Bethel

Steve Zind / VPR

The year 1816 has many nicknames in Vermont: "the year without a summer'" "the poverty year;" "the starving year;" and even, with a touch of black humor, as "eighteen-hundred-and-froze-to-death." 

Steve Zind / VPR

Small business startups are seen as an important part of Vermont’s economy. But according to government statistics, one in five fails after one year, and about half of them are no longer in business after five years. 

Bethel’s pop-up university is a chance for people to learn about all sorts of things. Each year the town hosts a month-long series of classes taught and attended by locals on everything from from Ukrainian Easter egg design to the Holocaust.