Video: “Spirits of Rokeby” talk with Charlotte Library

by Lindsay Varner, Rokeby Museum Director

I was very happy to work with the Charlotte Library on October 19, 2021, to present a talk on the Spirits of Rokeby. This talk was created through the research I completed for the museum’s Halloween weekend event “Spirits of Rokeby,” in which we recreated several séances found among the papers in our collection.

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Video: John Brown’s Vermont with Amy Godine

October 16, 2021: On this anniversary of the radical abolitionist John Brown’s nation-shaking raid on a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, independent historian Amy Godine talked to us about John Brown’s reverberative meaning in and for Vermont — both in his own time, and in antiquarian and modern memory.

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Video: Demystifying the Creative Process with Courtney Clinton (ICYMI)

Before the final illustration, an artist makes dozens of sketchbook studies. In these studies they gather reference material and work out a creative image design.

On September 12th, 2021, Rokeby Museum’s 2020 artist-in-residence, Courtney Clinton, joined us to share more about how illustrators like Rachael Robinson Elmer (1878–1919) built and developed their creative ideas through the sketchbook process.

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Rokeby Museum & Vermont History: A Conversation w/ Lindsay Varner on ‘Across The Fence’

Rokeby Museum director, Lindsay Varner, appeared on Across the Fence in August. You can watch the video by clicking below. 

Across the Fence is the longest-running locally-produced program in the U.S. and has been on-air on WCAX-TV since 1955! Across the Fence is produced by University of Vermont Extension.

Book Review: “Slavery in the North” by Mark Howard Ross

Slavery in the North

by Joan Gorman, Rokeby Museum Visitor Services Coordinator

Northerners have a tendency to think that where slavery existed at all it was on a smaller scale and the enslaved were treated better than the enslaved in the South.

The dust jacket of Slavery in the North: Forgetting History and Recovering Memory, by Marc Howard Ross, might give one the impression that the book is less than the scholarly, meticulously researched, book that it is. It is a serious discussion of the collective forgetting of history and the collective rekindling of the memories of the actions of our ancestors. Slavery in the North is tightly structured; Ross lays out his theses, uses examples to illustrate them, and sums them up at the end of each chapter to keep his arguments on track and to cogently develop and present his conclusions. 

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