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This Week in Brattleboro History – Wearing Toilets?

It was one 120 years ago this week that a fancy dinner party at the Brooks House was attended by 125 of the most prominent citizens in Brattleboro, and a local paper reported to each attendee wore extremely rich and handsome toilets.

Eh, toilets?

BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his history students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School answer this riddle with a story of history and etymology, on this week’s edition of This Week in Brattleboro History.

Video – Brooks Memorial Library 1st Wednesday Series, from December 2015: The Buildings of Vermont

Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres examines the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of Vermont’s built landscape, in this talk that looks beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape.

Glenn Andres has taught, primarily in the areas of architectural and urban history, at Middlebury since 1970. His research spans from the Italian Renaissance through 19th century America to postmodernism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a PhD in architectural history from Princeton University. His doctoral dissertation on the Villa Medici in Rome was pursued while a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Recorded at Brooks Memorial Library on December 2, 2015 as part of the Vermont Humanities Council sponsored First Wednesdays statewide lecture series.