March 26, 2019
Three Extraordinary Vermont Women
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we honor the achievements of three extraordinary women: Nellie Staves, Daisy Turner, and Gert Lepine—all of whom were interviewed extensively by Vermont Folklife Center founder (and pioneer in her own right) Jane C. Beck.
Nellie Garnet Dunbar Badger Staves was born in West Danville, Vermont, in 1917 and grew up on Walden Mountain. She was an avid outdoors woman and conservationist, as well as an artist known for the engraved images she created on tree fungus. Nellie passed away in 2009.
Born in Grafton, Vermont, in 1883, Daisy Turner was one of thirteen children of Sally and Alec Turner, both of whom had been enslaved in Virginia prior to the Civil War. Daisy was a master storyteller whose extensive repertoire included the epic arc of the Turner family—beginning with enslavement in Africa, life in the antebellum South, the Civil War, emancipation, and ultimately freedom on a hill-top farm in Grafton, Vermont.
Daisy passed away in 1988 at 104 years old.
Gert Lepine was born in Hamsud, Quebec, in 1927 and moved to Vermont with her family in the 1930s. After completing school Gert set out to be a teacher, but the call of farming was strong and she eventually left the profession to farm full time with her family.
Gert still lives on the family farm in Morristown, Vermont.
February 18, 2019
‘How did you meet?’ is probably one of the most common questions couples receive. In the spirit of Valentine’s day, we share these love stories recorded by VFC staff through interviews with friends, neighbors, and family.
So what do we mean by “Meet Cute”? Well, the term refers to the conditions under which two potential partners meet—trust us, it’s in Oxford English Dictionary. Your true love could be on the other side of the desk at a job interview, at the end of a scavenger hunt, or the last one out of the clown car. Yes, these are all true stories and you’ll hear them in this episode!
To learn more about the Vermont Folklife Center visit www.vtfolklife.org
January 25, 2019
Major J. Francis Angier tells the gripping story of being shot down over Germany during World War II, surviving as a prisoner of war, and saving two ships carrying hundreds of soldiers from certain doom.
In the early 2000s Greg Sharrow and audio producer Erica Heilman conducted a set of interviews under the auspices of the Vermont Folklife Center for the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. From those interviews, an audio documentary was produced called “Prisoners of War: A Story of Four American Soldiers,” which focused on a group of Vermonters who had been captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Over the course of our research, we interviewed several veterans who shared powerful stories with us about their POW experiences but were not included in the documentary. In this episode of VT Untapped, we’re proud to share one those stories through an interview with Maj. J. Francis Angier.
For more information visit the Vermont Folklife Center website.
December 21, 2018
Based on interviews with hunters conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center, Deer Stories doesn’t advocate for or condemn hunting but rather explores the experience from an insider’s point of view. This episode features excerpts from an original twelve part series produced by Greg Sharrow and Erica Heilman. Deer hunters introduce us to their world through stories that illustrate hunting practices and core values.
December 21, 2018
What's my drag?
That’s the question photographer Evie Lovett found herself asking after spending time with Kitty, Mama, Candi, and Sophia, all drag queens at the Rainbow Cattle Company, a gay bar in Dummerston, Vermont.
November 28, 2018
Welcome to VT Untapped, a podcast from the Vermont Folklife Center that explores the cultures of Vermont through the voices of its own residents.
Check out our preview and look for the first full episodes in early December!