FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2013
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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

UNH Professor Discusses Early Photos of Native Peoples at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum


St. Johnsbury ~ UNH Vice Provost and professor Lisa MacFarlane will show and discuss early photos of Native peoples taken by four white women photographers in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on March 6. Her talk, "Early Photographs of Native North Americans," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Richly illustrated with nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photos of Native peoples, MacFarlane's talk will explore the stories behind the iconic and often stereotypical images, providing a glimpse into the history of clashing cultures.

MacFarlane is a professor of English and senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include American studies, mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century culture, and photography. She teaches a wide range of classes on American literature, history, and culture: on children's literature, modernism, world's fairs, the history of photography, and on American culture internationally.

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 "Free Speech Isn't What It Used to Be: Sexting and Cyberbullying Meet the Constitution" with UNH law professor Sarah Redfield on April 3 (held at St. Johnsbury Academy); and "The Patchwork Quilt of American Evangelicalism" with Dartmouth professor Randall Balmer on May 1.

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.

"Early Photographs of Native North Americans" is sponsored by Copeland Furniture Company Store.

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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