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"Family Humor" with Dawn Andrews at VT History Museum

"Family Humor" with Dawn Andrews at VT History Museum


Vermont History Museum

109 State St, Montpelier, VT

Thursday, January 18th at 12 PM - 1 PM


Dawn Andrews’ grandfather Stanley Lyndes was a teacher, craftsman, storyteller, artist, hunter, and above all “noticer.” Some of his quirky, humorous and intriguing work is on display in the Local History Gallery in the exhibit “Family Traits: Art, Humor and Everyday Life.” Dawn will speak about family storytelling and humor in early 20th century central Vermont, and how family culture can persist through generations.

Third Thursday talks are free & open to everyone. Bring your lunch, coffee & tea provided.

Dawn will share stories and humor that add context and depth to the exhibit, as well as more stories about "Gramp" and the characters in his work. Dawn describes her grandfather as “a noticer.” He observed the quirks and foibles of the people with whom he interacted every day. He remembered each peculiar turn of phrase and was struck by the absurd qualities of everyday life that usually go unnoticed as “normal.” Like an anthropologist or a folklorist, he was able to reflect on his life at a distance, and he saw terrific humor everywhere.

While a student at the Pratt Institute, Stanley illustrated a book of sketches that inspired, among other things, the name of the exhibition, “Family Traits.” Dawn will display and discuss excerpted sketches from the book, delving beneath the surface humor to share the family stories and characters that inspired them—and that have become touchstones through the generations of her family.  

Family Traits will be on display at the Vermont History Museum through January 26th. 

More details on the exhibit available here: Family Traits: Art, Humor, and Everyday Life.

Earlier Event: December 1
Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit
Later Event: February 1