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Aging in Hartland and the Hartland Public Library present a discussion of granite carving and the monument industry with John Hikory, granite carver. Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 4:00PM at the library. This event is free and open to the public.




To mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, the Hartland Public Library is presenting a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:30pm at Damon Hall in Hartland, Vermont. Panelists include:
Steven Sodergren, Associate Professor, History; Studies in War & Peace Program Director, Norwich University
Lea Williams, Chair, Department of English & Communications, Norwich University
Margaret H. Darrow, Professor of History, Dartmouth College
Bill Mares, Author of Grafting Memories: Essays on War & Commemoration

To mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, the Hartland Public Library is presenting a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:30pm at Damon Hall in Hartland, Vermont. Panelists include:

Margaret H. Darrow

Margaret Darrow is a modern European historian specializing in French social and women's history. Recently, her work has focused on women and war--specifically French women in the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War. After receiving her PhD from Rutgers University, she joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1980. Her first book, Revolution in the House: Family, Class and Inheritance in Southern France, 1775-1825 (Princeton University Press, 1989) is a study of the impact of the French Revolution upon family relationships and practices, especially marriage and inheritance, in the early nineteenth century. Since that book, her research moved a century forward and resulted in the publication of French Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home Front (Berg, 2000). Her current research explores French women's patriotism and citizenship at the end of the nineteenth century. A special issue of French Historical Studies in the spring of 2008 published part of this research as "'In the Land of Joan of Arc:' The Patriotic Education of Girls and the Prospects of War in the Early Third Republic." Professor Darrow is also a member of the faculty of the Gender and Women's Studies Program.

Bill Mares

Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, high school teacher, and member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored and co-authored 14 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy to desert travel to Presidential fishing. Mares is the author of Grafting Memories: Essays on War & Commemoration. This collection of essays examines how the American Civil War and the Great War of 1914-1918 together launched new practices for honoring the dead as individuals. Some of these practices included the uniformity of burial of both officers and the field soldier; the actual naming of the dead; the erection of memorials to the missing and unkown; and individual recognition in photos, statuary, and living memorials. Also discussed is how countless streams of prviate grief has joined the mainstream of public mourning, how monuments haev been used for "nation building," and how the memorial landscape has changed from the nearly ubiquitous standing Civil War momuments to the World War I doughboys, to almost nothing. 

Steven Sodergren

Steven Sodergren specializes in the American Civil War, with particular expertise in the experience of soldiers, North and South; the experience of American veterans in the late nineteenth century; and nineteenth century military affairs in the American West. Sodergren is an associate professor of history and the director of the Studies in War & Peace program at Norwich University. 

Lea Williams

Lea Williams is the chair of the Department of English and Communications at Norwich University. She is currently working on a book-length biography of early twentieth century nurse Ellen N. La Motte, while researching women's writings about World War I. Williams specializes in war literature, postcolonial literature, and gender studies.

Moderated by Michael K. Heaney


Join us for a presentation and discussion, "Vietnam: The Hard Discussion We Never Had," with Michael K. Heaney on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00PM at Damon Hall, Hartland, Vermont. 

Heaney grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He holds a law degree from Harvard, and a PhD in American History from Rutgers University. He is a former Infantry Platoon Leader and wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War. For the past 30 years, Heaney has worked as volunteer on various veteran undertakings, including leading wilderness expeditions in New England for veterans diagnosed with PTSD; participating in former enemy exchanges with Soviet veterans in Uzbekistan and Vietnamese veterans in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam; and leading several veteran book reading groups at the White River Junction VA Hospital and Burling Veterans Center. He appears in episodes of Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary, scheduled for release this month. Heaney is married with five children, and resides in Hartland, Vermont.


Every Tuesday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in the library community room.



Every Wednesday, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Library Community Room

All are welcome for a friendly game of cribbage!


Games for Seniors meets every first and third Wednesday at 1pm. All seniors are welcome! Participants choose the games - Scrabble, cards or board games.


We currently offer two weekly programs for children: a storytime for infants through age 5 and an after school club for grades 1-6 (younger with a parent). See the "Children and Teens" section of this website for more information about youth programming.

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