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Burlington lost more than just Little Italy to Urban Renewal. Long before the true demolition of homes - houses were burned to the ground. Nobody talks about my family when they talk about Urban Renewal. Three children and a family friend lost their lives to an intentional fire. Write that story cause my god my family deserves it!
It's worth noting that while, yes, the original communes may have come and gone, there are currently at least a dozen intentional communities in Vermont, and at least another fourteen forming. It's part of a global trend, with over 1500 in the US alone. Having lived in several of these over the years, I can tell you that we learned a lot from the previous generation of communards--mostly about the need to be truly and specifically intentional. This is the Golden Age of communal living!
I moved here from western Oregon, where so many folks still prefer to let their colorful freak flags fly high and wide (elders and young alike), so it took awhile to realize how much the back-to-the-landers and the woodchucks have influenced each other here in Vermont over the years. It can be hard to tell them apart! Much less divisive than on the Left Coast. The fusion is a beautiful thing--rural AND progressive--making this a great place to experiment with more sustainable living. It's one of the reasons I'm so glad to have settled here, and so happy to see that the VHS is preserving a part of Vermont history that's been too often neglected (e.g., Jan Albers' Hands on the land).
"Many of these early migrants, a good number of whom were formally members of or allied to the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), sought to take refuge in these northern hills. It was a time for reflection, experimentation with psychedelic drugs, and an evaluation of their personal and social lives. But it was not long before two things occurred. First, after 68’ the trickle of counter-culture migrants turned into a flood. This mass second wave quickly led to the formation of dozens of new communes, especially in the north. Second, the older SDS/political elements realized that any attempt to circumvent personal and economic alienation was intimately tied to the external community. And with that, new efforts at political organizing were rekindled. One commune, Red Clover, was at the forefront of these new efforts. Members, including John Douglas, Jane Kramer, Robert Kramer, and Roz Payne, began as a radical media collective in New York City...One former communard contends that the first dynamite procured by the Weather Underground Organization [an armed leftist group who carried out 27 bombings between 1969-1977 including those on the US Capital Building and the Pentagon] came from a granite quarry in Barre. John Douglas, for his part, states that Free Vermont helped establish safe houses for Weathermen and Black Panthers who went underground. They also facilitated clandestine boarder crossings into Quebec." http://www.anarkismo.net/article/7248&comm… Now there is some real history for you.
General Stannard's memory is also perpetuated in the form of Vermont's G. J. Stannard Camp No. 2, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. http://suvcw.vermontcivilwar.org/camp2.htm… Previously, Stannard was the namesake of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) post in Burlington.
"So our job is [to] make Vermont an attractive destination for the multicultural marketplace."
Yeah, no thanks. I have nothing against people of other races, but would it be so terrible to have just ONE place on this earth that maintains a culturally and racially European identity? Even Europe itself is being overrun by "refugees." If things continue as they are, European peoples, who make up part of the global diversity of races, will cease to exist. I can't imagine that very many people would actually want this to happen, so why go out of our way to make everywhere in the western world a monotonous "diverse" blend?
No other race on the face of this earth is encouraged to "celebrate diversity" in the way that European peoples are. It's time to stop this madness, and make an effort to preserve ourselves. Vermont does not "need more diversity."
"Winners of the contest, including first-place finisher Livia Greenberg"
I believe Sheila had a sister named Cheryl who was there too.
I was there throughout the 1960's remember Sheila but not the others. I don't remember the abuse they all talk about. My number was 32. If Sheila would like to contact me I will respond.
A great story about one of Vermont's cultural traditions- hiking the Long Trail. Thank you, Seven Days!!!
Thanks for posting this. Very informative! I'd love to use my camera in the observation deck!
Great that some of Frank Hewitt's artwork will find an even larger audience now. The policies of Bernie Sanders already improved many lives in the past, now the visibility of his ideas on the national level and the increase in citizen engagement in politics that it causes has the potential to improve many more lives. It's encouraging to be able to see this story unfold from its beginnings in the Eighties in Burlington through today and into the future.
So proud of the work my father did with Bernie in the early years. It was an incredibly exciting time to have grown up in Burlington. So wonderful that the ideas he has championed from the beginning are finally part of the national conversation.
Katelin was and is a friend of mine , I knew her in Jr. High school and didn't know her whole story then I only new she struggled privately with some very tough things that kids her age shouldn't have to deal with. I'm so proud of the woman she has become. I also have memories of field trips to the orphanage and seeing rows of babies in their cribs and thinking how sad it was .
This is a wonderful article and right on as to my experience of how the tour was. It was such a great experience to be able to see people sharing their experiences and memories. The bad things did not seem so bad hearing the replies in response to something like "Yes, I remember" and the "Me too's." As horrible as those memories are, they are much worse being alone with them. I am so grateful to Abbey Meaker, Coralee Holm and Burlington College for helping us to do this tour, and also to Sarah Yahm for sharing our experience.
As a therapist for over 40 years I have met several former residents of the orphanage. Their stories were all heartbreaking. The cruelty perpetrated on vulnerable kids makes me sick , angry and sad.
It makes me sad I didn't know about this before. My mother grew up in there and I would have loved to go with her.
My father was there for 4 years till he aged out and went in the Navy, he said the Nuns hated them and hated being there.. the stories he told sure proved that! I always felt so bad for him!!
Nice article . It's a pleasure to read a piece about this orphanage where the emphasis is on the personal recollections of former residents and not about the agenda of the writer . Very touching . Very human .
very nice probably worth a visit, and I will take a moment to throw a pitch to both Burlington College and the Vermont Woodworking School for their combined excellence in high level craftsmanship, and fine furniture making where you can get a bachelors in this field, one of only a few schools in the country (including RIT, and another in Boston). BC is a great school for the right person as is VT Woodworking School in Fairfax.
I enjoyed your "Footsteps" of Georgia O'keeffe. An Interesting tale of a n artist and her connection to the Lake George, Adirondack region. I have often heard those gifted in the arts rave about New Mexico as the ultimate region for artist to settle and ply their paints to canvas. I believe some of it had to do with the natural light. Never spent any time there but it would not have mattered to me, the Adirondacks are a living part of my soul. Nice story, Lake George was always just a little to busy for me, as a matter of fact it still is. Thank you for the nice story.
Jamie L Burt:
Burlington lost more than just Little Italy to Urban Renewal. Long before the true demolition of homes -…