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Upcoming Programs and Events for the Summer of 2012

Civil War Display: A Vermont Reads Event – June 15 – July 1, 2012
Bull Run Civil War

Quechee Library presents a month long (hands-on) display on loan from the Vermont Historical Society. Through objects, letters, art, and music, this display helps students comprehend the impact of the Civil War on nearly every person in Vermont. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Quechee Library.

Quechee Library, Queechee 9:00 am. (802) 295-1232.

 

Vermont History Expo - June 16 and 17, 2012
Re-enactor Jim Fouts

Picture yourself walking down a path and turning to wave hello to President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace. Pause for a moment, and you hear Ethan Allen giving a speech just up the road. As you walk on, you pass by a Civil War encampment, a play area where children are walking on stilts, and you smell waves of apple crisp and maple crèmes in the air. In the field, you see a team of oxen plowing the sod. On the roadway, you watch in awe while the unicyclist pedals by. The only place this could all happen in one weekend is at the Vermont Historical Society's Vermont History Expo!

Tunbridge Fairgrounds, 1 Fairgrounds Lane, Tunbridge (802) 479-8500 www.VermontHistory.org

 

George Houghton: Vermont's Civil War Photographer – June 20, 2012
George Houghton

A hidden gem in Vermont's history is the photographic work of Civil War-era Brattleboro photographer George Houghton. He captured poignant images of Vermont soldiers in the field, camp, and at home. This talk by historian Donald Wickman will explore Houghton's life and work, and examines some of the images that brought the Civil War back to Vermont via photography. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Northeast Kingdom Civil War Roundtable.

7:00 p.m. The Eastside Restaurant, 47 Landing St., Newport (802) 754-6402.

 

Worcester, Vermont Remembers the War Between the States - July 4, 2012
The Hemlocks

The Worcester, Vermont Historical Society will present the Civil War reenactors the Hemlocks, in parade and encampment. There will also be several historical impersonators including Abraham Lincoln, and an exhibit of memorabilia from Worcester’s 82 citizens who enlisted in the Union Army.

 

Throughout the day, Worcester (802)223-5625 www.worcestervermonthistoricalsociety.com

 

Vermont and the Civil War – July 7, 2012
Howard Coffin

From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War. A Vermont Humanities Council.

3:00 p.m. Bakersfield Historical Society and Museum, Bakersfield. (802) 827-4418.

 

Lincoln, Gettysburg and Vermont – July 8, 2012

Vermont historian Howard Coffin will discuss Vermonters' attitudes toward Lincoln, their support for him, and the key role Vermont played at Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg address. This lecture is held in conjunction with the American Precision Museum's Civil War exhibits: Arming the Union, telling the little-known story of how the machine tool firm Lamson, Goodnow & Yale played a critical role in outfitting the Union Army, and Full Duty: the Civil War Collections of Howard Coffin, exploring the day-to-day life of Vermont soldiers, doctors, and nurses in camp and on the battlefield.

3:00 p.m. American Precision Museum, 196 Main St., Windsor (802) 674-5781

 

St. Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend - July 21 – 22 2012

Taylor ParkThe town of St Albans celebrates its Civil War history with a full weekend of authentic displays and presentations. Taylor Park will host a full Civil War encampment featuring units portraying soldiers from both the North and South. See infantry drills, artillery and Cavalry demonstrations. Learn about medical practices during the Civil War.  There will also be period music, museum tours, a “Haversack Talk”, the chance to meet “Abraham Lincoln”, cooking demonstrations, and period sutlers hawking their wares.  Re-enactors and Historical Society volunteers will be on hand to discuss The St. Albans Raid - the famous Confederate bank robbery that took place October 19, 1864 that will commemorate its own 150th Anniversary reenactment in 2014. Sponsored by the Champlain Valley Historical Re-enactors and the St Albans Museum and Historical Society.

At venues in and around St. Albans (802)527-7933 www.stalbansraid.com

 

Vermont History through Song – July 25, 2012
The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history, using the songs Vermonters published in their communities. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Old Stone House Museum.

12:15 p.m. Congregational Meeting House, 109 Old Stone House Rd, Brownington (802) 754-2022.

 

Symposium Honoring the Sesquicentennial of the Land Grant College Act - The Morrill Act - August 11-12, 2012

the Morrill family sits on the porch of Justin Morrill's Stafford home 2012 will mark the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act which created the nation’s Land Grant colleges and universities.  This legislation, written and passed during the height of the Civil War, effectively changed the direction of higher education and was instrumental in the country becoming a leader in the industrial revolution and in the world.  Prior to Morrill’s Land Grant legislation, university students had the option of studying only religion, law, medicine and philosophy.  The Morrill Act created universities that taught engineering, agriculture, the sciences, finance, and subjects that are now considered the norm in higher education.

The Friends of the Morrill Homestead will host a two-day Chautauqua-like symposium, on August 11 and 12, 2012 in historic Strafford, that will explore the history of Senator Morrill, what led to his conception of the Land Grant legislation, what influenced the then-Representative from Vermont, and the impact that the Morrill Act has had on society and our nation’s history.  Additionally the symposium will hold smaller workshops and breakout groups to explore Morrill’s influence in other areas such as architecture, horticulture, the beautification of Washington DC and the Library of Congress. Noted speakers with national notoriety will be presenting.
Check back for details as they become available - Strafford

At venues throughout Strafford (802)828-3051 www.morrillhomestead.org

Vermont History through Song –August 11, 2012
The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history, using the songs Vermonters published in their communities. A Vermont Humanities Council event.


2:00 p.m. Sheffield Historical Society, 1829 Freewill Baptist Church, 37 Dane Road, Sheffield (802) 626 -8862.

 

The Vermont Civil War Songbook – August 12, 2012
The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Dressed in period costume, singer/researcher Linda Radtke shares songs from Vermont during the Civil War period, with engaging commentary and letters from Vermont soldiers. Seldom-heard songs from the Vermont Historical Society include the comic but poignant "Grafted into the Army," "Yankee Robinson at Bull Run," "Neath the Pines of Vermont" (in which a soldier returns home to die), a satirical song about Jefferson Davis, and sentimental ballads from Vermont during the period. Linda Radtke is joined by pianist Arthur Zorn in this program for all audiences that brings the Civil War period in Vermont to life through music and letters. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Waitsfield Historical Society.

2:00 p.m. Wait House Carriage Barn, Waitsfield (802) 496-5758.

 

Vermont History through Song – August 14, 2012
The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history, using the songs Vermonters published in their communities. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

2:00 p.m. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth (802) 672-3773.

 

George Houghton: Vermont's Civil War Photographer – August 19, 2012
George Houghton

A hidden gem in Vermont's history is the photographic work of Civil War-era Brattleboro photographer George Houghton. He captured poignant images of Vermont soldiers in the field, camp, and at home. This talk by historian Donald Wickman will explore Houghton's life and work, and examine some of the images that brought the Civil War back to Vermont via photography. A Vermont Humanities Council event.

2:00 p.m. Strafford Historical Society, Strafford (802) 785-2643

 
 

 

 
 
 
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