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Pablo Picasso's masterpiece Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was one of the 20th century's most controversial pieces of art. Reviled and revered, it's been studied by art historians, railed against by other artists and used as inspiration for new paintings, sculptures and photographs.

The Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont has put together a multi-media exhibit exploring Picasso's influences and why Demoiselles has engendered such strong reactions for more than 100 years.

Photo: Jack Rowell

This week, we're considering the role of storytelling for Vermont Reads, the Vermont Humanities Council's state-wide reading program. This year's book is Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.

Haroun admires his father, the great story-teller Rashid, and his ability to keep crowds of people awestruck with the power of his tales. When he travels to a magical world to bring back the source of the stories, Haroun meets a mysterious page called Blabbermouth, a girl who masquerades for a time as a boy, and in her presence, Haroun finds himself without words.

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The Vermont Marble Museum has gone through its share of ups and downs in recent years. But Saturday, the town of Proctor is celebrating the museum’s grand re-opening with a town-wide gala, including train rides back and forth between Rutland.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

One of Vermont's oldest unsolved murder cases is getting a facelift.

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Back in January, Vermont Edition aired an interview with the National Geographic photographer Nathan Benn, whose 1970s photographs of Vermont and beyond are on display at the Shelburne Museum in an exhibit called Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures, 1972-1990. One of the photos from the exhibition that we posted online showed a man that several people recognized, more than 40 years later.

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This week, children in the Upper Valley have been exploring the banks of the Connecticut River. It’s part of a multi-media collaboration between Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center and other non-profit groups celebrating a much more distant river: the Nile. One of the educational events  is a trek along the banks of the Connecticut River in an unlikely place, behind a shopping mall in West Lebanon.

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There’s an effort underway to build a teaching curriculum around Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail. Organizers hope much of the money to create the curriculum will come from individual donors.

Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail includes sites as well-preserved and well-known as the Lincoln home at Hildene and as little known as an old stone foundation where Daisy Turner lived. Turner was a story teller and poet born in Grafton to freed slaves.

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The town of Wallingford is considering a proposal to add a cell phone antenna to the historic town hall’s cupola. There are already two antennas in the clock tower, but a proposal to add a third antenna has the attention of the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation.


This month, Armenian people around the world are marking 100 years since the genocide that nearly wiped out their culture during World War 1.  As the Ottoman Empire was disintegrating, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks.

Stephen Martin

Orville Gibson went missing before dawn on the morning of New Years Eve in 1957. Three months later, his body was found in the Connecticut River, his legs and arms bound with rope.

Douglas Brooks

Although the use of small trapping boats on Lake Champlain may be a thing of the past, students from a career center in Middlebury are keeping the tradition alive by building full-scale replicas.

Candace Page

Maple has been a staple in Vermont for a long time, but who really knows how it was being used in recipes a century or so ago?

Candace Page, food writer for the Burlington Free Press, was curious about the subject and decided to dig into the history. She joined VPR Café to talk about her findings.

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On a recent weekend, dozens of vintage snowmobiles were on display in a farm field in Bethel. To qualify as vintage, they had to be made no later than the early 1980s –  but a couple of them dated back to the 1920s.

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Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley was born just over 150 years ago. Raised in a modest farm family, Bentley lived in the village of Nashville in the town of Jericho. His mother was a teacher and his father ran their small dairy farm.

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In the 1660s, post-Puritan England experienced its own kind of sexual revolution as women enjoyed first tastes of sexual freedom and empowerment.

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Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley's 150th birthday is a few days away. Bentley grew up in the village of Nashville, Vermont, where he would live his entire life as a farmer. But his love of meteorology and photography led him to an important discovery in 1885: how to photograph snowflakes.

Michel Arnaud

Mah jongg, a card game that mixes skill and strategy with a bit of luck, originated in China in the 1850s. In the late 19th century, Chinese craftsmen left paper behind and started hand carving mah jongg symbols on bamboo and bone tiles.

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Paint a picture of Vermont and you might focus on its impressive mountains. Or you might create an image of the flora and fauna. Another approach would be to highlight the people who have settled here.

The authors of "The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History" say you can't get an accurate depiction of the state without looking at the geological, biological, and cultural forces together.  

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In the late 19th century, the Arctic Basin was a mystery to many, destroying ships and explorers with its fierce ice. The Fram was a revolutionary ship designed to solve this problem, built to latch on to, and float with, the Arctic ice.

Nathan Benn / Shelburne Museum

When Nathan Benn was a very young photographer in the early 1970s, he got an assignment from National Geographic to go shoot pictures of Vermont. When you look at those photographs now, many of which were never published in the magazine, they are so clearly from a different era.