“Freedom & Unity: the Vermont Story” to be shown in South Londonderry

Early homesteaders come to Vermont. Photo provided.


S. LONDONDERRY, Vt. – The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society, Friends of the West River Trail, and the Weston Historical Society are joining together to present the entirety of “Freedom & Unity: the Vermont Story” an award-winning, unique, six-chapter documentary that illustrates how history, culture, and politics have shaped the destiny of the Green Mountain State from its discovery by Samuel Champlain to the present day. Each chapter is approximately 90 minutes long.

All screenings will take place at the South Londonderry Depot on Route 100 at 7 p.m. The first two chapters will be shown Thursday, Nov. 15 and 29. The balance will be presented in 2019. There is no cost to attend; voluntary contributions to support the sponsoring entities are appreciated.

The six-part film, a collaboration of three dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers and historians, is led by award-winning Nora Jacobson. Their sponsors include the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Humanities Council.

From 1777 to the present, Vermont has been a beacon, a haven, a refuge, an idea, a symbol, a state shaped by independent and courageous decision-makers, thinkers, political leaders, workers, artists, immigrants, and innovators. It was the first state to outlaw slavery, to allow same-sex civil unions, to call for the impeachment of President Nixon, and to protect the environment with Act 250. It is a state in which conservatives and liberals are not only neighbors, they frequently depend on each other for survival. And yet, as we see in town meetings and legislative debates, the pursuit of freedom has, on occasion, threatened the state’s fragile unity.

Please join us to learn more about the traditions that continue to shape our future today.

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