Before 1960 the Speaker of the House was frequently viewed almost as an honorary position, usually going to someone who was at the end of his service and who only remained in the position for one term. This began to change, with the Speaker becoming increasingly partisan until under Ralph Wright, the podium became a symbol of power.
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This week’s Deer Stories installment—“Championship Buck”: Old-time Vermonter Roy Hines tells of tracking, shooting, and retrieving a 278-pound, 10-point buck—a once-in-a-lifetime event for even the most seasoned hunter. For a transcript, photographs and biographical information on the hunter featured in this episode,… visit VFC’s Deer Stories Website: http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/mul timedia/radio/deer-stories/prog03/
Under the Golden Dome, Program 4: Women and the Legislature. Women have been in the Legislature since Edna Beard in 1921. In 1953, Consuelo Bailey became Vermont’s first woman speaker and then the nation’s first woman Lieutenant Governor. Yet despite these milestones, women continued to be separate and unequal in the State House, until a group of activist women from Chittenden County made their presence felt in the 1970s.
Philip Hoff was elected Governor in 1962, the first Democratic Governor in over 100 years which served as a watershed of changing politics. In 1965 Reapportionment was accomplished which reduced the House from 246 to 150 members, no longer basing representation on geography but on population. This of course had a major impact on the Legislature and on Vermont.
This week’s installment of Deer Stories—“Changing Culture”: Hunting plays a less central role in rural communities today than it did fifty years ago.
Hunters describe how open land is being developed, and land used for generations by hunters is being posted by new landowners. For a transcript, photographs and biographical information on the hunter’s featured in this episode, visit VFC’s Deer Stories Website:
Under the Golden Dome: The Stories Behind Vermont’s Citizen Legislature
Today’s installment of Under the Golden Dome: Program 2 —”The Young Turks.”
In 1961 a group of 11, mostly freshmen legislators—both moderate Republicans and Democrats, would meet to discuss legislation and strategy once a week. They came to be known as “the Young Turks.” In this program five of the original 11 give an insight into the Legislature at that time. For a transcript of the program and biographical information on the interviewees featured, visit the VFC’s Under the Golden Dome Web pages.
The Vermont Folklife Center is pleased to announce two workshops that take memoir-writing as their focus. First, on Friday, October 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Vermont Folklife Center, “Preserving Family Stories: Memoir-Writing Secrets of the Hale Street Gang:” How many family stories have been lost forever because nobody took the time to write them down? Find out how to make the process easy and fun in this informal talk with the members of the Hale Street writer’s group. Meet the writers, hear their stories, and learn how to start a similar group in your area in this one-hour discussion moderated by Vermont Folklife Center Educator Director Gregory Sharrow.
Then on Friday, October 29, from 10:30 to 12:00 at Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library, “The Ten-Minute Memoir: A Pain-Free Writing Workshop with Sara Tucker and the Hale Street Gang:” If you can write a thank-you letter, you can write your life story. Writer and editor Sara Tucker will show you how. “The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing” exhibit reflects the work of twelve senior member of the greater Randolph community who began writing their life stories in 2008. The group’s success is the basis for this workshop.
The Hale Street Gang memoir group began at the Randolph Senior Center in the fall of 2008. Most of the writers joined at the urging of children and grandchildren who wanted to learn more about their elders’ lives and preserve their stories for future generations. The group has since published five books, started a blog and a YouTube channel, and tripled its membership.
“The preserving of family stories is of crucial importance,” Tucker says. “It’s through stories that we create an identity, pass along wisdom from one generation to the next, and strengthen social and community ties.” Grab a notebook and pencil and join members of the Hale Street Gang at the Vermont Folklife Center and the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury for two mornings of fun and inspiration.