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Re: “Historic Dustup: Standoff Shutters Orwell's Museum

Perhaps some air sealing, and the set up of wood working dust collectors and gentle compressed air could begin to inexpensively restore the museum pieces.

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 08/04/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Historic Dustup: Standoff Shutters Orwell's Museum

The curator had an expert familiar with historical fabric and fibers, and I totally agree with the former curator. I can only imagine how I would have felt seeing the dust-covered spectacle before me, just reading about it made me feel sick to my stomach. So terribly sad to hear of such precious destruction. Sheet rock dust + humidity = glue mess, VERY destructive to antique fibers. The $12,000. clean-up price tag did not strike me as particularly high considering the situation. While this matter maybe could have been resolved without announcing to the world the contractor's grave error, inexperienced folks would have probably balked at the price tag regardless. A very sad situation for Orwell, and a very important lesson for ALL of Vermont's precious historical museums.

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Posted by Melody Reed on 08/02/2019 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Historic Dustup: Standoff Shutters Orwell's Museum

As a museum curator if someone in town gives me a room to stay in I will volunteer my time to come vacuum as this feud is ridiculous.

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Posted by Katie Keil Owens on 08/02/2019 at 1:37 PM

Re: “How to Recognize the Historical Importance of Your Stuff

"Thank goodness I don't keep important records on flimsy, unreliable paper."

Unreliable? Accessing paper records requires nothing in the way of technology, only fingers and eyes. I can access paper records, some centuries old, that I have on hand in minutes. The information on my 5 1/4" floppies from the 90's? I'd have to pay a specialist to extract them and convert the files to be readable by current software. It's effectively gone forever. Similarly, I can put on LPs that my parents bought in the 50's and easily hear that music. Music files I downloaded to now obsolete computers in the 2000's? Again, effectively gone forever. There is nothing whatsoever inherently "reliable" about digitization.

Posted by Raph Worrick on 07/31/2019 at 5:04 PM

Re: “How to Recognize the Historical Importance of Your Stuff

Authors and archivists Elizabeth Dow and Lucinda Cockrell are not against digitization, nor are they computer illiterate. In fact, they are currently working with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury to digitize the museum's collection. The point is, people should take proactive steps to safeguard items of historical significance -- even online and digitized items. Dow has another book that provides more detail on digitization: "Electronic Records in the Manuscript Repository." In it, Dow "defines the problems related to electronic records and digital documents, describes the steps the curator should take to manage those electronic records and digital documents, and suggests ways to learn the specific skills and perspectives needed to do the job well."

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Posted by Susan Larson on 07/28/2019 at 2:58 PM

Re: “How to Recognize the Historical Importance of Your Stuff

It's distressing that these computer-illiterate old women are spouting this nonsense. Paper burns, paper disintegrates, most paper doesn't last a hundred years. The vast majority of photos have been lost over time.

Happily with progress, these days we can save any document or artifact to a file or multiple files without creating a massive unnecessary pile of paper. Vital documents are kept on secure servers or back-up discs without having to depend on Facebook or any other third party. How much history has been lost because it was on paper that disintegrated centuries ago.

These women are doing a disservice to the public, please provide counterpoints when people are spreading misinformation or incomplete information. Historical artifacts have more chance of surviving electronically than on paper. If ten thousand computers are destroyed, and ten thousand cities fall, I'll still have all my documents, photos, and records.

Thank goodness I don't keep important records on flimsy, unreliable paper. Love Seven Days otherwise, thanks for raising the journalism bar in Vermont.

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Posted by Julie Green on 07/27/2019 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Authors of 'Burlington Brewing' Explore the Beer Scene Past and Present

Reverend Col. James Baker II??? Is he joking? The guy's a beer nerd. That's it. Maybe the joke's on the reporter for not asking him about his "title"?

Posted by The Oracle on 07/25/2019 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Authors of 'Burlington Brewing' Explore the Beer Scene Past and Present

Hey David,

Im a brewer in Burlington and can give some insight into how we use our local ingredient. City water enters our building and passes through a two tank charcoal filtration system on its way to our hot water tanks which heat it up to about 75 degrees Celsius. Later during the actual wort manufacturing, the water is then boiled for 90 minutes which serves as a effective way of sterilizing the product. Not only does boiling the water kill microbes, it is also very effective at destroying other chemical compounds that may reside in the water supply.
In addition to this standard procedure, we also employ a microbiologist who does lab analysis of the water and who maintains an open dialogue with the city about the its quality.

