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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture


UVM Professor Discusses History of the Interstates in Vermont at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum




St. Johnsbury ~ UVM professor Paul Bierman will look at the changes brought by the Interstate Highway System to Vermont in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on January 2. His talk, “Remaking the Landscape, 1958-1978: Interstate Highways Come to Vermont,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.


Bierman will show photographs, taken over two decades, detailing the arrival of the interstate to the most rural state in the Union.


Bierman is a Professor of Geology and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.  He received his BA in Geology from Williams College and his graduate degrees from the University of Washington. He directs the Landscape Change Program, a decade-old, web-based archive of Vermont landscape history, which now holds over 40,000 images for public viewing.

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. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in St. Johnsbury include “America’s Foreign Policy Agenda” with diplomat and Vermont State Senator Peter Galbraith on February 6; “Early Photographs of Native North Americans” with UNH professor Lisa MacFarlane on March 6; and “Free Speech Isn't What It Used to Be: Sexting and Cyberbullying Meet the Constitution” with UNH law professor Sarah Redfield on April 3.


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


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


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); 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. 


St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays listing


First Wednesdays Brochure


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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