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.
Larry Coffin will present this program. Come learn what caused the unusual weather of 1816 and how it impacted Vermonters.
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.
Slide lecture with author Gary Shattuck on the opium epidemic in Vermont in the 19th century. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this program.
Come listen to the traditional music of the South Royalton Band while you enjoy ice cream. Please bring chairs or blankets. Admission by donation.
This event will be postponed in the event of rain.
Tour Cushing Cemetery with living history portrayals by costumed interpreters. Admission by donation.
Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age.
Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips ranging chronologically from 1919’s Way Down East to 2005’s Thank You for Smoking.
Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, and co-hosted by Pentangle Arts and the Woodstock History Center.
Location: Town Hall Theater.
The History Center is planning to hold its first annual "Excursion". This interdisciplinary event will cover the Cobb Hill Area (Vondell Resevoir) that lies between West Woodstock and Prosper.
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
Historian Charlie Wilson
Presented by Historian and Taftsville resident Charlie Wilson
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.
with Historian Ken Turino.
Special Wassail-themed exhibits, silent auction, hot cider and food for sale.
Join us at the History Center for Wassail-themed exhibits, hot cider and seasonal treats, Celtic harp music, and silent auction