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Upcoming Programs and Events for the Spring of 2012

Vermont and the Civil War - April 12, 2012
Howard Coffin

Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin discusses the Civil War and how it affected Vermont and Vermonters.

10 a.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington Street, Barre (802)476-5965


Vermont Enters the Civil War: 2012 Ellsworth Lecture – April 17, 2012
Bill McKone portrays Governor Fairbanks

The Ellsworth Lecture presents a Civil War living history program with performers in authentic costume. Local author and this year's lecturer, Bill McKone, plays the role of Governor Erastus Fairbanks. The presentation will include a Civil War encampment, if weather permits, or an indoor exhibit of various aspects of life during the Civil War era.
The yearly Ellsworth Lecture is made possible by funding from the Ellsworth Trust.

Encampment 1-5 p.m. and lecture 7 p.m. Johnson State College, 337 College Hill, Johnson (802)635-1251 www.jsc.edu/events


The Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of Nationalist Conflict – April 21, 2012
The Revolution of 1861

Andre Flech returns to SVM to offer a talk on his newly released book. Please join us while he speaks on the international aspect of the Civil War and how this was an impacting force on immigration and nationalism. Book sale/signing following presentation.

2 p.m.  Slate Valley Museum, near Poultney, Vt in Granville, NY (802)345-5378  www.slatevalleymuseum.org


From the Northeast Kingdom to Baton Rouge: Vermonters, the Civil War, and the Road to Emancipation – April 24, 2012
Vermont couple
Part of the First Wednesdays lecture series. Retired National park superintendent and writer Rolf Diamant discusses how profoundly the Civil War transformed Vermont and why public memory of the war still matters. A Vermont Humanities Council program.

7:00 p.m. Goodrich memorial Library, 202 Main Street, Newport. For more information call Carol Nicholson (802)334-7902.


Why Lincoln Matters: To Presidents, to History, and to Us -- May 2, 2012

Permission: Libary of CommercePart of the First Wednesdays lecture series. Presented with the Dartmouth History Department. Lincoln’s memory has been used, boldly updated, and occasionally abused. Preeminent Lincoln historian Harold Holzer considers how we see, appreciate, adopt, and interpret Lincoln—and why he still very much matters. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Norwich Public Library.

Hanover, Dartmouth College, Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

Image Credit: Library of Congress


U.S. Grant: After Appomattox - May 5, 2012
Steve Trimm

Steve Trimm will provide an historic interpretation of General Grant in the years following 1865.  As General Grant, he will provide a nostalgic look back on his memorable military career and his fellow Civil War comrades.  On May 5, 1864 Grant began the Overland Campaign, commencing with the Battle of the Wilderness.

2 p.m.  Slate Valley Museum, near Poultney, Vt in Granville, NY (802)345-5378  www.slatevalleymuseum.org


Of Interest at Shelburne Museum - May 13-October 28, 2012

detail of quilt believed to have been made by a recuperating Civil War soldier

Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present

This exhibit features quilts made by leading contemporary male quilters alongside early works, including a quilt (detail pictured left) made by a Civil War soldier recuperating from injury.

Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Terry Tyler CollectioLamson Goodnow & Yale Model 1861 riflen of Vermont Firearms

Lock, Stock and Barrel is a rare collection of 107 Vermont firearms made from 1790 through 1900. It includes a Lamson Goodnow & Yale Model 1861 rifled muskets with bayonets - the last military muzzle-loading rifle procured by the U.S.

Shelburne Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday from May 13 through October 28. On Thursdays from June 21 through August 9, the museum is open until 7:30 p.m. www.shelburnemuseum.org


Vermont Civil War Tour with Howard Coffin - May 19, 2012

Howard CoffinRe-discover your own community and its importance to the Union effort during the Civil War on this enlightening and entertaining drive with historian and author Howard Coffin. Luxury bus transportation. Call or contact the Slate Valley Museum soon!

10 a.m. leaving from the Slate Valley Museum, near Poultney, Vt in Granville, NY (802)345-5378  www.slatevalleymuseum.org


Vermont Civil War Weekend and Encampment - May 19th and 20th, 2012

A Civil War Encampment with Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery & more. The Civil War Weekend will include two days of battles; Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery demonstrations, and soldier and 19th-century Civilian camp life.  Learn about Vermont’s role in the Civil War, see Union and Confederate troops squaring off against each other using 1860’s tactics, and talk with re-enactors about the life of a typical soldier. Experience the past through living history.

Camp opens to the public at 9:00 am Saturday & Sunday, with battles taking place at 2:00 pm on Saturday and at 1:00 pm Sunday.

Sponsored by the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors, Inc., and including the 2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry - Co. A, 2nd Mississippi (Magnolia Rifles), 1st Vermont Cavalry - Co. K, The Civil War Medical Coalition, and the associated Green Mountain Citizens.

9:00am to 5:00pm each day at the crossroads of Harbor and Bay Roads, Shelburne  www.cvhri.com


Rebecca Cameron: Civil War Widow - May 20, 2012
Rebecca CameronExplore the other side of the Civil War with Maxine Getty. Through Rebecca Cameron, participants will learn about the complex customs surrounding mourning during the Civil War and how the families left behind dealt with the loss of so many loved ones. See examples of mourning items and hear the story of one woman’s experiences after the death of her husband.

2 p.m. Slate Valley Museum, near Poultney, Vt in Granville, NY (802)345-5378  www.slatevalleymuseum.org


American Precision Museum Opens New Civil War Exhibits - May 26, 2012
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the American Precision Museum opens two new exhibits Saturday, May 26th.

Full Duty: The Civil War Collection of Howard Coffin presents the first-ever exhibit of the private collection of one of Vermont’s best known Civil War historians.

Arming the Union tells the story of the critical role the Windsor armory played in outfitting the Union Army. New research shows that the majority of the 1.5 million rifles made for the war were made using machinery designed and produced at the Robbins & Lawrence Armory. Read more about these exhibits here.

American Precision Museum, 196 Main Street, Windsor, VT 05089 (802)674-5781 www.americanprecision.org


Dedication of Historical Marker - May 26, 2012
The new historical marker in Battery Park, Burlington, commemorating the departure of the 2nd Vermont Regiment in June of 1861will be dedicated at 3PM on May 26. This regiment, composed of the first of the three-year soldiers from Vermont, fought the longest of the state’s units. Members of the Chaplain Valley Historical Reenactors and the 18th Vermont Regiment, a living history organization, will be present to dedicate the marker. Linda Radtke will present her Civil War Songbook, a Vermont Humanities Council event, at 1 PM as a prelude to the solemn dedication ceremony. Free and open to the public.

3 p.m. Battery Park, Burlington. For more information, contact Bill McKone at (802) 644-2433 or pres18vt@stoweaccess.com


Antietam National Battlefield VERMONT DAY - May 27, 2012
detail of painting by Vermonter James HopeAntietam National Battlefield will recognize the Green Mountain State with a presentation by Vermont Historical Society Executive Director Mark Hudson about James Hope, a Vermont artist who documented the battle of Antietam with detailed sketches and created five large paintings of scenes from the battle which currently are the centerpiece of the exhibits at the battlefield's visitor center. Hudson will explore Hope's life in Vermont, his military service and career as an artist after the war. He also will discuss other Vermont artists who documented Civil War events through their paintings. Illustration:  James Hope's panoramic painting of the fighting in the vicinity of the Dunker Church is currently on display in the Visitor Center at Antietam National Battlefield.

2:00 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium, Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland   www.nps.gov/anti  

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