Vermont Humanities Events
May 28 — Book Discussion: Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family by Jane Brox. Part of the Farms and Gardens series. Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Led by Patricia S Norton. Hosted by the Pope Memorial Library. Danville, Pope Memorial Library, 7:00 pm. Deidre Palmer, (802) 684-2256.
June 7 — The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer. Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies, and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Hosted by the Groton Historical Society. Groton United Methodist Church, Scott Highway, 7:00 pm. Joan Haskell, (802) 584-3477.
June 26 — Early Photographs of Native North Americans. Richly illustrated with nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photos of Native peoples, this talk by UNH Vice Provost and professor Lisa MacFarlane explores the stories behind the iconic and often stereotypical images, providing a glimpse into the history of clashing cultures.A First Wednesdays lecture (Rescheduled from March 6). Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Mary Ellen Reis, (802) 748-8291.
October 19 — The Neolithic World of Stone. Who built Stonehenge and why? When and how was it built? This slide lecture by Bob Manning addresses these and other questions related to the Neolithic monuments of Ireland, Brittany, and the United Kingdom. Stone circles, dolmens, and chambered tombs from Stonehenge, Avebury, Cornwall, Newgrange, Callanish, Carnac, and the Orkney Islands will be featured. Hosted by the Catamount Arts. St Johnsbury, Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave, 3:00 pm. Jerry Aldredge, (802) 748-5616.