On March 11, 2020

Deborah Luskin to speak on Vermont road history

Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.—MENDON—The Mendon Historical Society will present a Vermont Humanities program at the Mendon Town Office with Deborah Lee Luskin speaking on “Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont.”

The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state’s settlement, development, culture, and politics. But Vermonters were not always eager to have good roads.  Opposition began in 1753, when the Abenaki joined forces with the French to protest the building of a British military road along an Abenaki established trail. Resistance to new roads has continued ever since, from the Green Mountain Parkway to the building of the interstates.  Deborah Lee Luskin asks, given this opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weathers, in all corners of the state?

All members of the public are invited to attend. The Mendon Town Office is located at 34 U.S. Route 4 in Mendon. The talk is free and is accessible to those with disabilities.  For more information, please call 802-773-8172.

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