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Film Screening – Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange
August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join the Saint Albans Museum for a screening of the new documentary Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange on Thursday, August 2 in the Bliss Room. There will be a Q&A session with producer Charlotte Barrett following the film. Farming Franklin County, the new agricultural history exhibit at SAM, will also be open to audience members for tours. This special evening is free and open to the public, and copies of Rooted will be available for purchase.
7:00pm: Rooted screening
8:00pm: Producer Q&A, followed by “Farming Franklin County” exhibit tours
Vermont’s agricultural heritage gets a starring role in Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange. The film goes inside the Grange, the national farmers’ organization, to explore how it has worked to strengthen and preserve rural communities since 1867. Created in partnership with the Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham, Rooted explores the social, economic, and political impacts of the National Grange on Vermont’s rural communities over the past 150 years. The film weaves archival images and oral histories with footage of modern day Grange events to paint a comprehensive picture of the organization and the New Englanders it supports.
A co-production of Historic New England and the Vermont Folklife Center, the film uses an ethnographic approach to explore the Grange’s living connection to the past through ritual, work, and community. In one-on-one interviews and at social gatherings, Grange members reminisce about growing up in the Grange “family” and share their hopes and concerns for the future of an organization challenged to adapt to a sharply different concept of community in the 21st century.
The Grange, or Order of the Patrons of Husbandry, was the heart of rural community life in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Local Grange halls hosted suppers, dances, plays, and monthly meetings to relieve the monotony and isolation of farm work. In one-on-one interviews and at social gatherings, members of the Middle Branch and Riverside Granges—both active in Vermont—reminisce about growing up in the Grange “family” and grapple with the challenge of preserving community in a world too busy to connect.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Peoples Trust Co. and presented by Historic New England, the Vermont Folklife Center, and the Saint Albans Museum.