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We are pleased to announce that we have recieved a three-year Vermont Humanities Council ‘Partnership Grant’ to work with Brooks Memorial Library and Meg Mott, PhD to help convene a town-wide initiative to stimulate public dialogue leading up to the statewide and national ‘America 250’ semiquincentennial anniversary of the founding of the United States in 2026.

The Vermont Humanities Council partnership grant of $7,500 annually over three years will help support ‘‘Examining America’s Identity and Leadership in a Changing World,” a series of lectures and town hall gatherings that aim to provide opportunities to pause and learn from our nation’s past, examine the long-term impacts of domestic and international policy choices, and build understanding across divides leading up to 2026.

The series focuses on the founding ideals in the Declaration of Independence – equality, safety, and happiness – and how those ideals can guide us in strengthening our democracy at a time when the appetite for authoritarianism is on the rise.

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