Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour's Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables
Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, the Vermont's dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Find out why a lot of us don't like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas.
A Vermont Humanities Council event. Hosted by the Woodstock History Center.
Under grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the Vermont Humanities Council.
Speaker: ProfessorRowand Brucken of Norwich University.
Presented by Historian and Taftsville resident Charlie Wilson
Old fashioned games, crafts, live music, photo booth with vintage attire, baby goats, prizes, silent auction, food, face painting, and lots more.
Admission: 25 cents
Thank you to the Byrne Foundation, Blood's Catering and Tent Rental, Chippers, Michael Lombardo and Charles Ward, Casella Waste Management for being sponsors of this community event.
The nineteenth century was an age of invention in the United States, and it brought about a flowering of the arts and sciences. Fascinating characters emerged in southern Vermont and New Hampshire to act on this new stage. One carved a “snow angel” that wowed his neighbors and then he went on to sculpt a famous statue of “Honest Abe.” Another studied painting with Jean-François Millet and influenced Winslow Homer. Yet another started a new religious community that practiced an early form of “free love.” Who were these people? Where did they live and how were they connected? Learn more about them at the Woodstock History Center at 7 p.m. on September 18.
Presentation by Alec Hastings, Vermont author and Vermont history enthusiast.
Discovering History through literature, music and the landscape. Join us for a hike up Cobb Hill to discover the lost neighborhood on Rum Street. Rum Street is a approximately a mile from West Woodstock, known as The Flat back then. This event is the first of series of "excursions" to explore parts of the community that are outside the village.
Members and friends are invited to the Annual Meeting of the membership which will be held on Monday, August 14, at 6:00 pm, in the Woodstock History Center’s library.
Agenda items will include the nomination of new trustees, election of officers and members of the Executive Committee. We will review the past year of accomplishments and talk about the future of the History Center.
Join us for an inspiring evening in downtown Woodstock
FRIDAY JULY 21
FRIDAY AUGUST 11
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1
6 TO 8 PM
The Woodstock Gallery, Gallery On The Green, Fox Gallery, Woodstock History Center's Canaday Gallery
SOME RETAIL STORES WILL ALSO BE OPEN
PLUS MUSIC ON CENTRAL STREET
About The Book & Author
Set in outstanding natural beauty, many Vermont communities have a unique sense of history and place, and Woodstock has long been considered among the most vibrant and beautiful of them all. Nestled within the eastern foothills of the Green Mountains and the Ottauquechee River valley, from the time of its founding in 1761, the story of Woodstock has been a tapestry rich with culture, architecture, and events. Early in the town's development, Woodstock was designated by Vermont as the seat of government for Windsor County, and in turn, this brought an influx of lawyers and other professionals together with business and real estate entrepreneurs. The joining of several early turnpikes in Woodstock meant more travelers through town. In years after 1875, when the Woodstock Railway opened, the town became an even greater hub for tourists and those in business. By the early 20th century, Woodstock with its great scenic beauty was recognized as a premier destination for year-round recreation.
Utilizing the extensive archives of the Woodstock History Center, Frank J. Barrett Jr., a second-generation architect, has compiled a far-ranging overview of this truly beautifully historic community.
Discussion and book signing for the book Woodstock, Vermont by Frank Jay Barrett. This Acadia Press book will be available at the event for purchase and signing. The exhibit The History of The Green: Woodstock's Central Park will be open for viewing.
Greg Carpenter will discuss "What Makes Vermont Special: A Look at Vermont State Symbols." Greg will share who was the originator behind the symbols, what they were thinking at the time, why they picked the symbols, and what we can learn from them.
Many believe that slavery was only an issue in the South. In fact, there were slaves in early Vermont and New Hampshire, and slavery remained a divisive issue in both states. Historian Michelle Arnosky will present a lecture that explores slavery in northern New England and the people who risked their lives to help other find freedom.
Join other local freelancers, telecommuters, and independent professionals for an office-away-from-the-office at a"Work Together Tuesday" gathering in the History Center's library. Expand your network and surround yourself with good productivity vibes! Internet, coffee and snacks provided by the History Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Bruce Coffin will share images and recollections of the people and places that made Woodstock special. Bruce' book, The Long Light of Those Days, which focuses on Woodstock during this period, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Note: The location for this program will be the Little Theater next to the Rec. Center.
Bruce Coffin was born and raised in Woodstock, Vermont and educated at The University of Vermont; Trinity College, Dublin; New York University; and Wesleyan University. He has taught English in independent schools in the U.S. and in England and is a contributor to scholarly journals. Since 1972 he has been on the faculty of Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. He is married with two grown children, and he divides his time between Middlebury and Woodstock.
Stephen Long will present a slide lecture based on his book, "Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England." In Vermont, flooding from "Thirty-Eight" was comparable to that of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, but it also tore up the landscape with winds exceeding 100 mph, the only time in recorded history that a Category 2 hurricane has reached Vermont.
Stephen Long is co-founder and former editor of Northern Woodlands magazine and author of More Than a Woodlot: Getting the Most from Your Family Forest. For more than twenty-five years he has been writing about the forests and people of New England. He lives in Corinth, Vermont, with his wife, novelist Mary Hays.