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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Vermont Historian Shares the Story of Vermont’s Landscape at Norwich Congregational Church


Norwich ~ Vermont historian Jan Albers will discuss the historical forces that have shaped Vermont’s landscape in a talk at Norwich Congregational Church on January 4. Her talk, "The History of the Vermont Landscape," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Albers will discuss Vermont’s strong sense of being special, despite its small size, due to its independent spirit and its pride in preserving a landscape of exceptional beauty.

Albers grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. She earned a doctorate from Yale and is the executive director of the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. She is the author of Hands on the Land: A History of the Vermont Landscape.

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 Norwich are held at Norwich Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society.

Upcoming Norwich talks include “The Memoir Boom: Who, What, Why” with Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes on February 1; “The Vanishing Twentieth-Century American Composer” with Dartmouth music professor Steve Swayne on March 7; and “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation” with author Ellen Fitzpatrick on April 4.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.

Norwich Public Library is sponsored by Friends of Norwich Public Library, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Ledyard National Bank, Mascoma Savings Bank, and Norwich Historical Society.

“The History of the Vermont Landscape” is sponsored by The Preservation Trust of Vermont.

For more information, contact Norwich Public Library at 802.649.1184, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Essex Junction (at Brownell 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); Rutland (at Rutland Free Library); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 

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.

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