Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Writer Julia Purdy to talk on eugenics movement in Vermont

Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. — BRIDGEWATER — Julia Purdy of Rutland Town will talk about the eugenics movement in Vermont on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Historical Society, 12 North Bridgewater Road.

Eugenics was a movement in the early 1900s whereby well-meaning reformers tried to “cleanse” the Vermont gene pool by a sterilization program aimed at the hill farmers, the indigent and the “feebleminded.” It’s not a pretty story, but one worthwhile revisiting. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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