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“Vermonters Away From Home”

John PetersonThe Civil War gave many Vermont farm boys a chance to leave the Green Mountain State that they may not have had otherwise. In addition after a brief population explosion in the state during its first decades, a steady trickle of Vermonters were looking for opportunity elsewhere. But something they both had in common is that they stayed in touch with their friends and family they left behind. This presentation will look at the experience of these Vermonters who left and how they shared them, mostly through letters to home.

John Peterson grew up in Rhode Island. For five years after graduating from Brown University, he worked as a costumed living history interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, portraying life in 1830s New England. Since then he has taught history for nearly thirty years at Rutland High School. He and his wife call Brandon, Vermont home where they raised their three sons. Both he and his wife are active portraying characters from different periods in history.

Production Date: 
Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 18:00

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