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Wheatley remembers World War II

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  copyright the Chronicle May 20, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph NEWPORT — At 93, Donald Wheatley has witnessed most of the major events of the twentieth century, and participated in a big one, World War II. “I’m 93 years young,” he said in an interview Friday... More »

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Ruminations: On the historic rise of the birthday cake

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copyright the Chronicle March 4, 2015 by Tena Starr My family isn’t overly fond of cake, which got me to wondering about the history of the ritual. How is it that cake and candles are such an entrenched tradition that people who don’t even really like cake sti... More »

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Biography pays heed to Governor Robinson

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copyright the Chronicle December 17, 2014 Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont by Robert A. Mello. Published by the Vermont Historical Society, 2014. 450 pages with footnotes and bibliography. $34.95 Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre Robert A. Mello is a better ... More »

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Beer book serves up history, profiles, tales

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copyright the Chronicle July 30, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar Vermont Beer; History of a Brewing Revolution; by Kurt Staudter and Adam Krakowski, published by the History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 2014, paperback, 190 pages, $19.99. Since 1991, Vermont h... More »

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In Glover: What you never knew about the toothbrush

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copyright the Chronicle June 25, 2014 by Joseph Gresser GLOVER — The word “everyday” means usual or common. It might seem, then, that the Museum of Everyday Life would be a humdrum collection of boring objects. The selection of themes covered in the museum’s f... More »

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How Barton’s founder became a war hero

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copyright the Chronicle March 5, 2014 Kidnapping the Enemy, The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott, by Christian M. McBurney.  325 pages.  Hardcover.  Published by Westholme Publishing, LLC.  $29.95. Reviewed by Tena Starr It... More »

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Did slavery in Vermont really end in 1777?

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copyright the Chronicle February 26, 2014 The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.  By Harvey Amani Whitfield.  Published by the Vermont Historical Society 2014.  140 pages with notes, documents and index.  $19.95 Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre The asser... More »

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Vermont history through the eyes of a lawyer

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Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History, by Paul Gillies.  Published by the Vermont Historical Society. 2013.  414 pages with index. $24.95. Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre People who major in history in college often find themsel... More »