Finding Home: Vermont’s Historic and Growing Diversity
What does it mean to be a Vermonter? Finding Home: Vermont’s Historic and Growing Diversity will be the topic for discussion at the Vermont Historical Society’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau program, this illustrated lecture given by Vermont Folklife Center Co-Director Gregory Sharrow, explores the vital cultures of Vermont’s immigrant communities, both historic and new, and highlights foodways, religious culture, and traditional arts in our state’s evolving cultural landscape. This event is free of charge on January 18, 2016 at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street in Montpelier. The museum will be open free to the public from 12:00 to 4:00 pm with activities for sharing through writing or drawing—for young and old—about what it means to be a Vermonter. Greg Sharrow speaks about Finding Home at 1:30 pm, followed by a lively community conversation.
“Vermont is often described as culturally homogenous, yet nearly a third of Vermonters have French Canadian ancestry, and there is a long history of immigration to the state’s urban centers,” states Amanda Gustin, public program coordinator at the Vermont Historical Society. She added, “In light of recent headlines about refugees in Vermont, this discussion will focus on what it means to be a Vermonter—a central theme for the Vermont History Museum’s core exhibit.”
Gregory Sharrow is a former Vermont classroom teacher as well as Vermont Folklife Center Co-Director.
For twenty years he has conducted research projects on the culture of dairy farming, historic immigrant communities, traditional artists and their work, and Abenaki life in the present.
This program is free to the public thanks to our sponsor the Vermont Humanities Council and cosponsor Rubin, Kidney, Myer, and Vincent Attorneys at Law. Call Amanda Gustin at (802) 828-2180 for more information or check online: vermonthistory.org/calendar.
The Vermont Humanities Council hosts Gregory Sharrow who will lead community conversation at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier about what it means to be a Vermonter.