“A Proper and Reputable Occupation: Young Vermont Women and Teaching in the 19th Century”
On Sunday, March 12th at 2pm in the Poultney Public Library, the Poultney Remembers Lecture Series continues with a presentation by local historian and writer Ennis Duling, entitled, “A Proper and Reputable Occupation: Young Vermont Women and Teaching in the 19th Century.” The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities, and open to the public.
Duling will talk about the lives of women schoolteachers in the years following the Civil War and shed light on the many changes to rural education during this time: how teaching suddenly became a job for women, how these women were educated, what they taught, and what sort of difficulties they faced. He will focus on Poultney and western Rutland County and feature the roles of Troy Conference Academy and Ripley Female College (predecessors of Green Mountain College) and of the State Normal School at Castleton (predecessor of Castleton University.)
The Society will continue this series on Saturday, March 25 at 2PM with a special maple-themed historical program to coincide with Poultney’s Maple Fest Celebration. The program that day will feature Michael Lange, a Vermont Humanities Council sponsored speaker, on “The Many Meanings of Maple” in The Meeting House on Bentley Avenue. That same day, the Historical Society will also be screening, “The Maple Sugaring Story,” a 2005 Vermont made short film, and exhibiting posters with local maple sugar maker profiles and other maple-themed items.
The programs are all free, accessible to people with disabilities, and open to the public. For further information visit www.poultneyhistoricalsociety.org, call the Poultney Historical Society at 287-5252, or email [email protected].