Weekly Email Update 2.8.21

"If we don’t make students feel that history matters and matters profoundly, we are missing the essence of what we are doing."
Gerda Lerner b.1920 d.2013
Austrian-born American historian and woman's history author. In addition to her numerous scholarly publications, she wrote poetry, fiction, theatre pieces, screenplays, and an autobiography. She served as president of the Organization of American Historians

     It's the second week of February already, WeCAN readers, and the date on the calendar means we are putting out the call for March and April event submissions from our truly incredible leaders, organizers, and neighbors. This includes Save the Dates for future events, updates on any on-going projects, and updated group meeting times and Zoom links. 
     February also means that it is Black History Month and to celebrate Black Culture, Black Lives, and Black 
History, we will be sharing some unique, local-to-Vermont African American resources that have been curated just for you. We hope you will take a few moments to educate and enlighten yourself. Please feel free to share this information with your networks as well. 

Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890 by Elise A. Guyette

Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790–1890 by Elise A. Guyette tells the story of three generations of free African Americans trying to build a life and community in northern Vermont in the years following statehood. By piecing together fragments of the history of free blacks in Vermont—tax and estate records, journals, diaries, and the like—the author recovers what is essentially a lost world, establishing a framework for using primary sources to document a forgotten past. The book is an invaluable resource for those conducting local history research and will serve as inspiration for high school and college students and their teachers. Originally published in 2010 by the University of Vermont and University Press, it has been reprinted in 2020 by the Vermont Historical Society.

About the Author

Elise A. Guyette is a historian, author, and educator. Dr. Guyette is a former public school teacher and museum educator, who works as a consultant on ethnohistory, social sciences, and curriculum development for schools, theaters, television, and museums. She has a passion for discovering and teaching about stories that were lost because of the traditional telling of history from the point of view of the powerful. She co-founded the Burlington Edible History Tour, which tells the stories of various Burlington immigrant groups along with their food traditions and food businesses. Discovering Black Vermont was awarded the 2010 Richard O. Hathaway prize from the Vermont Historical Society for the year’s outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history.

Discovering Black Vermont is available to purchase online. You can view the Teacher's Guide here.


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Weekly Email Update 2.1.21

"Everyone has the power to follow the stock market. If you made it through fifth grade math, you can do it."
Peter Lynch
American investor, mutual fund manager, and philanthropist
(posted in honor of GameStop's meteoric stock market rise, thanks to Reddit)

     There are quite a few new events this week, WeCAN readers, so please take a moment and scroll down through the entire email to see what's happening in and around Windham County this week. We would like to remind organizational leaders to please submit their February, March, and April events to [email protected] as soon as you are able for early publication. We hope to see you at an event soon! 



Vermont Food Bank’s Veggie Van Go Upcoming Schedule
The First and Third Mondays of Every Month in the parking lot across the street from the main entrance to Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11:30am. 
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
Monday, February 1st, 2021
Monday, February 15th, 2021
Monday, March 1st, 2021
Monday, March 15th, 2021
Monday, April 5th, 2021
Monday, April 19th, 2021
Monday, May 3rd, 2021
Monday, May 17th, 2021
Monday, June 7th, 2021
Monday, June 21st, 2021

Important information:

  • Drive through model- please stay in your vehicles
  • If you are walking there: see a Vermont Foodbank associate but please make sure to stay 6 feet back.
  • There are no income requirements, registration or paperwork to participate
  • You do not need to be present to get food: you may ask someone to pick up on your family's behalf.

For questions, please contact the WSESU VVG Program Coordinator:
Kira Sawyer-Hartigan, WSESU
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 
[email protected]



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Weekly Email Update 1.25.21

"Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true, 
that even as we grieved, we grew, 
that even as we hurt, we hoped, 
that even as we tired, we tried,
that we'll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat,
but because we will never again sow division."
Amanda Gorman
National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history


 We hope that everyone enjoyed President Biden and Vice President Harris' Inauguration Week...and enjoyed a bit of Bernie mitten memeing as well! We have more than a few new events inside this week's Weekly Email Update, so please take a moment and scroll on through to the end of this email. We look forward to seeing you at a Zoom event in the near future! 



Vaccine Conversations with Susanna Shapiro
presented by Marlboro Community Center
Sunday, January 24th, 2021, Online. 3pm-4pm.
Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84005187353 
On Sunday we will hold a special session of the Community Center Coffee Hour to learn about the Covid Vaccine.
Come talk with your neighbors and friends and town health officer, Susanne Shapiro.
Some of your questions may include: When is it your turn? Where will you get your vaccine? What do you worry about and, perhaps, what do you look forward to?



Speaking Up: Histories of American Protest and Activism (Part of the 2021 Virtual Winter Lecture Series)
presented by Historic Deerfield
Sunday, January 24th, 2021 at 3pm
Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 3pm
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at 3pm
Gain access here: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4eJ8JhtvSc2UsQkgsZ2M7g. Free, registration is required. This lecture series will be presented live via Zoom webinar. The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and available to registrants for viewing for two weeks after the live event.
Protest and dissent are an integral part of American political and cultural identity. Join us this winter for three virtual webinars devoted to exploring vibrant, lesser-known histories of American activism including the radical abolition movement of the 19th century, how women of color transformed the women’s suffrage movement, and the raucous electoral politics of the post-Civil War era.

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Weekly Email Update 1.18.21

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
– Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



The Intersectionality of Gender-Based Violence
sponsored by Windham World Affairs Council
Sunday, January 17th, 2021, Online. 4pm-5:30pm.
Register for this event: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_bhVmY1XTSZSR_2zMDDlShQ. This talk is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The Windham World Affairs Council is pleased to announce an online Zoom panel discussion by five panelists – Willow O’Feral (Haptic Pictures), Aida Oualate (Justice and Dignity for the Women of Sahel), Patricia Pedroza González (Keene State College), Mei-Ling Ellerman (Brandeis University), and an advocate of the Women’s Freedom Center. They will dialogue about the intersectionality of gender-based violence (GBV), answering the questions:
How do patterns of social injustice, marginalization, discrimination and cultural bias shape GBV? How have these dynamics shifted in the context of the pandemic?
Examined through multiple lenses – race/ethnicity, refugee, LGBTQ, religion, and rurality/urbanity, panelists share their stories, perspectives and experiences. We hope you will join us for this important and timely discussion. The panel will begin promptly at 4:00 PM and last until 5:30 PM. A recording will be shared on WWAC social platforms.
Panelist Biographies:
The Women’s Freedom Center is a Brattleboro-based domestic and sexual violence resource organization, representing Windham & southern Windsor counties. They support survivors of gender-based violence of all genders, and have been doing this work in our community for 46 years.
We welcome your donations to support our panelists. Please especially consider donating to Justice and Dignity for the Women of Sahel, and The Women’s Freedom Center. Donations to WWAC can be made on our website.

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