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Hidden History of Vermont

By Mark Bushnell

The History Press
Released: 2017-11-13
Paperback (176 pages)

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Vermont's history is marked by fierce independence, generosity of spirit and the saga of human life along its steep slopes and fertile valleys. Meet the widow who outwitted Tories and may have spied for the Green Mountain Boys. Encounter the family who gained a national following by summoning spirits. Discover why one governor opposed women's suffrage and how that may have involved spirits of another sort. Visit an island retreat where Harpo Marx cheated at croquet and satirist Dorothy Parker wore nothing but a garden hat. Historian Mark Bushnell offers a glimpse of the Green Mountain State rarely seen.

The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History, Second Edition

By Christopher McGrory Klyza

University Press of New England
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The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History, Second Edition
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In this second edition of their classic text, Klyza and Trombulak use the lens of interconnectedness to examine the geological, ecological, and cultural forces that came together to produce contemporary Vermont. They assess the changing landscape and its inhabitants from its pre-human evolution up to the present, with special focus on forests, open terrestrial habitats, and the aquatic environment. This edition features a new chapter covering from 1995 to 2013 and a thoroughly revised chapter on the futures of Vermont, which include discussions of Tropical Storm Irene, climate change, eco-regional planning, and the resurgence of interest in local food and energy production. Integrating key themes of ecological change into a historical narrative, this book imparts specific information about Vermont, speculates on its future, and fosters an appreciation of the complex synergy of forces that shaped this region. This volume will interest scholars, students, and Vermonters intrigued by the state’s long-term natural and human history.

Vermont . . . Who Knew?: Quirky Characters, Unsung Heroes, Wholesome, Offbeat Stuff

By Robert F Wilson

Wilson McLeran, Inc.
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Vermont . . . Who Knew?: Quirky Characters, Unsung Heroes, Wholesome, Offbeat Stuff
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Vermont. . . Who Knew? is a nonfiction travel book, including both serious and humorous content. It comprises nine chapters--one with a state-wide focus and eight regional chapters. The result: 125 or so profiles, essays, and anecdotes encompassing the most unique people, places, and events--both past and present--the Green Mountain State has to offer. The product is a perfect-bound, 6.14" x 9.21", 256-page book ( 65, 000 words), in color and including 75 photos and nine full-page chapter-opener maps. The Foreword was written by U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Wilson McLeran, Inc. is the publisher.

One unique feature: Roughly 70 percent of the entries are followed by references to one or more short YouTube videos, providing additional--and often dramatic--sight-and-sound coverage based on the topics immediately preceding. No URLs are necessary. Videos are accessed with a single click after the three- or four-word citation title is entered into the YouTube search box. Pairing the book's words with a PC or mobile device, then, transforms Vermont. . . Who Knew? from merely a good read to an unforgettable multimedia experience!

Another feature: For families with time constraints of one kind or another, a single back-of-the-book appendix serves as a two-dimensional global positioning system. Locations for many of the book's entries are on four well-traveled Vermont roads (two east-west and two north-south)--all within ten miles of any one of the highways. Based on preferences, this offers an opportunity to easily organize one- or two-day itineraries.

Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont, 2nd Edition

By Elizabeth H. Thompson & Robert J. Zaino

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Paperback (550 pages)

Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont, 2nd Edition
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Co-published by The Vermont Fish & Widlife Department, The Nature Conservancy, and Vermont Land Trust--a revised and updated 2nd edition

This book is a must-have for anyone wanting to understand Vermont’s forests, wetlands, mountaintops, and shores. Richly illustrated with beautiful line drawings and stunning color photographs, this accessible field guide will delight outdoor explorers and armchair naturalists alike. The book starts with an introduction to the natural community concept and the factors influencing our natural systems, from wind and water to soil and rocks. Then, the book offers a lucid and enjoyable journey into Vermont’s geologic past, with stories of colliding continents, sea floor sediments, and mysterious whale bones. This follows with a journey through all of Vermont’s nine distinct biophysical regions, from the cold and wild Northeastern Highlands to the warm and dry Taconic Mountains.

The bulk of the book describes Vermont's natural communities―its northern hardwood forests, dry oak woodlands, alpine tundra, cedar swamps, bogs, and marshes―in comprehensive detail. Ecological settings, including geology, soils, climate, and natural disturbance processes, are described for each community, along with complete lists of characteristic plants and animals, as well as places to visit. Wetland, Woodland, Wildland is the definitive guide to Vermont’s natural communities, and is packed with information unavailable elsewhere. It offers practical information for naturalists, teachers, students, landowners, land managers, foresters, conservation planners, and all those with a love of nature who want to learn more about their surroundings.

The first edition of this book, published in 2000, has become a mainstay for naturalists and students throughout Vermont and surrounding states and provinces. This second edition is completely updated to incorporate new research and a growing knowledge about natural communities, as well as a deeper understanding of climate change and its implications for conservation into the future.

This newly updated book will be a prized addition to your natural history library, but it won’t remain on the shelf. You will want to take it with you every time you explore the outdoors. Each paragraph will bring new insights and will deepen your understanding and appreciation of wild nature around you. You will surely want to share this book with friends.

