Gilded Age: Then and Now

We have again created a book discussion series that will travel the state through the Vermont Humanities Council.  It starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the spectacular age.  Portrayals of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Stanford White, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, D.W. Griffiths and detective William Burns. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that  time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own.  The series will be led by scholar Suzanne Brown.  The next session is Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30 pm.  Copies of American Lightning are available for borrowing for that evening’s discussion.  In addition, enjoy the related display on the main floor and consider more related reading.

We are adding special programs for Tuesday, Sept. 3 when 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 is 5:30 pm, but come early  for a look at  vintage clothing of the time.  In between….chocolate extravaganza treats.  It all begins downstairs at 4:30 pm.