One-hundred-fifty years ago Monday, President Abraham Lincoln signed the
Morrill Act. That’s
a law named for Senator Justin Morrill of Strafford that established a system
of public colleges and universities devoted to engineering and agriculture. And
those schools today enroll nearly five million students.
Daisy Turner was born in Grafton in 1883, one of 13 children of Sally
and Alec Turner. Her
stories of her 104 years of living and her family’s lineage in slavery are
preserved by the Vermont Folklife Center.
Vermont’s abolitionist history is strong, and every town has
its stories of secret rooms where, it’s believed, Vermonters hid fugitive
slaves, helping them on their way to freedom. But historical documents from the
mid-1800s suggest a different reality – where the Underground Railroad was not
an organized movement, and escaped slaves didn’t actually have to be hidden
In the 1840s, people
across Vermont and much of the northeast were preparing for judgment
day. A local preacher, William Miller, had predicted that the end
was coming, and that it would be sometime between March of 1843 and March of
Americana museums exist in many forms and many sizes across the
country, from local historical societies to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont to
the Smithsonian in Washington. Many of these museums have been having more trouble attracting visitors in recent years, and are trying a variety of innovative things in an effort to change that.
Historian Elise Guyette discusses her new book, "Discovering Black Vermont" and the families she researched who prospered in Hinesburg in the 1800s. Also, virtual classrooms will soon be teaching Vermont students, and the Norwich University marching band upholds its tradition as the oldest collegiate band in America.
The demolition of the Lake Champlain Bridge uncovered
an 18th century French fort at Chimney Point. Two archaeologists describe what they’re learning from the site. Also, we talk with Ben Hewitt about Hardwick’s local agricultural movement. And, soldiers make art out of their uniforms.