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Posted by localbrewer on 07/17/2019 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Authors of 'Burlington Brewing' Explore the Beer Scene Past and Present

I am a dedicated drinker of VT. craft beers. I applaud the commitment and creativity of the brewers using local ag products. But the prime ingredient in beer is water. If I am not willing to drink the Burlington or Champlain Water District water due to chemical additives, medicinal drugs that are not filtered out or the microplastics not filtered out why would i drink the VT craft beers using water from municipal water plants? Plus one sees beaches closed down.
What are the Vt craft beer brewers using water from municipal water plants doing to clean up their primary liquid ingredient? I have asked at several local breweries and have not got answers. Maybe that is why Hill Farmstead wins so many awards due to their spring water? I try to drink their beers whenever I can. Maybe municipal Vt craft breweries should truck water from clean springs outside their municipal breweries? would be good to have 7 days look into this consumer issue.

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Posted by David Miskell on 07/16/2019 at 5:21 PM

Re: “In East Middlebury, Brown Novelty Company Winds Down

Great story. Well written and reported. Thank you.

Posted by Ethan Rogati on 07/15/2019 at 3:49 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Sorry, Mr. Petrarca, racism is certainly a disgrace, and you're obviously a person of good intentions, but none of us owe you, a white, self-appointed race warrior in little Burling-town, who spraypaints walls and calls allies racists, any explanations on what they've done to fight racism. I doubt you've changed a single racist mind or prevented a single racist act by spraypainting a frivolous and rarely-noticed mural.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/12/2019 at 7:02 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Mr. Assumptions.....you still haven't shared with us what you're doing to fight racism. We know you hate people who are but, since it's Black History Month, please tell us what you're doing now (or ever) to eradicate racism?

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Posted by Albert Petrarca 1 on 02/12/2019 at 3:13 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

In my years at UVM--1963 to 1967--the student body was nearly 100 percent white, and Kake Walk was so prominent that very few people of color would even think of applying. A tiny handful of us protested the event in 1963--the same small group protesting the Vietnam war and the ROTC requirement. The numbers of protesters vastly increased by 1967, but we faced massive resistance from wealthy alumni donors who threatened to cut off funds. In 1969, UVM finally did the right thing, but took a huge financial hit as a result.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 02/11/2019 at 3:37 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

And, the "Minstrel Show" in Tunbridge Vermont continued until 1991...

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Posted by Catherine Dingle on 02/11/2019 at 2:58 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

"Try logic and discourse rather than always posting ad hominem attacks against people you disagree with.................so boring!"

First, there is nothing particularly logical about your posts about the mural. You just repeat over and over and over and over that it's "racist," because you believe it to be, and that anyone who disagrees with you about it is racist because you say so.

Second, YOU are complaining about ad hominem attacks because I question your analogy to a Robert E. Lee statue, and call out your obsession with the mural? How about you repeatedly calling the mayor, the council -- anyone you disagree with "racists" and "capitalists"? Calling someone a racist (merely because they don't share your particular obsession with the mural) is NOT an ad hominem attack?

Please.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/11/2019 at 2:32 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Hey assumptions, you're confusing artwork with narrative. The issue is the issue I raise. Are the Abenaki erased or not? Are the 92 of 93 "notables" white or not.? Is it an offensive public memorial like the Lee statue or not? Why is obsessing against racism a bad thing?

What are you doing to fight racism in Vt besides trolling web sites to condemn those that are?

Try logic and discourse rather than always posting ad hominem attacks against people you disagree with.................so boring!

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Posted by Albert Petrarca 1 on 02/11/2019 at 1:00 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

"The mural is our Robert E Lee statue."

The mural is arguably a silly, frivolous piece of wall painting, but it is NOT anything remotely equivalent to a Robert E. Lee statue.

Please find something real to obsess about.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/11/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Perhaps Suresh Garimella, if appointed UVM President, will succeed where others have failed in facilitating, meaningful "teachable moments" surrounding race issues versus reverse intolerance and ignorant student protest, i.e., students blocking Main St., stopping emergency vehicles, shouting UVM president is a "punk." Recent prosecution of a student over a racial issue was a missed opportunity to learn, heal, understand and grow. Note, every effort was made to encourage UVM to approach that matter as a learning opportunity, and officials were warned it would not end well in court. Officials bowed to student pressure and NOTHING was gained. After one court hearing I attempted to meaningfully engage students in dialogue. They hissed at me, slapping down an opportunity to learn anything about the process unfolding. This was the lowest point of handling that case - closed minds blinded by their own thirst for blood. Changing names of libraries, hanging alumni for their past racial transgressions, unfounded prosecutions, and reckless protests are not the answer. Unless and until people come together to listen quickly, speak slowly, learn jointly, the dream of diversity will remain an illusion.

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Posted by Ben Luna on 02/11/2019 at 12:12 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Why are Burlington whites continuing the defense of the Marketplace mural which erases 12,000 years of Abenaki civilization and contains a list of "notables" of which 92 out of 93 are white. The mural is our Robert E Lee statue

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Posted by Albert Petrarca 1 on 02/11/2019 at 12:03 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

I agree, Penelope. How long ago was it that South Burlington was the Rebels?

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 02/11/2019 at 11:46 AM

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