2020 Public Programs Archive

2020 Public Programs Archive

You can also watch all our videos on our YouTube channel.


Alexander Twilight Birthday Celebration Week

Sunday, September 20-Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Alexander Lucius Twilight was enigmatic and magnetic. He was driven and visionary. He was also an impressive force as an educator through the mid 1800’s in historic Brownington Village who essentially built Athenian Hall  (the four-story granite building that would house both girls and boys from 1836-1858). He employed what is modernly described as place-based, experiential educational techniques.

You may also know that Mr. Twilight was the first African American to serve in a state legislature and to graduate from a United States college (Middlebury). Mr. Twilight’s father, a freed Black man, fought in the Revolutionary War.

We will be broadcasting all events on our YouTube channel.  You can also watch on Kingdom Access Television or NEK Television

Please Click HERE to See All Online Celebration Events

Schedule of Events
September 20: Resolution Reading and Historic Marker Dedication (View Online or on Local Television)
September 21: New Trail and Museum Events (In-Person with Masks and Social Distancing)
September 22: Community Voice (View Online or on Local Television)
September 23:  Alexander Twilight Day (View Online or on Local Television)

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Paint N’ Sip with Natalie Guillette

Friday, August 14th at 7:00 PM

Make your own history in this whimsical and fun virtual Paint N’ Sip with a twist of local history! Art teacher and personality Natalie Guillette will lead the session via Zoom Video Conferencing while you enjoy the comfort of your own home. The Old Stone House Museum will provide you with a Paint N’ Sip kit to-go including some delectable Eden Iced Cider and mouth-watering Jasper Hill Farm artisan cheese. 

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Old Stone House Week

Wednesday, August 5 to Sunday, August 9, 2020

This year’s Old Stone House Day will be virtual all week from Wednesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 9.

This year’s Old Stone House Day went virtual. And it’s no longer just a day—we celebrated all week! Participants took part in enlivening talks, Historical Vermont Music, and a special Kids’ Friday online extravaganza. At the end of the week, members of the Old Stone House Museum participated in our 2020 Annual Meeting. Please email Drew Bush with questions.

If you like what you are seeing for our virtual Old Stone House Week, please consider making a donation to support our efforts.

Schedule of Events

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

Shanta Lee Gander is an artist and multi-faceted professional in leadership, marketing, management, and a range of other areas. As an artist, her endeavors include writing prose, poetry, investigative journalism, and photography.  Shanta Lee’s prose has been incorporated into her former weekly radio segments, Ponder This on Green Mountain Mornings 100.3 FM/1490 AM WKVT. 

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

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

Please Click HERE for the Materials From this Class.

William Edelglass teaches philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies at Marlboro College. He has published widely in Buddhist philosophy, environmental philosophy, and 20th-century European philosophy. This video will not be on YouTube to respect participants privacy.

Friday, August 7 at 7:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]
Kids’ Friday Online Extravaganza

Join us for a Kids’ Friday! event online from 7pm-7:45pm on August 7th.  This summer’s students will share out their handmade creations based on what they learned about African American Alexander Twilight.  We will then explore games and pastimes of the mid 19th Century thinking about what games Twilight’s students might have amused themselves with in their downtime. Warm up your hands and be ready to clap along with us!  This video will not be on YouTube to respect participants privacy.

Saturday, August 8 at 7:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]
Historical Vermont Music

Join us for an evening concert with local musicians Phil and Eileen Baker.  Learn about the history of our state through song as we kick off the evening with a set of twelve songs that speak to the history of Vermont.  Stay with us after a short break to listen to some modern tunes written and adapted by the Bakers.

Sunday, August 9 at 1:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]

Please click HERE for the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes.

Please click HERE for the 2020 Annual Report.

Old Stone House Museum Annual Meeting
All members welcome!

Brought To You By:

The Barton Chronicle.
C&C Supermarket.
Ladies Aid Society of Brownington.
Rotary Club of Newport.


Reading Frederick Douglass with Tyler Alexander

Saturday, July 4 at 12:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]


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.

Recycle Right! in the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District

Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]

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

Hair Today (Not Gone Tomorrow) with Mary Hamilton French

Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED] 


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.

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.

Knit Democracy Together Knitting Circle with Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

Saturday, July 18 from 7:00-8:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]

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.

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.


Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

Saturday, June 13 at 3:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]

The first video presents a new book on Beekeeping, “The Land of Milk and Honey, a History of Beekeeping in Vermont” published by the Green Writers Press. The second covers our June 13 workshop where Old Stone House Museum members got to ask two of the authors questions.

Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently as a multi-pronged scourge has devastated many of the nation’s 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobby beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country. Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as “farming for intellectuals.”

Once you watch our workshop, please complete this survey for the Vermont Humanities Council.

Backyard Composting Workshop

Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]

Interested in backyard composting? Watch the video of the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District’s last workshop above. This backyard composting workshop prepares residents for the upcoming food scrap disposal ban starting July 1, 2020.


Composting Workshop with NEKWMD

Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]

In this May 7 workshop you can join our partners at the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District as they make composting easy. This workshop was designed to provide the essential information you’ll need to feel comfortable experimenting with backyard composting while understanding some of the science behind the process.

Starting Plants in Your Home and Greenhouse

Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 PM [NOW CONCLUDED]

This workshop led May 16 by Old Stone House Executive Director Molly Veysey gave viewers a tour of her recycled-window potting shed and hoop house and newly started plants. This class was aimed at beginning gardeners looking to get a little more serious about their production while working to lengthen the short northern Vermont growing season.