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2nd Wednesdays - 2022-2023 season


2nd Wednesdays is Pierson Library's marquee lecture and performance series!

  • All events are free. (no tickets required)
  • Programs will start on time. (6:30 pm)
  • Please check website in case of inclement weather.

“Wolf Peaches” w/ Rebecca Rupp - September 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables


“Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense” w/ Rick Winston - October 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm

A discussion of the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter.


“Abenaki History and the story of Lake Champlain’s Creation” - November 9, 2022  at 6:30 pm

Short films and Q & A w/Chief Don Stevens

Winter Holiday Poetry Slam Night - December 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Come listen to poems or bring poems to read for holiday cheer, with our current and former Shelburne Poet Laureates.

“1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816”w/ Howard Coffin - January 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm

This talk includes scores of anecdotes about the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. The horrible weather also came in the aftermath of the War of 1812, which produced shortages and an economic crisis.

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont”w/ Jane Williamson - February 8, 2023 at 6:30 pm

The illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom.


2nd Wednesdays are sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, the Shelburne Historical Society, and the Friends of the Pierson Library - thank you!


“The Most Costly Journey: Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont Drawn” w/ Christiane Kokubo - March 8, 2023 at 6:30 pm

This non-fiction comics anthology presents stories of survival and healing told by Latin American migrant farmworkers in Vermont.


“From Skiff’s to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions” w/ Douglas Brooks - April 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm

In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels.


Jane Kittredge - May 10, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Jane's back with another wonderful performance with Vermont Symphony Orchestra performers and other talented musical friends!