Should clothing capture the spirit of a culture, define people, or make them targets? In the case of a zoot suit, wearing one during World War II meant all three.
The freedom of the 40's - night clubs, jazz music, swing dancing - masks the underlying racial tensions of the era. Wearing zoot suits was a way to display style and culture but ended up making Mexican Americans targets. Read More
In a life fraught with challenges, Hildegard emerges as the most dynamic 12th century female voice... Feathers and Trumpets chronicles the life of the recently named saint and Doctor of the Church against the backdrop of the Middle Ages. Read More
Once, in America chemicals killed plants and animals. Cars and factories filled the air with toxic fumes. Oil spills destroyed ocean life. The sewage floating along America's rivers was so thick it sometimes caught fire. The Earth was dying.
Senator Gaylord Nelson believed that attitudes about ecology could change if people understood what was happening. He charged student organizer, Denis Hayes, with setting a plan for a national Earth Day in motion. What these men began on April 22, 1970, would change the world for the better. Read More
The Green Mountains lay claim to the heroines of the past and the leaders of the present. These women have championed their causes as icons in the arts, politics, medicine, and education and laid the framework for today's Vermont. Read More
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