The Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau brings humanities lectures and presentations to communities across the state. Every year our speakers make more than one hundred appearances at local libraries, historical societies, senior centers, and other places in the community.
The Speakers Bureau offers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host quality lectures and living history presentations in Vermont communities.
The bureau offers nearly ninety programs. We offer two types of programs: History Alive! presentations and lectures. All programs afford opportunity for discussion.
Lectures present scholarship on diverse humanities topics. History Alive! programs bring historical characters to life through well-researched and well-acted portrayals.
Whether you want to learn about contemporary public issues, meet Mother Jones or John Quincy Adams, hear new perspectives on art and architecture, or explore the history of roads and settlement in Vermont, the Speakers Bureau lets you bring an informative and thought-provoking program to your community.
Women’s History Focus
One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. They ran powerful machinery, learned new skills, and faced the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. In this illustrated lecture titled: Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War, historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work, and explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War.