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Swaziland slide show & talk

Posted by Ardyce on 22nd October 2011

October 26, 2011
6:00 pm

On Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 PM, the Pember Library at 33 West Main St. in Granville is hosting a presentation by Marjorie and Greg Scieszka. The couple will reflect on the experiences they had as Peace Corps Response Volunteers in Swaziland during 2010-11. Both were assigned to work in the Ministry of Education in Mbabane, Swaziland, and their Peace Corps assignments involved working to implement free primary education in Swaziland as well as traveling to schools around the country, helping to set up school libraries. They also worked on several projects with UNICEF and UNESCO. While there, they attended a royal wedding and visited several big game parks.

Marjorie and Greg live in Manchester Center, VT. They served as Peace Corps Volunteers 40 years ago in Lesotho, South Africa, and in January were able to return to that country to visit the Basotho people with whom they have stayed in touch over all these years. They will talk about their many experiences, show photos they took during the year, and exhibit artifacts from Swaziland.

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Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen and Life

Posted by Ardyce on 17th March 2011

April 15, 2011
6:00 pm

Food historian Peter G. Rose explores the foodways brought to America by the Dutch more than three centuries ago, and the way these foodways were adapted to new circumstances. Slides of 17th century Dutch art works depicting various foodstuffs are part of this lecture.

Ms. Peter G. Rose is an author, columnist, lecturer, and food historian.


Ms. Rose has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch-American culinary history at, among others: The Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Culinary Institute of America, New York University, and the New York Historical Society, as well as many other historical societies and libraries in New York State.

This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Speakers in the Humanities program has linked distinguished scholars with diverse audiences since its launch in 1983, bringing the best in humanities scholarship to thousands of people at hundreds of cultural organizations in virtually every corner of New York State. This program is just one of the ways the New York Council for the Humanities helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation.

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Pember Presents: Radon

Posted by Ardyce on 18th November 2009

December 3, 2009
4:00 pm
6:00 pm

Test your home, protect your family from Radon!

Radon is a gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It occurs naturally in the earth, but can become a problem when it builds up indoors. It enters a home through cracks and openings in the foundation floor, walls and through openings around sump pumps.

According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest of all cancers. Radon is responsible for over 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually.

Homeowners can test their homes at any time; however, it is best to do so in the heating season when homes typically let in less outdoor air. It is important to remember that every home is different and should be tested for radon.

If the test shows that radon is a problem, simple inexpensive techniques may be all that is needed to reduce radon levels. There are contractors throughout the state who have met certain requirements and are trained to identify and fix radon problems in your home.

Washington County is a HIGH RADON AREA county.  Within the county: Argyle, Granville, Greenwich, Jackson, and Salem are considered the highest concern.

Linda Law-Saunders of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Washington County will be giving a presentation about radon at the Pember Library in Granville on December 3 at 4 pm and again at 6 pm. Advanced registration is required. Please call CCE at 746-2560 or 1-800-548- 0881. Individuals with special needs requiring accommodations who wish to attend this program should let CCE know when registering.

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lecture postponed

Posted by Ardyce on 23rd September 2009

The  lecture 1812: New York’s War, New York’s Impetus by Robert Arnold originally planned for September 24 has been postponed until October 29.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Pember Presents: the Great American Tractor Wars

Posted by Ardyce on 24th March 2009

April 9, 2009
6:30 pmto7:30 pm

The Pember Library presents “From Muscles to Motors on the Farm: Henry Ford and the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930″

The Pember Library will present a lecture by Dr. Milton Sernett on “From Muscles to Motors on the Farm: Henry Ford and the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930″. Free and open to the general public, the event begins at 6:30 PM on April 9 at the Pember Library in Granville.  This event is made possible through Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities.

Dr. Milton C. Sernett, Professor Emeritus, taught at Syracuse University for over thirty years. He has published eight books and numerous articles and essays, many of them dealing with American abolitionism, the Underground Railroad, and African American history. His current book project is a history of the “the great tractor wars” of the 1920s and the influence of Henry Ford on American farm life.

Henry Ford’s Fordson Tractor, like his Model T, was both a technological marvel and an instrument of social change; this illustrated lecture will invoke memories of life and work on American family farms before the age of agribusiness.

The Fordson tractor, first mass-produced in 1918, gave farmers a reliable but affordable source of power. Henry Ford’s entry into the tractor business sparked a conflict in the farm machinery industry that had long-term consequences for American life on and off the farm.

The transition from horse power to tractor power, from muscles to motors, took place during an era of rapid social change in American life. Farm families were trying to adjust to new marvels everywhere–airplanes, automobiles, electricity on the farm, telephones, radio, consolidated rural schools, indoor plumbing, rural free delivery, better roads, and refrigeration.

The lecture use rare images from the archives of the great tractor manufacturers and depictions of the seasons of agricultural work before the factory farm replaced the family farm. These visual cues will encourage the sharing and preservation of memories of farm life among all members of your community.

Since its launch in 1983, the Council’s Speakers in the Humanities program has linked distinguished scholars with a diverse audience through the presentation of lectures on a broad range of topics.  All Speakers events are free and open to the general public.  Each year, hundreds of cultural organizations and community groups take advantage of this program, which offers the very best in humanities scholarship to thousands of citizens in every corner of New York State.

The New York Council for the Humanities is a not-for-profit, independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Through statewide collaborations, and programs and services that encourage imaginative thinking and critical inquiry, the Council works to ensure that the humanities are present in the intellectual and cultural life of every New Yorker.

For more information, call (518) 642-2525.

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