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Through Spring 2015 — Cycles of Change: Farming in Norwich. Grant Event. An exhibit documenting agricultural heritage through the stories of eight working farms. On display through spring 2015. Visit norwichhistory.org for more information. Hosted by the Norwich Historical Society and supported by a VHC grant. Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main St. Norwich Historical Society, (802) 649-0124 or info@norwichhistory.org.

November 3 — Cranky Yankees: All Together, Now! Jim Cooke is known for "Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words"— a one-man show that has changed popular perceptions and challenged scholarly misperceptions of Vermont's only elected president. Jim has created other one-man performances based mainly on New England characters. "Cranky Yankees" is a chance to see Calvin Coolidge, Daniel Webster, and John Quincy Adams joined by Ethan Allen, James Whitcomb Riley, Samuel Sewall, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Joseph P. Kennedy, to name but a few. While not exactly a "How to," this lecture/performance features Jim's cranky process of giving actuality to the past. Hosted by the Bethel Historical Society. Bethel, Whitcomb High School Cafeteria, 273 Pleasant St, 6:00 pm. Nick Nikolaidis, (802) 234-5064.

November 5 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Four: "Doers and Shapers." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores progressivism in education and state law from Act 250 to civil unions. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Hartland Public Library. Hartland Public Library, 153 US Route 5, 6:30 pm. Theresa Gregory, (802) 436-2473.

November 5 — Why Radio? Longtime NPR broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg celebrates the power of radio in a high-tech world, sharing stories from the early days of NPR and more recent radio days, and reflecting on why radio has endured.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

November 11 — Book Discussion: Minaret by Leila Aboulela. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Mary McKenna, (802) 296 -2191.

November 13 — How to Read the Landscape. Grant Event. This session will illustrate for participants the cultural landscape features, architectural styles, and signs of both natural and cultural agricultural activity that can be found in Norwich. We will use the VT Division for Historic Preservation’s barn census as part of this presentation. Participants will receive a checklist of features to find on their own land, in essence taking an agricultural census of their property. Led by Alan Berolzheimer and Nancy Osgood. Cost: $10 for all three workshops or $5 per workshop. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Hosted by the Norwich Historical Society. Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main St, 7:00 pm. Norwich Historical Society, (802) 649-0124 or info@norwichhistory.org.

November 19 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Five: "Ceres' Children." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores participatory democracy and ethics in conservation and farming. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Hartland Public Library. Hartland Public Library, 153 US Route 5, 6:30 pm. Theresa Gregory, (802) 436-2473.

December 3 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Six: "People's Power." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores contemporary tensions over energy, independence, climate, and the state's future. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Hartland Public Library. Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5, 6:30 pm. Theresa Gregory, (802) 436-2473.

December 3 — What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life. How do we develop not only mindfulness, but a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life, a model that differs dramatically from traditional Western perspectives.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

January 7 — Georgia O'Keeffe: A Critical Look. Georgia O'Keeffe lived 99 years and produced more than 2,000 works in her 75- year career. James Maroney, the former head of American Paintings at both Sotheby's and Christie's in New York who appraised her estate after her death, presents a critical evaluation of her best work.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

January 7 — Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do? Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors—the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Mary Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made in the face of those choices. Why did some people ignore the situation, while others felt compelled to resist? What can we learn from them as we face the humanitarian crises of our own time? Hosted by the Thompson Center. Woodstock, Thompson Center, 99 Senior Lane, 1:00 pm. Pam Butler, (802) 457-3277

January 17 — Song of the Vikings. Like Greek mythology, Norse myths are still with us, inspiring storytellers from Tolkien to Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, and A.S. Byatt. Surprisingly, most of what we know about Valhalla and the Valkyries, Odin and the Well of Wisdom, the Mighty Thor, and Ragnarok or the Twilight of the Gods was written by a 13th-century Icelandic chieftain, Snorri Sturluson. Award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings the fascinating story of Sturluson’s life into focus, drawing on newly available sources and illuminating the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Hosted by the Springfield Town Library. Springfield, Town Library, Flinn Reading Room, 43 Main St, 2:00 pm. Library, (802) 885-3108.

February 4 — Victoria’s Secrets. Middlebury College professor Antonia Losano explains how the Victorian era, the age of staid decorum, also had its guilty pleasures: mysteries, ghost stories, science fiction, imperialist adventure tales, and radical fantasies of gender confusion.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

March 4 — What If Poor Women Ran the World? Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant antipoverty program run by poor mothers.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

April 1 — Vermont War Memorials, Statuary, and Cemeteries: from the Revolution to 9/11. In this illustrated talk, Vermont authors Bill Mares and Bill Lipke share Vermont’s commemorative history, from Ethan Allen to the War on Terror Memorial at Camp Johnson in Colchester.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

May 6 — All About Eve. Dartmouth professor of religion Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184..

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