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Vermont Women and the Civil War

Free Event, 4PM

Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. With nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, the monumental tasks of keeping more than 30,000 farms in operation became very much a female enterprise.  And women took the place of men in factories and worked after hours making items needed by the soldiers. A Vermont woman edited anti-slavery newspapers, and others spoke against slavery. Also, Vermont women served as nurses in the state’s military hospitals and in the war zone, and taught newly-freed slaves in the South.  And at least one Vermont woman appears to have secretly enlisted and fought in a Vermont regiment.

This story is told in their words, from letters and diaries that describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State. A seventh-generation Vermonter, Howard Coffin is the author of four books on the Civil War.

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Green Mountain Astronomers Lunar Night at the Battlefield

8:00pm to 11:00 pm

Lunar Night at the Battlefield:  Members of the Green Mountain Amateur Astronomers will be on hand to show you the crescent moon and other celestial all stars. They bring their telescopes for your viewing and learning pleasure.  Clear night sky dependent, no rain date. Please note:  no restroom facilities available.

Grace Coolidge Musicale – Student Edition

2 PM

An appreciative and encouraging audience is sought for the first concert of the Grace Coolidge Musicale series. This recital will showcase the blossoming talents of piano students from across Vermont and honors the nurturing spirit of First Lady Coolidge. Grace was an educator before her marriage to Calvin Coolidge and harbored a profound appreciation for music. Under these auspices, the students have been invited to perform on a unique instrument.  The piano to be played was a gift from the Baldwin Company to Grace during her tenure in the White House. It was once performed on by Russian virtuoso Sergei Rachmaninoff and was the first piano known fly in an airplane. Admission to the concert is free.

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