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Storied Objects: Tracing Women’s Lives in Vermont

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Sewing clamp, circa 1850

Fleming Museum, February 16 – September 3, 2010

Storied Objects: Tracing Women’s Lives in Vermont explores the experiences of women as they are reflected in the objects they made, used, and treasured. Storied Objects brings together a rich selection of artifacts from the Museum’s collection, along with oral and written narratives of Vermont women from the archives of the Vermont Folklife Center and the University of Vermont’s Special Collections, which offer glimpses into Vermont life from the 19th century onward.

The juxtaposition of objects, voices, and documents provides a range of perspectives on the past and enables visitors to explore some of the common aspects of women’s lives in Vermont: at work, in social settings, and within the family. Individual objects are paired with an audio excerpt, for example, an iron with Bertha Tucker’s memories of boiling laundry in the kitchen, offering insights into the object’s use and its significance in a woman’s life. While common experiences intersect in these objects’ uses and meanings, the exhibition also highlights the varied lives of women from different social backgrounds, offering visitors a deeper understanding of Vermont’s past.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Fleming Museum’s web page.

Blackboard Jungle 3

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The 21st Century Classroom is a complex, diverse and multifaceted space for teaching and learning. The third annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium, designed for higher education and K-12 educators and administrators, addresses some of the challenges and emerging approaches used to navigate integration, equality, social justice and cultural competence in the classroom.

Join keynote speakers Dr. James A. Anderson, Dr. Sonia Nieto, Dr. Carlos E. Cortes, and Dr. Angela Y. Davis at this extraordinary three-day event (March 25-27, 2010).

Sample titles by keynote presenters, in the Bailey-Howe Library:

James A. Anderson

Handbook for the assessment of diversity

The unfinished agenda of Brown v. Board of Education by the editors of Black issues in higher education with James Anderson and Dara N. Byrne

Carlos E. Cortes

The children are watching : how the media teach about diversity

The making and remaking of a multiculturalist

Angela Davis

Women, race & class

Are prisons obsolete?

Sonia Nieto

Affirming diversity : the sociopolitical context of multicultural education

Why we teach edited by Sonia Nieto

Maple Madness Cook Off

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Do you have a favorite dish featuring maple? Enter your torte, flan, taffy, pork loin, cheesecake, yam, bread pudding, parsnip, or polenta recipe in the UVM Libraries’ first-ever Maple Cook Off.

On Sunday, March 28, from 4-6pm, the University of Vermont Libraries will be hosting a Maple Cook-Off to celebrate the launch of its Maple Syrup Research Website, created by the UVM Libraries in partnership with the National Agricultural Library. The doors will open at 4 PM. The Growlers, an acoustic trio that plays upbeat rock, blues, and country music, will provide musical entertainment from 4-5pm, while the judges are evaluating the entries. Guests can browse maple displays and children’s activities. After the judging is complete, all attendees are invited to sample the buffet of maple delicacies. Winners will be announced at 5:30pm.

Confirmed judges include: Suzanne Podhaizer, Seven Days Food Editor; Sarah Lyons, maple producer, Square Deal Farm; Sue Bette, owner of Bluebird Tavern; and Kate Turcotte, UVM ecological agriculture major and organizer of the Vermont Food Summit.

Prizes, donated by local eateries, include gift certificates to Magnolia, Penny Cluse, August First, and Hen of the Wood.

Registration to participate is free and open to the public. You do not need to enter a dish in order to attend. Register now! Get more information.

The Maple Cook Off is the first in a week of events that include the Bailey/Howe Library exhibit It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont, and “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” a talk by Middlebury College Professor John Elder on March 31st at 5:30 PM.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Bisquick Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Syrup and Bacon Frosting by cupcakequeen, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

John Elder, a Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, will present “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” co-sponsored by the University of Vermont Libraries and Special Collections. The talk will take place in Bailey/Howe Library’s Special Collections on March 31st, at 5:30 PM.

Elder will discuss maple sugaring as a traditional rural lifeway that both illuminates contemporary challenges like climate change and exemplifies the need for celebration within environmental thinking today. It will weave together and reflect upon excerpts from his book-in-progress, In Hardwood Groves, a work he is expected to complete later this year.

John Elder is an accomplished writer and professor whose work marries literature and environmental studies. He has been a member of the faculty at Middlebury College for over 30 years, and has won numerous awards, including, most recently, the Vermont Campus Compact Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award, the Carnegie Foundation’s Vermont Professor of the Year Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His published works include numerous articles, in publications ranging from Orion to the New England Review, and books such as The Frog Run: Words and Wildness in the Vermont Woods, an account of building a sugaring house with his sons, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh.

The talk will follow a 4:30 PM reception to celebrate the Maple Syrup Research Website, created by the UVM Libraries in partnership with the National Agricultural Library. The reception will be held beside It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont, an accompanying exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby.

