Find­ing Home: Ver­mont’s His­toric and Grow­ing Di­ver­sity

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Montpelier, VT

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.

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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.

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