and his PhD from Rutgers.  He has written extensively on Vermont history topics, including articles on the Eugenics Survey of Vermont, the College of Natural History, and George W. Benedict.  He is the author of _Lewis Creek Lost and Found_, _Bright Colors Falsely Seen: Synaesthesia and the Search for Transcendental Knowledge_, and _Traces on the Appalachians: A Natural History of Serpentine in Eastern North America_.

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, call 656-2138 or e-mail [log in to unmask]. Parking is available at the visitor parking lot on College St

Prudence Doherty
Public Services Librarian
Special Collections
Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont
538 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405

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