Birthday Celebration Week

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. Join us as we celebrate his birthday and the State of Vermont designating September 23 as Alexander Twilight Day!

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Schedule of Events

Concurrent Resolution Reading and Historic Marker Dedication

We will welcome dignitaries to kick-off Alexander Twilight Day on Sunday, September 20 at 1 PM.

Sunday, September 20 — 1:00 PM

We will host a reading of the Vermont State Concurrent Resolution designating Alexander Twilight Day and the unveiling of a new historical marker in Historic Brownington Village.

In attendance were United States Representative Peter Welch, Vermont Senators John Rodgers and Robert Starr, Vermont State Representatives Vicki Strong of Albany, Michael Marcotte of Coventry, Brian Smith of Derby, Mark Higley of Lowell, Paul Lefebvre of Newark, Woodman Page of Newport City, and Vermont State Curator David Schutz and Tracy Martin of Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. We would like to thank each of them for making Alexander Twilight Day possible. Find the dedication ceremony full program HERE.

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

 

New Trail and Museum Events

We’ll have aerial views of the new Historic Recreation Trail.

Monday, September 21 — All Day

On Monday, please join us (with masks and social distancing) for our Twilight Education Trail, museum tours (please sign up in advance), and aerial views of the new trails and historic grounds.

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

Community Voice 

Share your voice and let us know what you think of Mr. Twilight.

Tuesday, September 22 — All Day

Why is Mr. Twilight relevant to you? Please give us your feedback on these questions and we will share them online with the community.

More responses from our community:

December 12,  2019 “Princes and Free Men” Episode of Before Your Time by the Vermont Historical Society and Vermont Humanities

Alexander Twilight Day 

September 23 is the actual day of Mr. Twilight’s birthday.

Wednesday, September 23 — All Day

Join us virtually for the day of Mr. Twilight’s birthday. Find below a reading of Mr. Twilight’s 20th Sermon by Roderick J. Owens, a presentation by the Twilight Girls, Rajnii Eddins, and Evensteve.com.

We’ll be announcing our raffle winners on Wednesday, October 7. Purchase one below today:

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