The old Nathaniel and Silence Niles house, long gone, on Tucker Mountain
Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 pm The History of Tucker Mountain, Discussion and Slide presentation by Tom Kidder
The history of Tucker Mountain starts when continents collide and an ancient seabed rises to high peaks. Glaciers carve, forests grow, and humans arrive. Who settled Tucker? What are the stories behind the cellar holes and an abandoned house? A history of Tucker Mountain, Newbury’s new town forest, includes tales of runaway sleighs, wandering sheep, death by fire and arson. Recent and historic photos and maps. 40 minutes.
On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 PM., Chris Grataski will present “What Vermont’s Earliest Working Landscapes Might Teach Us: Imagining Resilient Agriculture in the Age of Climate Chaos”. How a closer look at the agricultural and land-use practices of pre-contact indigenous people in New England, as well as the diversified farms of pre-20th century Vermonters, offers a window into what kinds of shifts are necessary to enhance biodiversity, develop stable food systems, and cultivate vibrant working landscapes even as we will likely begin to increasingly feel the social and ecological impacts of climate change.
Chris is a farmer and ecological design professional working at the nexus of regenerative food systems and wilderness management. His work in design is focused on holistic land-planning and agro-ecology, with special attention to bioregional food systems, wildlife ecology, and cultural renewal. As an educator he has taught across North America on the intersection of social and ecological concerns, urging a re-engagement with traditional skills and ecological design as integral components of a renewed social imagination. In 2017 he started The Stone River Homestead and Research Farm, which is currently focused on raising pastured meats and eggs, and in the coming years will develop a focus on agroforestry, herbal medicine and regionally adapted seed.
September 26 @ 6:30 pm
Katherine Paterson’s historical fiction novel tell’s the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and runaway boy.
Discussion topics may include the American immigrant experience, labor history, and local Vermont history connected to this historic event.
Stop by the library for a copy and join this discussion!