In partnership with the Vermont Humanities Council, we have again created a book discussion series that will travel the state after premiering here. It starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the spectacular age. Portrayals of inventors, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, and D.W. Griffiths. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own. The popular series, led by scholar Suzanne Brown, has one more book discussion session on Sept. 17 at 5:30 pm. Copies of The Maze of Windermere are available for borrowing for that evening’s discussion. In addition, enjoy the related display on the main floor and consider more reading.
For Tuesday, Sept. 3, we have added a special double feature. Author Suzanne Hinman visits to read from and discuss her new book, The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York. Time for that is 5:30 pm, but come early for a look at vintage clothing of the time in a “Spirits of Fashion” presentation from Ren Antonowicz. In between….chocolate extravaganza treats. Charlotte Merrill has found the recipe from the age that began our love of chocolate. The programs begin downstairs at 4:30 pm. Come for all or part of the programs.