Conserving Lands, Transforming Lives: A Vermonter’s View of the Student Conservation Association Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
More than 60 years ago, with America’s national parks in danger of being “loved to death,” the Student Conservation Association (SCA) formed to help protect overwhelmed public lands and provide young people with the benefits of hands-on service and experience. Today, as climate change poses urgent, worldwide risks and a growing segment of our youth suffer from “nature-deficit disorder,” this remarkable organization with nearly 100,000 alumni is forging powerful connections between young people and the great outdoors to ensure a new generation will value and help preserve our natural world, and to show how early stewardship can spark a constellation of individual skills leading to lifelong leadership and success.
Designing Women: The Colonial Revival at Shelburne Museum Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Southern Vermont Arts Center Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
A cultural movement as well as an architectural and decorating style during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Colonial Revival was inspired by a romantic veneration of America’s past. At Shelburne Museum this manifested in the development of a 45-acre campus populated with buildings and objects ranging from hatboxes to furniture, installed in period rooms and galleries meant to inspire visitors to recall a collective colonial past. This talk will survey the relationships between three early Colonial Revival collectors – Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb and two of her important advisors, Lillian Baker Carlisle and Katherine Prentis Murphy – and investigate the ways that these three intelligent, innovative, head-strong women ultimately shaped larger trends in how we have come to collect, interpret, and understand American antiques and material culture.
A Woman Ain’t I – The Story of Sojourner Truth Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
Recreating the remarkable life of famous escaped slave Sojourner Truth, Kathryn Woods memorializes one of the most significant figures in American history. Born a slave in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, suffragist. This program joins Sojourner Truth at the end of her life. She recalls her early days as a slave, details he relationship with God, and shares poignant stories of her days walking through this land, using her own words, speeches and songs.