FALL 2013 (August – December)
Programs are held at 2 pm Tuesday afternoons at the Nolin Murray Center, Next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 38 Pleasant Street, Springfield, Vermont
DEMOCRACY AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Haviland Smith, Retired CIA Station Chief
Hear the first-hand view into the current volatile situation in the Middle East from someone who lived and worked among the people there for many
years. With this inside perspective, we will better understand the area’s background, historical events, and philosophies that make it very difficult for its people to work toward peaceful cooperation.
SPRINGFIELD ARTISTS EXAMINED
Ron Patch, Historian, Collector
Learn about several of Springfield’s lesser known artists from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Through a power point presentation, we will see slides of their paintings along with their individual biographies. Get to know: Brothers George and William Picknell, who were artists of major importance; both Picknells trained in Boston and Europe; Horace Brown, John Hogue, and Joe Henry. Joe Henry had a major physical disability which was often reflected in his art.
COLONIAL MEETINGHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND
Paul Wainwright, Photographer
New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Through photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations, discover the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.
THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL
Mike Huff, CCV Instructor, Travel Guide for International Classroom Tours
Each painting and piece of artwork in the Sistine Chapel was carefully thought out as to its placement. Hear the fascinating inside story told by
the artwork. Huff will use photos from his many travels to Rome. As he has stood with his students describing the art history and background of the chapel, they have, and we will too, come away with a whole new understanding of this magnificent special place in the Vatican.
PEDAL TO THE SEA
Gil Newbury, Author, Civil Engineer
Hear the true story of the Newbury family (with young children) on a remarkable 4 month, 4685 mile, coast-to-coast bicycle trip pedaling a custom made Quad, a tandem bicycle for two – and two more. Pedal to the Sea vividly portrays the risks, joys, struggles, triumphs, moments of humor, and accidents of fate and faith that inevitably rise to the surface of such a journey. All across America people called out, ‘Can I come too?’ as the family pedaled by. Pedal to the Sea answers ‘Yes!’ by inviting participants along for the ride of a lifetime.
MORGAN HORSE HISTORY
Stephen Davis, Director, UVM Morgan Horse Farm
The Morgan Horse had a tremendous influence on molding the New England lifestyle and countryside of the early 1800’s. Review the inception of the breed and then continue through the breed’s history to present day. Focus will surround the Morgan Family Lines: known as the Battell Lines, Government Lines and current day UVM Lines, all of which are based at the University of Vermont’s historic Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, VT. Learn that approximately 80% of the Morgan Horses in the world today relate their bloodlines directly back to this farm.
SPRINGFIELD HOSPITAL’S HUNDRED YEARS OF CARING
Larry Kraft, Director, Springfield Hospital Foundation
Springfield Hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and it has a story to tell. Conceived by a group of citizens in 1913 and opened in 1914, Springfield Hospital’s growth from a small wood-frame building on Mt. Vernon Street to the modern facility on Ridgewood Road has been dynamic. Live the history of the hospital through photographs from its archives and stories from its past.
Co-Sponsored by the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society
Michael Clough, Assistant Director, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
With so much focus today on exotic animals from around the world, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum staff is pleased to present a live animal program focused on the creatures in our own back yards. See the variety of live animals on-hand to put a face to the challenges Northeastern wildlife must rise to meet. Also participate in a hands-on exploration of our local fauna through furs, skulls, and other artifacts.
WEATHERWISE AND OTHER WHYS
Mark Breen, Planetarium Director and Senior Meteorologist, Fairbanks Museum
“Red at night, sailors’ delight” Many people have heard, if not used, this or other phrases to forecast the weather. These weather sayings are collectively known as “weatherlore.” While most of us can get a forecast at the touch of a screen, or on the radio or the TV, these time-tested proverbs continue to delight, amuse, and inform people who depend on the weather for their enjoyment or livelihood. Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, VT, and voice of Vermont Public Radio’s “Eye on the Sky,” will share these sayings, and determine which ones are more reliable. Learn how these sayings have evolved, and how most hold true to some very sound scientific principles. Enjoy the entertaining presentation, which will be followed by questions and the opportunity to share your weather sayings.
$40 for all 9 programs and admittance to the other Vermont Osher Institute Programs; Single program fee: $8
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