SAM to host Fall 2019 OLLI series

OLLI lectures will held be on Wednesdays at 11 am and will be located at the Saint Albans Museum, on the third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The lecture site is handicap accessible with parking available behind the museum.


September 4, 2019

John Newton, St. Albans OLLI Site Leader
Rafting the Zambezi from Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba

In 1985 John went to Africa for a three week, three adventure trip, one of which was a 7 day whitewater rafting trip on the Zambezi river. There were 28 people in six rafts, including one person with a video camera and John’s presentation includes some 38 minutes of that film. The 7 day Zambezi trip is rated by TripAdviser® as “One of the world’s best whitewater rafting trips”.

September 11, 2019

Willard Sterne Randall, Professor Emeritus of History, Champlain College
The Battle of Lake Champlain

On September 11, 1814, Commodore Thomas Macdonough led a squadron of American ships built in Vermont to victory over a British fleet built at Ile aux Noix, Quebec. This victory blunted the greatest invasion in the War of 1812, bringing it to a stalemated end. The talk is based on Professor Randall’s new book, Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution. (books will be available for sale for $25)

September 18, 2019

Ralph McClintock, USN Communications Technician, CT2 (in 1968)
Eleven Months in a Place the World Forgot

Ralph will be describing his duties in support of the mission of the US Navy ship USS PUEBLO (AGER-2), the situation prior to the North Korean attack and seizure on January 23, 1968 in international waters, plus his 11 month life in the ‘Peoples Paradise’. Ralph also has gathered news reports and reactions both domestic and international on the illegal seizure and will include these in his presentation.

September 25, 2019

Rob Clark
Project Apollo 50 years later

I grew up right along with NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs and then Skylab and the space shuttles. As a child I made very detailed mockups of rockets, space capsules and launch towers. I’ve been to Cape Canaveral on multiple occasions, met Astronaut Mike Collins (Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot), and have selected several treasured photos to share with you as we celebrate Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. Come join us as we remember mans’ greatest adventure.

October 2, 2019

Bobby Farlice-Rubio
The Outer Limits: Exploring the Extremes of Astronomy

In recent years, Astronomers have learned of the existence of the ‘gravity waves’ caused by massive stellar collisions. Our technology has evolved to the point where we are now frequently observing things that were once purely theoretical. Just this year, radio astronomers managed to snap an image of a Black Hole for the first time in history. From these gigantic objects to the tiniest of things being smashed in the world’s particle accelerators, our findings in physics are now also testing the limits of our imaginations! In this lesson, we will explore the latest discoveries and see if we can come to a new understanding of the increasingly strange nature of the universe.

October 9, 2019

Nancy Nahra, Professor
Young Robert Frost

Because Robert Frost lived to be eighty-nine, and because he took a long time to become famous, most of us have a mental picture of him with white hair. This talk looks at surprises in his life long before he was old—or famous.

October 16, 2019

Dr. Susan Ouellette, Professor of History and American Studies at Saint Michaels College
Windmills and Garden Plots: French Canadian settlement in the Champlain Valley

A discussion of the 18th and 19th century settlement of French Canadian Immigrants in the Champlain region from New France to the United States.

October 23, 2019

Leon Berthiaume, CEO of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery
The Northwestern Vermont Dairy Industry – Past – Present – Future

Leon will reflect on how the dairy industry has evolved, both on the farm and in the marketplace, incorporating the role that the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery operations provides for its membership.

October 30, 2019

Shelley Facos, Investigator, Office of the Vermont Attorney General
Cybersecurity – Staying Safe on the Internet

Shelley will be covering key topics such as using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, tips for shopping online safely and researching any ‘apps’ before downloading.

November 6, 2019

Robert Mello, Judge, Superior Court, St. Albans
Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont

One critic (Stuart) reviewed Robert Mello’s book writing “A must read for anyone interested in the history of Vermont. Not just a biography of Moses Robinson (Vermont’s second Governor), it is also a remarkably detailed account of the founding years of the republic and the accession of the state to the Union.

November 13, 2019

Roderick Russell, Professional Sword Swallower & Rock Climber
On the Edge: Rock Climbing, Risk and Psychological Well-Being

Ever wonder what drives people to pursue high-risk endeavors? If you think it’s all about the adrenaline rush, you may be surprised. Join rock climbing guide, professional sword swallower and fear & anxiety coach Roderick Russell as he shares stories and pictures of his personal and professional adventures, all the while illuminating the nature of risk activities and their profound benefits to the human psychological experience. Includes a not-to-be-missed live demonstration.

November 20, 2019

Terry Buchner, Retired History Teacher
First Ladies: Mary, Eleanor and Jackie

A portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy that will reveal their story.


Membership Information

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the current semester. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture. Semester membership fees are $40 per individual, or $70 per couple.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or this form and send with your dues to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office

460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

Become a member today!

Membership in St. Albans OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles members to attend programs in all the OLLI organizations established in seven locations throughout Vermont. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

Winter 2019 Volunteer Committee

John Newton, Betty Casavant, Lynda Emch, Bryant Reynolds, Gerard Sparacino, Rita Sparacino.

For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.