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Porches of North America


April 23, 2013, 7 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM

Thomas Visser, associate professor of Historic Preservation and director of the Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont, will discuss his latest book, Porches of North America. His slide presentation will explore how this well-loved building feature has evolved in the United States and Canada. He will also discuss his research into many curious social uses, traditions, customs, and special activities associated with porch life.

While porches have a long history and are a familiar feature of the landscape, Visser and his students discovered that there were relatively few real studies of porches. He has filled the gap with Porches of North America, a 304-page book that includes sections on the history of porches as well as their many forms and functions.  The book is loaded with illustrations of porches of all kinds, many from UVM Special Collections. For a preview, check out this short video.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

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