At the Bennington Museum: The 60s – from Those Who Lived It
Bennington Museum will present ‘Three Vermont Authors on the Counterculture Legacy’ on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. Presenters Yvonne Daley, Tom Fels and Verandah Porche will share stories and passages from their books on the communal experience of the 60s, along with its social dynamics and challenges, and engage in discussion with audience members. Hear firsthand how young migrants from the city and suburbs moved to the backwoods of Vermont, where their lifestyles, politics and sexuality literally shaping the Vermont we know today. Selected books by each will be available for purchase in the Museum Store before, during and after the event. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Ada Paresky Education Center of the Museum.
Daley is the author of six nonfiction books; she is the founder of the Green Mountain Writers Conference and Verdant Books, a small, cooperative publishing companyA Professor Emerita from San Francisco State University, she is a longtime journalist for the Rutland Herald, Boston Globe, Time, Life, People and other publications. Her atest book, ‘Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont,’ tells the stories of more than 100 members of the counterculture and explores their impact on the state, and Vermont’s impact upon them, over the past 50 years.
Fels, is a curator, writer and artist who has spent many years in the Bennington area. His books, articles, and exhibitions have earned him wide recognition. His work has appeared at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. For the past 15 years he has focused his research and writing on contemporary history and the era of the 1960s, based especially on his four years on a back-to-the-land communal farm beginning in 1969; his books on the subject are ‘Farm Friends,’ ‘Buying the Farm,’ and most recently, ‘A Tree with Roots.’
Verandah Porche, a poet who has written about the Packer’s Corners commune, is a contributor to ‘Home Comfort: Stories and Scenes of Life on Total Loss Farm.’ She is a poet-in-residence, performer and writing partner. Her books include ‘Sudden Eden,’ The Body’s Symmetry’ and ‘Glancing Off.’ She developed a practice of shared narrative to create personal literature with people who need a writing partner, and has run collaborative residencies in hospitals, factories, nursing homes, senior centers, a 200 year-old Vermont tavern and an urban working class neighborhood. Her current project is ‘Voices of Great River Terrace,’ about the community of recently homeless people making their homes in the former Lamplighter Motel.
The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street/Route 9 in Bennington. Call them at
802-447-1571 or visit the website at benningtonmuseum.org to obtain further information.