St. J Talk on Vermont's State House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2010
CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.2626 x302

Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Vermont State Curator Reflects on 150 Years of the State House at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum


St. Johnsbury ~ Vermont State Curator David Schutz will examine the history and significance of Vermont’s State House at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on January 5. His talk, “Vermont’s State House at 150 Years,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Schutz will share historical highlights of one of the nation's oldest and best-preserved capitol buildings. He will examine its architectural, cultural, and political significance, and share stories of its past, its recent restoration, and its central place in the hearts of all Vermonters.

Schutz has served as State Curator in Vermont since 1986. He oversaw the restoration of the Vermont State House, and now provides oversight in the preservation of all historic buildings owned by the State of Vermont. He is the co-author of Intimate Grandeur: The Vermont State House.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in St. Johnsbury are held at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Burlington (at Fletcher Free Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); and Rutland (at Rutland Free Library). The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 

Upcoming St. Johnsbury talks include “Reconstructing Honor” with Aine Donovan of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute on February 2; “The Two Vermonts: Then and Now” with professor and author Paul Searls on March 2; and “The Obama Administration and the Middle East” with UVM lecturer Gordon Robison on April 6.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is sponsored by Friends of St. Johnsbury Athenaeum/Secondhand Prose.

“The Vermont State House at 150 Years” is sponsored by TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design. It is a National Endowment for the Humanities We the People project: Sharing the lessons of history with all Americans.

For more information, contact St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at 802.748.8291 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.