Folklife director to give farm traditions talk on Jan. 18

NEW HAVEN — Gregory Sharrow, co-director of Middlebury’s Vermont Folklife Center, will explore farm culture of the past, and how it relates to today’s Vermont, in New Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the New Haven Town Offices on North Street. The lecture is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
The character of a place is shaped by its cultural heritage and its folklife — the informal traditions of family and community. The cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters. These distinctive traditions have persisted, despite a decline in the number of farms over the years.
Mr. Sharrow holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a former Vermont classroom teacher. For over twenty years he has conducted ethnographic field research projects on the culture of dairy farming, historic immigrant communities, traditional artists and their work, and Abenaki life in the present. He has presented this research in print and exhibition, video and radio.
This event is free and open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. This Vermont Humanities Council event is hosted by the Friends of the New Haven Library. For more information contact Susan Smiley at 802-388-6601 or Norma Norland at 802-545-2637.

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