Talks and Living History Programs for Your Town
Did you hear Douglass Brooks talk about Japanese boat building on VPR? You can invite Douglass to your town to talk about his craft through the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
The Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau brings humanities lectures and presentations to communities across the state. Every year our speakers make more than 150 appearances at local libraries, historical societies, senior centers, and other places in the community.
The Speakers Bureau offers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host quality lectures and living history presentations in Vermont communities.
The bureau offers more than ninety programs. We offer two types of programs: History Alive! presentations and lectures. All programs afford opportunity for discussion.
Lectures present scholarship on diverse humanities topics. History Alive! programs bring historical characters to life through well-researched and well-acted portrayals.
Whether you want to learn about contemporary public issues, meet Eleanor Roosevelt, hear about the evolution of digital storytelling, or explore history from the Vikings to Vermont, the Speakers Bureau lets you bring an informative and thought-provoking program to your community.
VHC welcomes applications from any nonprofit organization in Vermont. Nonprofit groups may book two programs per year. Proof of nonprofit status is not required. Businesses and other for-profit organizations may apply, but their programs will not be subsidized by VHC.
The VHC underwrites Speakers Bureau programs at the rate of $350 for History Alive! presentations and $250 for lectures. Booking fee: The booking fee is $75 for each booking; organizations may host no more than two programs per calendar year. The speaker may request or require an additional contribution from the host, such as mileage reimbursement or other expenses.
The catalogue includes all the information and materials needed to apply for VHC Speakers Bureau programs. Programs must be free and open to the public (except those held in correctional facilities) and accessible to those with disabilities (as described in Frequently Asked Questions).
VHC cannot support guest lecturers in academic classes through this program. Although children and students enjoy most Speakers Bureau programs, the presentations are designed for adult audiences. The host organization must comply with federal and state laws against discrimination on grounds of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.
Photos (click on photo to view larger): Ted Zalewski as Teddy Roosevelt, Georgia O'Keeffe, detail of the Saxtons River theater curtain by Carolyn L. Bates, carolynbates.com, Barre Granite Workers, courtesy Barre Granite Museum.