Marlboro College

News Black History Month Lecture Looks at Black Farming Community in Vermont, Feb. 7

MARLBORO, VT - (January 27, 2011) - As part of its programming for Black History Month, Marlboro College will present a free, public lecture by Elise A. Guyette, author of Discovering Black Vermont: African-American Farmers in Hinesburgh, Vermont 1790-1890 on Monday, February 7 at 7:00pm in Ragle Hall.

Guyette will discuss the research and writing of Discovering Black Vermont (University of Vermont Press, 2010), which began with inquiries into a destroyed black cemetery on a rural hill in Hinesburg, Vermont. Through town records, court documents, newspapers and photographs, she reconstructed the story of three generations of free blacks trying to build a life and community. The Vermont Historical Society gave the book their 2010 Award of Excellence.

James Brewer Stewart, professor emeritus of history at Macalester College called Discovering Black Vermont, "A gem of a book. Guyette brings this long-overlooked history to life in a manner that is as highly instructive to scholars of race relations and African-American History as it is revealing to general readers."

Elise Guyette is a former public school teacher and president of the Vermont Alliance for Social Studies (VASS). She is presently a doctoral candidate and adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont. Guyette also works as a consultant on ethnohistory, social sciences and curriculum development for schools, theaters, television and museums.

Copies of Discovering Black Vermont will be available for sale at the lecture. For images or more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.




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