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“The Rise (and Fall) of ISIS”



“The Rise (and Fall) of ISIS”

MAY 15TH AT 7:00 PM



Mr. Chaudhri will discuss the origin and motivations of ISIS and the possible outcome of its efforts to become a dominant force in Islam.

ISIS, also called the Islamic State, has taken control of large portions of Iraq and Syria over the last year. They are imposing an extreme version of Islam, with brutal repression of minorities, torture and beheadings of Americans and other captives, and widespread terrorist activities.

Mr. Javed Chaudhri was born in Pakistan, attended Marlboro College and has taught at Vermont Community College, Johnson State College and Keene State College. He is afounding member of the Brattleboro Interfaith Initiative, has been a lay member of the Interfaith clergies in Brattleboro, VT and Greenfield, MA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Windham WorldAffairs Council. He has lectured widely on current affairs, religions and politics.

Refreshments to Follow

For more info contact David Roberts via e-mail or phone 348-4356.

Vermont PBS would like to hear from YOU.

This letter was shared with Community Council members of Vermont PBS, and has now been made open to the community by Bill Holiday of the Brattleboro Historical Society (and a member of the Community Council of VT-PBS). All questions about this notice may be direct to Bill at Vermont PBS would like to hear about issues and events of concern in our corner of the state.

Dear Council Members:

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend a little time with our newest Community Council colleague, Barbara Morrow, up in Newport.  We had a lunch with several folks from the community seeing how we (Vermont PBS) can solidify our presence in Orleans County.  We spoke about our early childhood and Ready to Learn Materials, PBS LearningMedia, our educational contests, and our kids library screenings and adult programming in the community, including the upcoming Ken Burn’s filmCancer: Emperor of all Maladies.

One of the interesting things to come out of our conversation is a unique issue in Newport revolving around the prison facility, Vermont’s largest prison in the state.  There are many people incarcerated (mostly drug charges) that have already served their sentences, but have not been released due to the lack of space in Halfway or Dry Houses.  At $50,000 to $75,000 to house an inmate, budgetary constraints will lead to large numbers of prisoners being released into to the Newport community, affecting housing, services and schools to name a few.

Can you let me know if there are any specific and unique issues facing your own communities?  Or what are a couple of the most pressing problems and/or best successes happening in your neck of the woods.

Additionally, I would love to have the opportunity to spend a little time with each one of you and people actively involved in your communities.  Let me know if you’d be willing to set something up with me.



March 11 Screening of “American Denial,” at the Brattleboro Historical Society’s History Center

Vermont Public Television and the Brattleboro Historical Society will present a screening of the VT-PBS film American Denial at the Brattleboro Historical Society’s History Center (next to the Baptist Church Homeless Shelter) on

Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.
11 March 2015
6:00 PM

The program will include parts of the film and a panel of local activists to respond and discuss the film with the audience.

Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth in Birmingham, Alabama (photo by Bill Holiday)

Panelists include:

Kelly Thomson (the film’s Producer – tentatively scheduled)

Dottie R. Morris – Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism at Keene State College

Guy Wood – member of United to End Racism and the NAACP

Mikaela Simms – Diversity Coordinator at Brattleboro Union HS

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This Day in Brattleboro History, courtesy of Chris Grotke:


The ladies of the Brattleboro East Society, will hold a Fair at Wantastiquet Hall, on the third day of March next, when will be offered for sale a variety of both fancy and useful articles. There will be a Post Office connected, where all persons desirous, can be accommodated with letters from their friends in any part of the United States. The celebrated Bishop Glee Club, will entertain the company with some of the choicest music. Refreshments of all kinds will be provided, among which will be a loaf of cake containing a Gold Ring. Admittance 12 1/2 cents.


Larkin G. Mead, Jr., having secured the services of Signor Gagliardi of Rome, Italy, has commenced work upon the statue of Ethan Allen which has been ordered by the State of Vermont for the capitol at Montpelier.


The Festival of the Universalist Society, on Thursday evening of last week, was largely attended and unexpectedly successful. Thirty-one conundrums were presented and read, and Mr. Anonymous took the prize, which was donated in advance by that ubiquitous gentleman to the Society’s Treasurer.


We understand that the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company are making arrangements for a new brick station-house in this village, to succeed the remains of the late frail, unsafe, and uncomfortable structure erected in the snow in 1849. The old building has been partially burned at two different times, to the manifest danger of other property.


The Eighth Regiment was mustered into service. At Ship Island the Eighth Regiment was assigned to the command of General John W. Phelps, who had begun to “organize and drill negroes,” for which he was reprimanded by General Butler.


