Fall Lyceum Series at the Whallonsburg Grange

The Whallonsburg Grange presents its 2019 Fall Lyceum Series entitled Hidden in Plain Sight. The series looks at well-known things from unusual angles and examines objects and ideas that have been hidden from plain view. 

Lectures are held on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm.  $5 donation, students free


September 24th: The Hidden History of WWII, 1931-53

Join UVM History professor and Whallonsburg Grange Hall board member Andy Buchanan to celebrate the publication of his new book, World War II in Global Perspective. Buchanan will speak on “Why a Global History of World War II is Important Today.” Copies of the book will be on sale.

SPEAKER: Andy Buchanan, University of Vermont history professor and author of World War II in Global Perspective, 1931-1953 (2019: Wiley).

October 1st: Behind the Wall: Uncovering the Lone Rock Point Mural

In the midst of the Great Depression, Burlington artist Raymond Pease was commissioned by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration to paint a mural of Lone Rock Point on Lake Champlain. Covered over when UVM’s Perkins Hall was remodeled in the 1990s, the painting was recently rediscovered. Local art conservator Emily Philips was called in to help preserve the mural. She will be talking about the race to save the painting and drawing some bigger conclusions about the importance of art conservation.

SPEAKER: Emily Phillips, art conservator and owner of Phillips Art Conservation Studio in Essex.

October 8th: Under Our Feet: The Secret World of Microbes 

Virtually every surface on Earth is covered by structured communities of cells called biofilms. They are ecosystems that, at the level of the microbial world, are as dense and diverse as a tropical rainforest. Paul Smith’s professor Scott Chimileski will discuss the importance of these hidden worlds and describe his work in creating new ways of imaging the processes and behaviors of these microbial structures.

SPEAKER: Scott Chimileski is a microbiologist, science photographer, author and public speaker. Before coming to Paul Smith’s, Scott worked with the Harvard Microbial Sciences InitiativeHarvardX, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Visit his website HERE.

October 15th:  Beneath the Surface: Salmon in the Boquet River

This presentation will discuss the ecology of landlocked Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain and the Boquet River and the restoration of the salmon population following the removal of the dam in Willsboro in 2015.

SPEAKER: Andrew Milliken, Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office based in Essex Junction, Vermont. Visit their website HERE.

October 22nd: Finding Grace: Science and Faith in a Time of Climate Change

Join local author Katharine Preston to celebrate the publication of her new book Field with a View: Science and Faith in a Time of Climate Change. Katharine’s sense of wonder—informed by both science and faith—enables her to find hidden grace in her timely passion for the Earth and all of its creatures. Copies of the book will be on sale at the lecture.

SPEAKER: Katharine Preston, author of the new book Field With a View: Science and Faith in a Time of Climate Change (Wild Goose: 2019). Katharine studied anthropology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University, learning from indigenous American cultures about the place of humans in the natural world. She went on to gain a Master’s in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Master’s of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She lives in Essex, New York.