Screening “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie”

Vermont marble on the move. Photo provided.

S. LONDONDERRY, Vt. – The Weston Historical Society, Londonderry Arts and Historical Society, and the Friends of the West River Trail are combining resources to present the six chapters of “The Vermont Movie,” the first-ever documentary series about Vermont. The film is thematic, not chronological, and explores issues in the state’s history that recur and circle back, from 1777 to the present.

The first chapter was shown Nov. 15, 2018. Plans are to show Chapters 2-4 on the third Thursday of January, February, and March. Chapter 2 has been rescheduled from Nov. 29 due to weather and power outage. The final two chapters will be shown in the fall.

  • Jan. 17, “Under the Surface.” Quarrying and labor unions. George Aiken and Ralph Flanders.
  • Feb. 21, “Refuge, Reinvention and Revolution.” The mid-1960s were times of turbulent change for Vermont, with Phillip Hoff and hippies contrasted with the arrival of IBM and the Interstate Highway System.
  • March 21, “Doers and Shapers.” People and institutions that pushed boundaries, from out-of-the box educators to Act 250.

All showings are at 7 p.m. at the South Londonderry Depot on Route 100. Length of each chapter is approximately 90 minutes. There is no cost to attend, though donations are appreciated.

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