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This workshop presented at The Generator maker-space in Burlington offers tools and methods for developing collaborative projects centered in community-based research, documentary or storytelling mediums.
The Vermont Folklife Center’s "Discovering Community Summer Institute" brings together educators from across the state for a four-day intensive exploring digital storytelling, media making, ethnography and community based research. August 12-15, 2019 at The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, VT.
This month’s episode explores the persistence of Franco-American culture in Vermont through the life and work of the late Martha Pellerin. Learn about Martha and her work to promote, validate and share the contributions made by Vermonters of French Canadian descent to the culture of contemporary Vermont.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we honor the achievements of three extraordinary women: Nellie Staves, Daisy Turner, and Gert Lepine—all of whom were interviewed extensively by Vermont Folklife Center founder (and pioneer in her own right) Jane C. Beck.
The “meet-cute” is as old as love itself. This term refers to the conditions under which two potential partners meet. Your true love could be on the other side of the desk at a job interview, at the end of a scavenger hunt, or the last one out of the clown car. Yes, these are all true stories. Hear them in this month’s episode of VT Untapped.
Major J. Francis Angier tells the gripping story of being shot down over Germany during World War II, surviving as a prisoner of war, and saving two ships carrying hundreds of soldiers from certain doom.
Based on interviews with hunters conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center, “Deer Stories” doesn’t advocate for or condemn hunting but rather explores the experience from an insider’s point of view.
“What’s my drag?” That’s the question photographer Evie Lovett found herself asking after spending time with Kitty, Mama, Candi, and Sophia, all drag queens at the Rainbow Cattle Company, a gay bar in Dummerston, Vermont.
On display at our Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury, VT.
Ice Shanties is an exhibition about the structures, people and culture of ice fishing seen through the lens of Vermont-based Colombian photographer Federico Pardo - with audio reflections from the shanty owners drawn from interviews conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center.
On display at the Bennington Museum through June 11, 2019.
After Minnie Griswold passed away in 1952, her sons locked up their mother’s house in Pawlet, Vermont and left all her belongings in place, unaltered. Thirty years later, Pawlet documentarians Susanne and Neil Rappaport would enter the home at the invitation of one of the brothers, Charlie, and go on to produce a collection of hand-colored photographs of Minnie’s home.
This month we are excited to present the first in a series of monthly blog posts from our Jane Beck Folklife Fellow, archivist Susan Creighton . Between April and December Susan will share insights into her work and interesting things she comes across in the collection. As winter gradually transitions to spring, and inspired by our current on-site exhibit, Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture, this month Susan shares some archival bits related to ice fishing and other winter activities on our frozen lakes.
To mark the 2019 sugaring season we asked legendary English folk singer (and Brattleboro resident) Tony Barrand and his apprentice, Amanda Witman to share a rendition of the classic Vermont folk song, the Vermont Sugar-Maker's Song, also known as Maple Sweet.
Meet our newest trustee, Coventry-based photographer, John Miller.
We received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Vermont Cartooning and Culture Project.
Meet our 2019 Jane Beck Folklife Fellow, archivist Susan Creighton.
Exploring and documenting the role of the Grange in Vermont today - specifically focusing on two active community Granges: Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham.
In 1983 Jane Beck, the founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, first met Daisy Turner, who then was 100 years old, born in Grafton, Vermont, the daughter of slaves.
An ethnographic cartooning project that pairs Vermont cartoonists with Latin American migrant farm workers on Vermont dairy farms.