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“the stories that Jane and Susanne have told and saved are not just stories about the people and the land but rather a story about how those two elements interacted: How the people shaped the land and how the land shaped the people.” The event concluded at the Hildene Award trailhead located near the front of the Lincolns’ home and follows one of the most scenic ridges on the 412 acre estate.After recognizing the hard work of trustees and staff, Hildene Executive Director, Seth Bongartz unveiled trail cairn markers for Beck and Rappaport, adding to those honored in years past.In the keynote address, longtime editor of Vermont Life, author and VPR commentator, Tom Slayton, praised the combined work of Jane Beck and Susanne Rappaport noting that they did, “important work that will help keep Vermont vital and distinctive.” He pointed out that, “What makes Vermont vital and distinctive …
2015 Hildene Award honorees, Jane Beck and Susanne Rappaport, collectively devoted nearly 100 years of their lives to preserving the stories, traditions and legacies of Vermonters.
Bongartz will explore that incongruity and focus on how Lincoln’s thinking about both slavery and the place of blacks in American society changed over the course of his lifetime, with important events such as the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, getting to know and respect Frederick Douglas and the valor of black troops in the Civil War, serving as catalysts.
Bongartz will suggest a progression through which Lincoln eventually began to line up his disdain for slavery with the reality of blacks being fully entitled to the same rights and privileges afforded whites.
Beyond the two-hour basics class there will be a jar-cooling waiting period for any who wish to stay for a “do-it-yourself” guided round two.
All participants will go home with a jar of tomato sauce. To register call Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or email [email protected]