The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Maple Sugaring Time by deCadmus used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Maple Madness: A Week of Celebration

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Maple Madness: A Week of Celebration at the UVM Libraries

The University of Vermont Libraries are celebrating the creation of a new Maple Syrup Research Website with a week of programs, exhibits, and food, beginning March 28th, 2010. The website is a comprehensive subject guide in the field of maple syrup, including historical publications and photographs related to maple syrup research at the University of Vermont.

Cook Maple, Win Prizes

A Maple Cook-Off will be held at UVM’s Davis Center on March 28th, from 4 to 6PM, featuring a buffet of maple delicacies, music by acoustic trio The Growlers, maple displays, children’s activities, and prizes of gift certificates to local eateries (awarded by food critics, activists, and producers). The event is free and open to the public. Register now! Get more information.

A Party in the Woods

John Elder, a Professor at Middlebury College, will present “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” on maple sugaring as a traditional rural lifeway that both illuminates contemporary challenges like climate change and exemplifies the need for celebration within environmental thinking today. The talk will take place in Bailey/Howe Library’s Special Collections on March 31st, at 5:30 PM, and is co-sponsored by Special Collections and the UVM Libraries.

Elder’s talk will follow a 4:30 PM reception to celebrate the launch of the Maple Syrup Research Website in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby.

Maple Exhibits

Maple exhibits in the Bailey/Howe Library include images of sugaring-off parties, historic recipes, the story of Helen Nearing, and much, much more. The exhibits are located in the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby and in Special Collections. They will be on display through June 2010.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Homemade Maple Syrup by Chiot’s Run, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

New Digital Collection of Long Trail’s Early Years

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives is pleased to announce our newest collection, the Long Trail Photographs, is now available online. This collection documents the nation’s first long-distance hiking trail. It is comprised of over 900 digitized glass lantern slides dating to the 1910s – 1930s. The collection captures the landscapes seen by early hikers, documenst recreational and maintenance activities on the trail, and provides an historical record of people associated with the trail’s formation. The photographs were taken by early Long Trail advocates Theron S. Dean and Herbert Wheaton Congdon.

This collection launch coincides with the March 11, 2010 centennial of the Green Mountain Club, the member organization which built and maintains the Long Trail. The CDI will present the collection to Green Mountain Club members at their Birthday Gala celebration. This GMC event is open to the public, but RSVP soon – space is limited.

New Book Highlights

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Jesus, jobs, and justice : African American women and religion by Bettye Collier-Thomas

“The most extensive and best-known histories of African-American religion in America give short shrift to the role of African-American women in religion. In her exhaustive and monumental study, Collier-Thomas (Daughters of Thunder) allows the strong voices of women as diverse as Ida B. Wells Barnett, Sarah Jane Woodson Early (the first black woman to serve on a faculty of an American university), and Mary McLeod Bethune to articulate the causes of liberation and justice in a culture where their race and sex continually called into question their self-understanding.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Making waste : leftovers and the eighteenth-century imagination by Sophie Gee

“Making Waste is a pleasure to read–vividly, gracefully, wittily written. It will be a valuable contribution to eighteenth-century literary and cultural studies.”–Cynthia Wall, University of Virginia

Of comics and men : a cultural history of American comic books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet ; translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen

“Originally published in France and long sought in English translation, Jean-Paul Gabilliet’s Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books documents the rise and development of the American comic book industry from the 1930s to the present.” –Publisher’s information

Ripe : the search for the perfect tomato by Arthur Allen

“A robust tale of how tomatoes get to the table and why some don’t taste very good when they get there… An eye-opener for foodies, consumers and social-justice activists alike.” –Kirkus Reviews

Maple Exhibits

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Maple Ridge, Danville, VT

The UVM Libraries have been collecting maple resources for many years, creating an outstanding collection for the study of Vermont’s signature maple industry.  This spring, all the display cases in Bailey/Howe Library feature maple exhibits based on materials selected from the Wilbur Collection of Vermontiana, the Maple History Collection, and the collections of UVM’s Proctor Maple Research Center.

“It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont” in the lobby the uses photographs, paintings, prints, business records, advertisements and artifacts to show how the essential process of evaporating and concentrating sap through boiling has been modified as a result of innovation and research.  The display also includes images of sugaring-off parties and examples of maple-themed poetry, prose, and even country music.

“Sweet and Savory: Cooking with Maple,” also located in the lobby, documents the richly varied and creative dishes that home cooks and professional chefs make with maple.  Drawing from over 100 years of cookbooks, the exhibit showcases dishes that are well-loved and familiar, such as Maple Bars, as well as those that are unusual and intriguing, such as Black-Peppered Maple Cream Pie.

The exhibit cases in Special Collections feature women who made outstanding contributions to Vermont maple business and research, including the enterprising ladies of Maple Grove Candies, author and sugarmaker Helen Nearing, and UVM scientist Mariafranca Morselli.

The exhibits are located in the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby and in Special Collections.  They will be on display through June 2010.

Tasty Maple Recipes