Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History,
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Vermont’s constitution, drafted in 1777, was one of the most enlightened documents of its time, but in contrast, the history of Vermont has largely been told through the stories of influential white men. Join local scholar Cyndy Bittinger at the Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 PM on a journey through the forgotten tales of the often overlooked roles that women, Native Americans, and African Americans played in Vermont’s history.
Her book, Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans, takes a fresh look at our state’s history, uncovering hidden stories from the earliest inhabitants to present-day citizens. Ms. Bittinger explores where these marginalized groups are missing from historical narratives and explains their unique experiences and the ways that they contributed.
Cynthia Bittinger is an educator and historian, teaching at The Community College of Vermont and the Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont. She was appointed to the Center for Research on Vermont at the University of Vermont. She is a founding member of the Vermont Women’s History Project at the Vermont Historical Society.
Her series on Vermont women can be heard on VPR. She was the Executive Director of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in Plymouth, Vermont for eighteen years and wrote Grace Coolidge, Sudden Star, about Vermont born Grace Goodhue Coolidge, first lady from 1923-1929.
Location: Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room