The Arctic – Scandinavia and USA Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
In this third talk on the Arctic, we will study the geography, history, nature, and culture of the Arctic regions of four countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the United States. We’ll start with an expedition to Norwegian Svalbard located half way between the northern coast of Europe and the North Pole. Then we’ll play tourist in the Arctic regions of Sweden and Finland, which despite being above the Arctic Circle, are surprisingly similar to Vermont. We’ll conclude by exploring one of the last true wilderness remaining on earth – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
The Road to Appomattox: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-65 Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
This talk will examine the changing face of battle during the latter half of the Civil War as trench warfare and battles of attrition began to dominate the American battlefields. Relying primarily on soldier letters and diaries from the war, Sodergren will discuss the issue of soldier morale, while demonstrating how Union soldiers adapted to the changing battlefield and went on to achieve victory over the Confederacy.