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An Evening with David Macaulay

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Norwich-based illustrator, a Caldecott Medal winner and MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellow, as he talks about his work and vision. Macaulay is best known for his explainer drawings, from the inside of cathedrals to the inside of the human body. Readers may recognize him for “The Way Things Work.” in addition to the discussion, Pierson’s Community Art Gallery will feature eight of Macaulay’s works, from the 1980s to now. 

2nd Wednesdays Presents 

Marquee performers, lecturers and artists for free every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from October through May. This series is sponsored by the Friends and Trustees of Pierson Library, the Shelburne Historical Society and the Vermont Humanities Council.

2nd Wednesdays for 2020:

Jan. 8 – Rick Bessette and Friends: Shelburne’s poet laureate for the past four years presents a capstone program of his favorite poems, and grade school students who worked with Rick to learn how to write poetry present poems of their choosing.

Feb. 12 – Vermont Women and the Civil War:  A seventh-generation Vermonter, Howard Coffin is the author of four books on the Civil War with a focus on Vermont and the Champlain Corridor.  This story is told in the women’s words, from letters and diaries that describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State

March 11 – Jane Kittredge and Friends:  Shelburne-based Kittredge can be seen and heard performing with a variety of ensembles including the Vermont Symphony, the Springfield Symphony, the DCINY Orchestra in New York City, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Tumbleweed, Playing for Good, the Middlebury Bach Festival, TURNmusic, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and on a number of albums put forth by local singer-songwriters.  

April 8 – Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer: This presentation by Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie’s life and legacy through readings from his prolific prose writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of Guthrie’s own art and of photographs documenting his complex life and times.

May 13 – From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists: Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men.

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