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ZR-256766-18

Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT 05344-9888)
Lissa Ree Weinmann (Project Director: February 2017 to present)

Peoples, Places, and the History of the Written Word in Brattleboro, Vermont

An intergenerational community project that will research and present the history of the written word in Brattleboro, VT.

The “Peoples, Places, and the History of the Written Word in Brattleboro, VT” project sets out to build community through collaborative humanities activities. Five local institutions, including a small liberal arts college, will lead multi-generational community members with varied expertise to research, organize, and make public the history of the written word in Brattleboro and its surrounding rural communities. The research will be focused on particular places, and then shared via audio recordings and plaques for walking, biking, and driving tours, as well as in handmade books, curricular materials for local schools, a website, an exhibition, and lectures and other public events. These materials will bring to light the writings and history of less documented groups, including Abenakis, African Americans, and women, as well as homesteaders, spiritualists, and abolitionists, in addition to more prominent local authors such as Rudyard Kipling and Saul Bellow. The collaborative res

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Project fields:
American Literature; Rural Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Creating Humanities Communities Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$150,000

Grant period:
2/1/2017 – 1/31/2021