Before Your Time
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Exploring Vermont's history, one object at a time.
||CleanAnything for speed||People have raced cars in the Green Mountains since 1903. There were racetracks in every corner of the state: at fairgrounds, in farmers’ back fields, and finally at dozens of dedicated racetracks. Thousands of Vermonters have been drivers, mechanics,||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing home from the Great War||More than 600 Vermonters died overseas fighting in World War I. But thousands more brought their unique experiences of battle back to their home state.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTales behind the tombstones||Many of Vermont’s cemeteries date back multiple centuries. They’re filled with worn-down stones that may only offer glimpses of the personal histories of the dead. But these cemeteries still hold lessons for the people who visit and research them to||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMobility for the masses||Many Vermonters felt a sense of liberation during the nation’s first “bike boom” in the 1890s. Bikes became cheaper and easier to ride, eventually revolutionizing personal transportation and recreation. Vermont's early bike clubs were the provi||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalk about the weather||Vermonters love weather. They love bragging about it, complaining about it, hiding inside from it, and playing outside in it. It’s a topic of conversation across the state. One expert believes that's due to Vermont's constantly changing conditions. "||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore than books||Vermont's 183 public libraries are icons of the state's history. But they're also centers of civic engagement for modern cities and towns. When most of these institutions were first built, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they had a simpler||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnitters, weavers and “women’s work”||Vermont today has no shortage of knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, silvers, sewers and felters. Some are avid hobbyists, and some make a living from their craft. But all are part of a long history of fiber arts in Vermont. Household production across N||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Land of Gin and Whiskey||Visitors who come to Vermont seeking artisanal alcohol may not realize that it used to be one of the driest states in the nation: Prohibition lasted longer here than almost any other part of the country. But some experts say that dry spell may have||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Communes to Commerce||The 1970s are often remembered in Vermont as the decade that thousands of new transplants made the state their home. While the country grappled with scandals like Vietnam and Watergate, back-to-the-land communes offered settlers an alternative path. Th||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelling Vermont||Decades before the advent of skiing, Vermont was a destination for outdoor recreation during warmer months. The ski resort industry filled the gap: it made Vermont a four-season state for travelers. On this podcast, we’ll hear about how it defined a||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Green Mountain Mixtape||In the late 1920s, a state panel called the Vermont Commission on Country Life asked Helen Hartness Flanders, a well-connected socialite from Springfield, to document Vermont's traditional music. Like an Alan Lomax for the Green Mountains, Flanders trav||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVermont's Great Flood||A rugbeater is a simple tool, made of wood and thick wire, that Vermonters once used to beat dust out of rugs hung on clotheslines. One rugbeater in the Vermont Historical Society's collection was used to clean up after a historic mess. Ninety ye||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|