Discovering Lowell Thomas Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
This talk will be a narrative account of the years spent uncovering who Lowell Thomas was. The tale begins in 1980 and carries forward forty years to the present. The presentation will reveal the motivators, the moments that kept the quest going and the actual making of the documentary, "Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News", which premiered nationally on PBS in the fall of 2019. Supported by photos and video clips, this is a story that covers the 20th century, first following the life of Thomas and then the years it took to present it.
The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed - And Were Changed – by the American Civil War Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
The singular actions of Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, Sarah Josepha Hale, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Tubman led to their prominence during the American Civil War and launched them into successful public roles following the conflict. This talk, based on Robert Plumb's book, will cover highlights of the women’s contributions, their legacies, and their defining qualities such as courage, self-assurance, and persistence that led to their successes.
Common Misconceptions About Cuba Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
Cuba tends to be characterized in media and film as a Caribbean paradise favored by organized crime in America, which established a foothold there in the 1940’s and, in more recent times, by young visitors who stage decadent bachelor parties and smoke fabled Cuban cigars. In reality, Cuba has a long and rich history that began with the first voyage of exploration by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
The Railroads of Manchester Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
Local historian G. Murray Campbell wrote in 1961: “There was a time when echoes of the whistles of three separate railroads could be heard in the daily life of Manchester.” First was the Western Vermont Railroad, later known as the Bennington & Rutland. The other two have long since become silent. The Manchester, Dorset & Granville (MD&G) ran five miles of railroad from Manchester Depot to the South Dorset quarries. The Rich Lumber Company, which felled large spruce stands up Lye Brook and around Bourne Pond and Bourne Brook from 1914 – 1919, operated a bustling logging railroad with 16 miles of standard gauge track. Material in the Manchester Historical Society archives has turned up a fourth rail operation. Although not a common carrier railroad, a Manchester lumber mill strung some wire and ran a small electric rail line on their property. Join railroad history expert Bill Badger and curator Shawn Harrington for a look at these important chapters of Manchester history.
The Norcross-West Marble Company Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
The Norcross-West Marble Company was formed by Orlando W. Norcross of Worcester, MA and Spafford H. West of Dorset, VT to provide the 500,000 cubic feet of pure white marble needed for the New York Public Library being built on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. Operations began in 1901, with hundreds of thousands of dollars spent building the required infrastructure, with a state-of-the-art finishing mill at Manchester Depot and a railroad connecting to the quarrying operations in South Dorset. By 1934, the mill was gone and the rails torn up; today the swimming quarry along Route 30 remains the only visible reminder of this monumental undertaking. Join Bill Badger and MHS curator Shawn Harrington for a look at the legacy of this era, both in the Northshire and around the nation.