Freedom and Unity: the Vermont Movie

First of 6 monthly screenings and discussions at the Varnum Library, 194 Main Street in Jeffersonville
Saturday September 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Part One: A Very New Idea: The Abenaki inhabited Vermont for thousands of years before Samuel de Champlain’s arrival in 1609. It was another 150 years before the English started carving out Homesteads. This blending of cultures can still be felt in Vermont today.
Part One explores the roots from which the future state of Vermont grew. Samuel de Champlain steps into a canoe–a giant leap toward Yankee immersion into native culture. The film unveils early settlement, native peoples’ resistance, and little-known history of African-American settlers. Pioneer rebel Ethan Allen leads the struggle for independence, resulting in Vermont’s radical constitution–the first to outlaw slavery. Vermont’s heroic role in the Civil War reminds us that Freedom & Unity—Vermont’s state motto—continues to chart the state’s course.
Lively discussion will follow led by Linda Bland. This event is Free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities.
A Vermont Humanities Council program* hosted by the Varnum Memorial Library and the Crescendo Club Library Association *Under grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the Vermont Humanities Council.

Book Donations

While we certainly appreciate it, PLEASE, no more book donations until after July 5th!  We’re swimming in books, which means a fabulous 4th of July Book Sale, but we’re running out of places to stash donated books.


2014 Vermont Parks & Sites Passes

They’re here!  Just in time for Memorial Day weekend…

Pass is good for up to 8 people in one vehicle for the State Parks, and up to 8 people in the group for Historic Sites.  Calling us first to see if we have them is a good idea, since we cannot place holds on passes.

Summer MUST be just around the corner…  We also have ECHO, Shelburne Farms, and Shelburne Museum passes, so plan a great day with the family!