Talk to focus on the first Vermonters

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Learn about Vermont’s original inhabitants at a program on “The Western Abenaki: History and Culture,” Saturday, May 18, at noon at the Rockingham Free Public Library.

Presenter Jeanne Brink will discuss who the native people of the state were and how they lived. She will explore the importance in Abenaki society of elders and children, the environment, and the continuance of lifeways and traditions, drawing in part upon her own Abenaki family history. Brink, who holds a master’s degree in Native American studies, works as a consultant to schools and organizations. She is also a traditional basket maker and co-author of a Western Abenaki language guide.

This free program is made possible through a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council and is co-sponsored by the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission and the library. The library is at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, and is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the library at 802-463-4270,, or

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