Video: Blyden B. Jackson Jr.’s posthumously released novel, “For One Day of Freedom”

On September 29, 2022, Rokeby Museum and Treleven Farm hosted a discussion about the book led by contributors to Jackson’s final publication and the book’s publisher.

For One Day of Freedom, Blyden Jackson’s third and final novel, published posthumously, is an epic tale of a young man’s attempt to escape slavery. Blyden was a civil rights activist in the 1960s who made his home in Vermont from 1981 to 2002.

Video: Weaving, Interrupted: Handweaving Technique Before the American Revival

On May 26th, 2022, as part of Sheep and Wool Day, Justin Squizzero, founder of The Burroughs Garret and educator at Marshfield School of Weaving, gave a lesson on the techniques and history of handweaving before the Arts & Crafts revivals of the… Read More

Video: The Robinsons of Rokeby & Kauffman’s Station: A Story of Two Underground Railroad Sites

On February 17th, 2022, as part of Rokeby Museum’s Black History Month Lecture Series, Tucker Foltz (Rokeby Museum Education Programs Manager) and Matthew March (Education Curator at Cumberland County Historical Society in Pennsylvania) led a discussion on two very different sites that operated as part of… Read More

Video: 100 years of the Holmes Farm, 1822–1923: A Quaker Presence in the Champlain Valley — A Virtual Talk with David R. Holmes

On December 7th, 2021, David Holmes shared stories from his recently published book “On Being a Vermonter and the Rise and Fall of the Holmes Farm, 1822–1923.” From his family’s 17th century Quaker roots, their settlement in Monkton,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Tales of Oppression, Abolition, and Reform in the Hopper & Gibbons Families

On June 23rd, 2021, Angela Schear presented a talk on her abolitionist ancestors, Isaac T. Hopper and Abby Gibbons. Hopper authored a column in the “The National Anti-Slavery Standard“ entitled “Tales of Oppression,” and was a well-known abolitionist… Read More

Rokeby Celebrates Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month and Ruth Farmer, shared a few “Rokeby poems” in this short video. She notes in her presentation, the Robinsons are “exemplars of artists paying attention” and “for me encountering the visuals and the words… Read More

Reading Rowland Evans Robinson

On March 16, 2021, Rokeby Trustee, Dean Leary, presented on the life and works of Vermont author Rowland Evans Robinson.  At one point Ferrisburgh resident Rowland Evans Robinson (1833–1900) was one of Vermont’s most beloved writers. Leary, a… Read More

Righting the Erasure of Black History and Creating an Inclusive American Story

On February 2, 2021, Rokeby Museum hosted a virtual Black History Month Lecture that explored current efforts to recognize and right missing historical narratives in history. Three panelists joined the conversation to discuss their research and community work… Read More

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