Category Archives: First Wednesdays

First Wednesday: “When The Bicycle Came To Vermont” with Luis Vivanco

UVM Professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s – helping spark important changes in the industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas. A program of Vermont Humanities. Recorded 2/4/20.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

First Wednesday: “The Sound of Music: Diamond Jubilee” with Robert Wyatt

In 1959, Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre premiered a musical on an unlikely topic: an Austrian family who had become famous for escaping Nazi Germany.  The Sound of Music went on to win five Tony Awards, along with five Academy Awards in its film adaptation.  Pianist and scholar Robert Wyatt discusses the history of the musical as well as the audience’s reaction, then and now. Recorded 1/8/20.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

First Wednesday: “What You Didn’t Know about Evangelicalism” by Randall Balmer

Most Americans associate evangelicals with the hard-right precincts of the Republican Party. But as Dartmouth religion professor Randall Balmer explains, evangelicalism in America has a much longer and more complex history, including a distinguished pedigree of working for progressive reforms. What happened? Recorded 5/22/19 by Middlebury Community Television.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

First Wednesday: Frederic Church’s Landscapes by Eleanor Jones Harvey

Frederic Church painted landscapes of distinctive American features, including Natural Bridge in Virginia and Niagara Falls in New York.  Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores how and why we used these American landscapes to distinguish the scale and scope of our cultural ambitions. Recorded 5/1/19.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library