The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont's Past

By Richard W. Brown

David R Godine
Hardcover (136 pages)

The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont s Past
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In 1968 the photographer Richard Brown fulfilled a romantic childhood dream when he moved to the Northeast Kingdom, a remote corner of Vermont just barely entering the twentieth century. There he encountered a way of life that was fast disappearing, a land of sheep, cattle, work horses, wood-burning stoves, and small family-run farms far removed from the industrial Northeast. Determined to record it before it disappeared, he saw a pastoral vision where, for the briefest interval, a window opened and the spirit of Vermont s past granite hills cleared and formed, hard lives lived and lost, struggle and endurance, a harsh land made starkly beautiful by nature and man was made palpable. He saw the land and also a people whose endless hours of backbreaking, monotonous work were spent with a quiet ferocity and who believed their age-old labors were a struggle waged against time itself labors that might just hold modernity at bay. And Brown did record it, with an 8 x 10 large plate view camera that would have been at home in the hands of Mathew Brady. Not only the hauntingly beautiful landscape but also the people who stayed and worked the stubborn hills and did so with great but fierce attachment.
This is, in every way, an extraordinary book, and it is no light claim to say it will stand, along with Agee s and Evans record of the dirt farmers of Alabama, and George Tice s record of the Amish of Pennsylvania, as one of the great odes to an America that has passed before our eyes almost without comment or notice. It is a valiant, indeed a brilliant, effort to make the past tangible, to bring it back to life. These images, and the brief but trenchant text that accompanies them, will stay with you for life. It is among the most beautiful and moving books this company has ever attempted.

What's Great about Vermont? (Our Great States)

By Darice Bailer

LernerClassroom
Released: 2015-08-01
Paperback (32 pages)

What s Great about Vermont? (Our Great States)
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What's so great about Vermont? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Green Mountain State! We'll explore Vermont's rustic countryside, popular parks, exciting zoos, and interesting history. The Vermont by Map feature shows where you'll find all the places covered in the book. A special section provides quick state facts such as the state motto, capital, population, animals, foods, and more. Take a fun-filled tour of all there is to discover in Vermont.

Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City (Images from the Past)

By Vincent Feeney

Images From The Past
Paperback (272 pages)

Burlington: A History of Vermont s Queen City (Images from the Past)
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The first history of the Green Mountain State's largest city, home of the state university, and commercial and retail center for a majority of Vermonters, and enjoyed by the Quebecois who live just across the Canadian border. It is a story that outlines the development of a small village nestled between a river and a lake that became one of New England's urban jewels: the economic 'engines' that nurtured the community; the various ethnic groups that settled in Burlington; and the political shifts that announced cultural changes. Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City provides the stories of the people, places, and events that resulted in the buildings, streets and neighborhoods of today. With 28 photographs, an 1898 city map, and extensive index.

Northern Vermont in the War of 1812 (Military)

By Jason Barney

The History Press
Released: 2019-08-19
Paperback (176 pages)

Northern Vermont in the War of 1812 (Military)
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Vermont played a critical role in the War of 1812. Burlington was a significant military base and harbor for American vessels, but history isn't just about the larger hubs of activity. From Swanton to Isle La Motte, many smaller communities in northern Vermont played a key role in the war. Local militia--composed of farmers, blacksmiths and merchants--came from all over the northern border communities of the state to contribute to the war effort. When towns got the statewide order to muster, timing depended on the occupations of those called to duty, the distance they needed to march or sail, the unpredictable weather conditions and the condition of the roads. Local historian Jason Barney uncovers the unique stories of border smuggling, daring raids and everyday struggle.

Wicked Vermont

By Thea Lewis

The History Press
Released: 2018-05-21
Paperback (160 pages)

Wicked Vermont
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Vermont is a picturesque landscape, but the idyllic setting hides a sometimes dark and desperate past. H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer, may have been the University of Vermont's deadliest student. A Burlington resident made an empire partly by carrying contraband goods to and from Canada. The first United States president subject to a birther movement wasn't 44, but a much lower number. A Burlington schoolboy ran away with the circus and became an international sensation under the big top. Author Thea Lewis takes a revealing ride through the unique and colorful history of the Green Mountain State.

Insurrection, Corruption & Murder in Early Vermont:: Life on the Wild Northern Frontier

By Gary G. Shattuck

The History Press
Released: 2014-07-29
Paperback (400 pages)

Insurrection, Corruption & Murder in Early Vermont:: Life on the Wild Northern Frontier
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During America's Early Republic, the pastoral villages and forests of Vermont were anything but peaceful. Conflict raged along the Canadian border, as international tensions prompted Thomas Jefferson to ban American exports to France and Great Britain. Some Vermonters turned to smuggling. Federal seizure of a boat called the Black Snake" went deadly wrong--three men were killed that day, and another died later in the state's first hanging execution. The outbreak of the War of 1812 brought thousands of troops, along with drunkenness, disease and a general disregard of civil rights, including the imposition of extra-legal military trials. Using his extensive knowledge of the law, author Gary Shattuck sheds new light on this riotous era."


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