Jane Beck

Commentator

Jane Beck is the founder of the Vermont Folklife Center.

Beck: Brownie

Nov 25, 2015

Smart phones are omnipresent, communication today is instantaneous and global. My grandchildren can’t conceive of a party line or the fact that in the early days of the 20th century, many people didn’t have phones.

Beck: Before Vaccines

Apr 24, 2015

Few of us remember how dangerous diseases like measles and polio were before vaccination, but a story told by Everett Palmer of Waitsfield and archived by the Vermont Folklife Center brings this home vividly.

Beck: Hoof Beats

Apr 13, 2015
Jane Beck / Courtesy of the Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, VT

Alec Turner, once enslaved on a Virginian plantation, always maintained that he had heard the hoof beats of John Wilkes Booth’s horse as he fled the scene of his assassination of President Lincoln.

Beck: Remembering Daisy

Feb 25, 2015

Daisy Turner was born the daughter of slaves in Grafton, and she was one hundred by the time I first met and began to interview her in 1983. I’d heard she could be feisty and cantankerous, but I found her intelligent, cautious and utterly riveting when she began relating her family saga.