Smuggling on the Ver­mont/Que­bec Bor­der Then and Now

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - New­port, VT

Smuggling along the Ver­mont/Que­bec bor­der has been part of life in the bor­der re­gion for gen­er­a­tions. For ex­am­ple, dur­ing the War of 1812 some bor­der res­i­dents smug­gled goods north to trade with the en­emy, the Bri­tish, who were sta­tioned in Que­bec. Then dur­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion, the years be­tween 1920 and 1933 in which the United States band the man­u­fac­ture, trans­porta­tion and sale of al­co­hol, al­co­hol was smug­gled south across the bor­der to al­co­hol thirsty Amer­i­cans. To­day bor­der of­fi­cials keep an eye out for ev­ery­thing from drugs to weapons of ter­ror be­ing smug­gled into Ver­mont.

Come to the Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary in New­port on Wed­nes­day, May 18 and learn about smuggling on the bor­der – then and now. The em­pha­sis of the pre­sen­ta­tion will fo­cus on the Or­leans County sec­tion of the bor­der. This pre­sen­ta­tion, which is hosted by Ver­mont’s North­land Jour­nal and the Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary, will in­clude two speak­ers. Scott Wheeler, the pub­lisher of the North­land Jour­nal, and the au­thor of the book Rum­run­ners and Rev­enuers: Pro­hi­bi­tion in Ver­mont, will talk about a bit of the his­tory of smuggling on the bor­der. Fer­nando Bel­tran, the Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol Sta­tion in New­port, will talk about smuggling along the bor­der to­day.

The pre­sen­ta­tion will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the pub­lic. Lo­cated on Main Street, the li­brary is hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble. This pre­sen­ta­tion is a time to learn about the his­tory and chang­ing face of smuggling on the bor­der, not to de­bate cur­rent bor­der reg­u­la­tions or en­force­ment strate­gies.

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Scott Wheeler (right), the pub­lisher of VT’s

North­land Jour­nal, and Fer­nando Bel­tran (left), the Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol sta­tion in New­port, will talk about the his­tory of smuggling on the Ver­mont/Que­bec bor­der.

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