March 7, 2011
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Vermont Humanities Council

Sharing Our Past . . . Shaping Our Future  
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Vermont Reads
First Wednesdays
You Come Too
Civil War Book of Days
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Enjoy Vermont Humanities Council programs statewide.   
Lost Nation Theater to perform To Kill a Mockingbird as part of Vermont Reads! The poetry of Emily Dickinson. A talk on why history matters.
Vermont Reads Events

March 16: Book discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird.

Bennington, Southern Vermont College Library, 7:00 p.m. Andrea Robare, 802.447.6311.


Mockingbird Reenactment
A scene from the play To Kill A Mockingbird, performed in Monroeville, Alabama, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the book. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith. Courtesy Library of Congress.

March 25 and April 8: Book discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird. Bennington, Southern Vermont College Library, 7:00 p.m. North Bennington, John G. McCullough Free Library, 11:30 a.m. Susanne Warren, 802.447.7121.


April 14: Book and film discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird. Quechee Public Library, 4:30 p.m. This discussion uses clips from the film and from the Eyes on the Prize documentary. Marieke Sperry, 802.295.6341.


April 21: To Kill a Mockingbird and the Myth of Southern White Chivalry. Bennington College, 7:00 p.m. Discussion by Manchester-based lawyer Stephen Saltonstall. Andrea Robare, 802.447.6311.  


Lost Nation LogoApril 28-May 15: Lost Nation Theater production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Montpelier, Lost Nation Theater. In partnership with Vermont Reads, Lost Nation Theater will stage a production based on Harper Lee's classic novel, which uses rich humor and unswerving honesty to explore attitudes toward race, violence, and class in the 1930s Deep South. Ticket prices vary with dates and showtimes. For information, Lost Nation Theater, 802.229.0492.

April 28:
Book discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird.Waterbury, Crossett Brook Middle School, 7:00 p.m. This roundtable discussion uses historical facts and maps. Southern-style refreshments will be served. Copies of the book available for loan from Waterbury Public Library. Elise Werth, 802.244.7036.

Learn more about Vermont Reads and how your community can participate and receive FREE BOOKS!
Rescheduled First Wednesdays Manchester Talk this Wednesday


MANCHESTER -- March 9: What We Learn When We Learn about History. (Note: Rescheduled from February) Location: First Congregational Church. Host: Mark Skinner Library. Learn more...

Learn more about First Wednesdays.
You Come Too Poetry Discussions 

Discuss the poetry of these poets with
VHC Executive Director Peter Gilbert at the VHC office at 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 pm.

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson, circa 1848
March 9: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
  • This is My Letter to the World
  • Success is Counted Sweetest
  • The Heart Asks Pleasure First
  • Much Madness is Divinest Sense
  • The Soul Selects Her Own Society
  • The right to perish might be thought
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out

April 12: Billy Collins (Presented with Kellogg-Hubbard Library as part of Poetry Alive!)  

  • Fishing on the Susquehanna in July
  • Morning
  • Her
  • Canada
  • Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems...
  • Nostalgia
  • The Death of Allegory
  • Creatures
May 11: Seamus Heaney
  • Mid-Term Break
  • Digging
  • Others to be determined

Read the poems in advance or read them upon arriving. Refreshments are served. RSVPs are encouraged, at 802.262.2626, ext. 307, or e-mail. Spur of the moment participants are welcome.


Read about You Come Too in the Montpelier Bridge with an article by Carrie Abels.  

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The Civil War Book of Days is a weekly newsletter marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Published by the Vermont Humanities Council, it commemorates what happened that week 150 years ago.

VHC invites people to submit texts linked to specific dates -- an excerpt from a poignant or inspiring letter, an excerpt from a secondary source, or 100-500 words of original descriptive prose.

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Lincoln Inauguration, 1861
Lincoln Inauguration, March 4,1861
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