Community Conversations: 20th Century Development & Progress
Organized and hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Please contact the library for details or questions.
Learn about how Vermont has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. The program will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls, author of Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. In the book, Searls highlights the stories of different communities and their responses to difficult questions as part of his inquiry into how Vermont balanced competing visions for the state in the last century.
In the second part of presentation, there will be facilitated discussion. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?
“Community Conversations” is a joint program of the Vermont Historical Society and Vermont Department of Libraries. In Norwich, the program is co-sponsored with the Norwich Planning Commission. Ten Copies of Peal Searl’s Repeopling Vermont are available for loan to Norwich library cardholders.
To learn more about VHS programs in Repeopling Vermont series, visit the Community Conversations page for resources and information. Support provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University