The lecture of Prof. Snell at the Town Hall on Thursday evening, Feb. 10th, was well-attended, listened to with attention, and proved to be instructive and of practical utility. His subject was “The Telegraph.”


Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “The Grumbling Laborers.”


The Brattleboro banks have done a very wise and timely thing in putting on a special night watchman to look after their interests. O.N. Stoughton has been assigned to that duty.


The ladies of the Unitarian society will give a “Pound Party” at the town hall on Friday evening next week. Every interested person will carry a package warranted to weigh one pound, and at a suitable hour these packages will be sold at auction without being opened.


How strange that Waite should have run away when, according to his own showing, the bank was owning him something like a quarter of a million dollars!


S.M. Waite seems to forget that figures enough to fill a whole newspaper could not wipe out the fact that the whole capital of the First National bank was dissipated under his management, that he raised not less that $65,000 on forged paper and fraudulent stock, and that he left less than $40,000 of available assets to pay $100,000 of liabilities to depositors and other creditors.


The warrant for the town meeting was posted yesterday. Besides the regular routine business of electing officers, raising money, etc. there is the following special article: “To see of the town will authorize the selectmen to sell and convey the town farm, and invest the proceeds of such sale in another farm for the benefit of said town.”


Samuel Simkoveze, the well known Jew peddler, is about to open a clothing store in the basement of Vinton’s block.


Crosby & Co. have the plans practically completed for there new three-story building to be erected on the old foundry site. Work will begin as soon as the spring opens.


The millenium may still be some way off, but it certainly speaks well for Brattleboro – a town now of some 7,000 population – that its police records show only three arrests for drunkenness during the past year.


There is a probability that a book-bindery will be opened here about the first of April.


The toboggan chute comes to a prosaic and practical end in its sale, for something less than $100, to Crosby & Co., who will use the lumber in their new building to be erected on the old foundry site.


The first mushrooms grown in Brattleboro commercially come from Allen’s greenhouses.


Sousa, “The March King,” and his celebrated band will give an afternoon performance at the Auditorium March 11.

Chris Grotke’s daily visitation to the annals of Brattleboro history can be found on the front page of

March 17 Talk: The Theatrical, Eccentric, Flamboyant Madame Sherri

In celebration of Women’s History Month
The Theatrical, Eccentric, Flamboyant Madame Sherri
A talk by Eric Stanway
Tues., March 17   7 p.m.
Brattleboro Historical Society History Center at the Masonic Temple
196 Main St., Brattleboro

Stanway is author of “Madame Sherri: The Special Edition,” an expanded
biography of the diva of the 20’s who scandalized the locals for years
before succumbing to poverty and dying in a Brattleboro boarding house,
leaving her castle in the woods of West Chesterfield, N.H., to crumble to

Stanway is a writer, artist and musician who has authored more than 15
books of New England history, including Mysteries of Monadnock, The Old
Rindge House, Haunted Hillsborough County, The Victorian, and Mad Ghosts
and Englishmen.

Free Winter Lecture Series: Textiles and Fashion in Early America

Beginning Sunday, January 25, 2 p.m.

Historic Deerfield will present a free winter lecture series,”Textiles and Fashion in Early America” this winter, with lectures on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in January, February, and March at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, in Old Deerfield. The lecture series is part of the celebration, “Fashioning a Legacy: The 50th Anniversary of the Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery.”


The first lecture, entitled “Exquisite Selections: Masterpieces from the Historic Deerfield Collection” will be presented on Sunday, January 25. David E. Lazaro, Associate Curator of Textiles for Historic Deerfield, will give an in-depth look at the Helen Geier Flynt Textile Collection, which today numbers some 8,000 objects including clothing, accessories, and domestic textiles, assembled by Historic Deerfield founders Helen Geier Flynt and Henry N. Flynt.

The lecture series continues with “Boarding in Boston: Education, Embroidery and Refinement in the Late Colonial Period,” on Sunday, February 22, presented by Pamela Parmal of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., and “Patterns of Their Time: Design in Printed Textiles” on Sunday, March 22, presented by Linda Eaton of Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Del.


The Brattleboro Historical Society has agreed to partner with Vermont Public Television and the Community Council of VPT to bring film premiers and events to Brattleboro.

West River Winter

A two man disaster squad, with ax and rope, has cut through cakes of ice backed up by the West River. Note the off-center hitch enabling horses to follow track rather than navigate heavier snow in center ridge of road.West River Ice