2020 Public Programs

2020 Public Programs

For past programs, please visit our archives. You can also watch all our videos on our YouTube channel.


Reading Frederick Douglass with Tyler Alexander

Saturday, July 4 at 12:00 PM

Frederick Douglass.

The great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass delivered a speech in 1852 in Rochester, NY called The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro.  Douglass told his primarily white audience, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” 

Nevertheless, the speech is a powerful reminder of America’s troubled past with race and slavery, and it raises fundamental questions that are just as relevant today as they were in 1852:  Is America’s past worthy of praise or condemnation?  What is the best way to combat racial oppression?  At what point does political compromise no longer become desirable?  What role do white Americans have in creating a more just nation?  The Fourth of July, our preeminent national holiday, is an ideal time to reflect on these questions. Find a transcript of the speech here.

This is a participatory event. Community members are invited to post discussion questions in the comments of the YouTube video.

This video will be posted here on July 4 at 12:00 PM. You may also watch on our YouTube channel.

Recycle Right! in the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District

Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM

Recycle Right.

Join the NEK Waste Management District from the comfort of your own home for a webinar and Q&A session about recycling in the NEKWMD. We will review:

– Vermont’s Universal Recycling and Composting Law and landfill disposal bans
– Vermont’s Extended Product Stewardship programs
– End markets for our recyclables
– And why certain materials can or cannot be recycled locally

Use this opportunity to join the discussion and ask your questions about our local recycling programs. This workshop is specifically designed for residents of the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District. Not sure if you’re in the district? Check the map on our homepage at www.nekwmd.org

Please register in advance for this workshop by clicking here. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the meeting. You may also watch on our YouTube channel after the workshop ends.

Hair Today (Not Gone Tomorrow) with Mary Hamilton French

Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 PM

A hair braid album.

In the 19th century, hair art was a popular way to remember loved ones. Regarded with sentimental affection, human hair was made into jewelry and wreaths or stored in albums. As it ages, hair becomes brittle and fragile and when locks of hair are bound into an album the result is a particularly complex object.

Mary French.

Join conservator Mary French as she discusses her conservation work on a 19th century hair album. Drawing on book, textile, and objects conservation techniques, she created an innovative and fully reversible treatment to stabilize the hair locks and reattach them to the support leaves and repaired the binding without causing further damage to the hair.  

Please register in advance for this workshop by clicking here. You may also watch on our YouTube channel after the workshop ends.

Knit Democracy Together Knitting Circle with Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

Saturday, July 18 from 7:00-8:00 PM

Knit Democracy Together Maquette.

Like the historic sewing circles where abolitionists and suffragists discussed the issues of the day, artist (and election law lawyer) Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will lead and facilitate a virtual gathering to knit building blocks of a state capitol sculpture. Participants will make pieces of the sculpture from yarn while hearing how some cities and states have decreased candidate reliance on private campaign money. Simple patterns provided for knitting, crochet, or making cable with fingers.

Please register in advance for this workshop by clicking here. You may also watch on our YouTube channel after the workshop ends.

For knitting instructions, click here. Please email Eve Jacobs-Carnahan if you would like to receive a FREE kit with yarn and instructions before taking part.


Old Stone House Week

Wednesday, August 5 to Sunday, August 9, 2020

Old Stone House Day is held annually at the Old Stone House Museum.

This year’s Old Stone House Day is going virtual! And it’s no longer just a day—we’re celebrating all week! Make sure you have a nice dinner at home and then join us daily at 7:00 PM for enlivening talks, music, a cocktail mixologist, and a Paint N’ Sip with art teacher Natalie Guillet. At the end of the week, members of the Old Stone House Museum are invited to participate in our 2020 Annual Meeting.

Registration will go live on July 13. Email Drew Bush with questions.

Schedule of Events

Shanta Lee Gander.

Wednesday, August 5 At 7:00 PM
Shanta Lee Gander, Bearing Witness and The Endurance of Voice

Shanta Lee Gander’s Website
Shanta Lee Gander at Mount Island
Shanta Lee Gander’s Production with Sobo Studio
Shanta Lee Gander’s Article in Rebelle Society
Shanta Lee Gander’s Article for Ms.
Shanta Lee Gander’s Article for The Crisis




William Edelglass.

Thursday, August 6 At 7:00 PM
William Edelglass, A History of the Concept of Race




Tune in Friday evening to hear from a local business about their mixing recipes.


Friday, August 7 at 7:00 PM
Virtual Drinks and LIVE Music

The first in our Paint N’Sip Series.




Saturday, August 8 at 7:00 PM
Natalie Guillet, Sip N’ Paint On Old-Time Chalkboard




Members please join us for the Old Stone House Museum 2020 Annual Meeting.

Sunday, August 9 at 1:00 PM
Old Stone House Museum Annual Meeting
All members welcome!