The Friends of the West RiverTrail, Weston Historical Society
& The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society present:
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie is the first-ever documentary series about Vermont. All six chapters will be shown at the South Londonderry Depot during Fall 2018 and Spring and Fall 2019.
Part 1: “A Very New Idea”
Thursday, Nov. 15
explores the roots from which the future state of Vermont grew, from Samuel Champlain to the Civil War
Part 2: “Under the Surface”
Thursday, Nov. 29
Yes, quarrying, but also about social movements that have belied Vermont’s bucolic image
South Londonderry Depot
Admission free; donations appreciated
Come view works by Bernadine Custer and Harry Shokler from our private collection on winter and summer scenes.
Hidden among the hills and mountains of southern Vermont are the remnants of sixty former ski areas, their slopes returning to forest and their lifts decaying. Today, only thirteen remain open and active in southern Vermont. Over investment, local competition, weather variation, changing skier habits, insurance costs and just plain bad luck caused these ski areas to succumb and melt back into the landscape. From larger ski areas like Snow Valley and Maple Valley, to Clinton Gilbert's farm in Woodstock, where the very first rope tow began operation in the winter of 1934, these once popular ski areas left an indelible trace on the hearts of their ski communities and the history of southern Vermont. In this presentation, Jeremy Davis, creator of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project examines the role that these ski areas played in the development of the sport that is so critical to Vermont. Historical and contemporary photos and maps, personal stories, and the ski areas that have survived will all be featured.