Forests and Frontiers

Forests and Frontiers

Forests and Frontiers Vermont’s extensive old-growth forests drew representatives from the King’s Navy looking for mast trees. What can their map of timber resources tell us about our relationship to the land, how Vermont defined itself, and how history is...
Canal Fever

Canal Fever

Canal Fever In the summer of 1829, three Army surveyors created a map exploring a potential canal route that would have connected Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River. “Canal Fever” was gripping the region, with the success of the Erie Canal. But this...
Call it A New Life

Call it A New Life

Call it A New Life Technological improvements, from butter churns to electricity, transformed life on Vermont farms from the 1890s through the mid-20th century. Many of these changes eased the workload of Vermont’s farming families. But other changes –...
A Foot in Both Worlds

A Foot in Both Worlds

A Foot in Both Worlds People speaking Spanish as they milk cows may not fit our traditional image of a Vermont farm. But workers from Mexico and Central America are crucial to the state’s economy. And such migrant labor has a long history in Vermont. Download the...
The Curious Catamount

The Curious Catamount

The Curious Catamount Though said to be extinct, catamounts live on in the minds of many Vermonters. In this episode we retrace a Barnard panther hunt from 1881 and consider the hold that these big cats continue to have on our imaginations. Download the Episode...
A Town Solves a Problem

A Town Solves a Problem

A Town Solves a Problem Town meeting is central to our identity as a little state on a human scale that does things differently. But what happens to town meeting when it needs to change during a pandemic? Or when it changes because Vermont itself has changed? Download...