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St. Johnsbury - Spring 2019

St. Johnsbury, VermontThursdays at 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT

Inaugural Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:30

Vermont’s Musical Ladies: A Sheet Music Sampler
Linda Radtke, Singer & Researcher

Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts.

Oceana Judah, Diane Martin, Edwina Flint, and Helen Hartness Flanders represent the richness and invention of the female composers included in the sheet music collection of the Vermont Historical Society.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

The White-tailed Deer-Forest Denizen
Kurt Valenta, Naturalist, Educator

As part of the Exordium Nature Series, we take a closer look at the white-tailed deer. The presentation will travel with the deer from spring and birth to the hardships of a cruel winter, allowing participants to appreciate the many challenges deer must face.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Genealogy and Genetics
Bob Amos

A summary of modern genealogical research will be given, demonstrating how the recent availability of DNA tests has changed and added to the field of genealogy. Various types of DNA tests will be described, and two case studies will be presented to show how these different types of genetic tests can be useful when combined with conventional genealogical research.


Thursday, April 4, 2019 1:00-2:30 at Brantview *(Note location and time change for this lecture)

Brantview – The Grand Gift
Tammy Sullivan Cady, Assistant Head for Advancement; Carol Lyon, Assistant Head for Business Services; Kurt Zschau, Director of Facilities

An overview and tour of the historical Brantview renovation project, from start to finish, will be presented by members of the Academy staff.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Where the Doughboys Are Not Forgotten: World War I American Monuments and Cemeteries in France
Dave Curtin, Retired Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency

In France, the role of the United States in the First World War is widely commemorated in monuments. This presentation focuses on these memorials to the Doughboys in the “Great War”. It will also cover a few monuments to Americans who served in France before the US joined the war – including volunteers in the French forces and the Canadian army.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

The “Jitney” Years at the Mount Washington Railway
Tim Lewis (Jitney, Jr.),Electronic Journalism Professor, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon

As the Mount Washington Cog Railway celebrates its 150th anniversary, “Cog Kid” and journalism professor, Tim Lewis recalls its pre-centennial operation and the characters (including his father, Norm “Jitney” Lewis, also known to many of us as Danny Gore) who ran the world’s first mountain climbing railroad during the “Jitney” Years of 1950-1967. The illustrated talk will have an emphasis on Cog employees from the St. Johnsbury area. Lewis is seeking help compiling the first comprehensive roster of those who worked at the mountain and their stories as part of his year-long sabbatical from NVU-L.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Vermont’s 183 Libraries
Jessamyn West, Library Technologist

Vermont has more public libraries per capita than any other state in the United States. Jessamyn West is a librarian who is planning to visit them all. She’ll have photos and stories as well as some facts and figures about our literate state.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Catamount Pipe Band: A 20-Year Journey
Iain MacHarg, Director,Vermont Institute of Celttic Arts; Pipe Major, Catamount Pipe Band Molly Stone, Project Manager, Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts; Manager, Catamount Pipe Band

The Catamount Pipe Band was founded in 1999 and is Vermont’s premier Scottish bagpipe band. This intergenerational organization is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Celtic music, tradition, and culture. Ian and Molly will provide us with an overview of the pipe band’s 20-year history, incorporating pictures, video, and live music.


Membership Information

Become a member today!

Membership dues entitle subscribers to attend all sessions and bring a guest to one of them.
Non-members may attend any single session for $6. Membership Dues are $30.00, mailed with the form or paid at the first session.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or this form and send with fees to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

For more information contact: Sue Montague, 802-748-4262, or Catamount Arts, 802-748-2600 after 1pm

Membership in your local OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles you to attend programs at any of the other 7 OLLI sites throughout Vermont, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI programs on the UVM campus. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.

Thanks to these generous sponsors:

Catamount Film & Arts
Northeastern VT Regional Hospital
St. Johnsbury Academy
Union Bank
Fairbanks Scales
The White Market