FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2012

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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture


Photographer Margaret Bourke-White Comes to Life at First Congregational Church in Manchester



Manchester ~ Actress and educator Sally Matson will portray pioneering photographer Margaret Bourke-White in a living history presentation at First Congregational Church in Manchester on January 2. Her performance, "Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.


Margaret Bourke-White was a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s, capturing influential images of industry, war, and world leaders. In her performance, Sally Matson as Bourke-White will share her adventures of climbing on skyscrapers, leaning out of airplanes, and going into war zones with an indomitable spirit.


Sally Matson has performed for a Department of Defense show in the Pacific and has been a writer and interviewer for Connecticut Cable TV.  She worked at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in New Canaan, CT, as actor, director and publicist. She has had major roles in many productions, including A Thousand Clowns, The Importance of Being Earnest, Under Milkwood, O'Susannah, and The Crucible. She also performs “Susan B. Anthony—the Invincible!” as part of VHC’s Speakers Bureau program. 


The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May. Talks in Manchester are held at First Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Mark Skinner Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.


Upcoming talks in Manchester include “An Evening with George Gershwin” with pianist Michael Arnowitt on February 6; “The Marshall Plan Revisited” with UVM professor Mark A. Stoler on March 6; and “Religion and Identity in the Middle East” with religion scholar Rob Oden on April 3.


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


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


Manchester First Wednesdays listing


First Wednesdays Brochure


For more information, contact Mark Skinner Library at 802.362.2607 or 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.


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