Join author Yvonne Daley of Southern Vermont and retired Historical Society curator Jackie Calder for a talk and reading to celebrate the launch of Daley's newest book, Going Up The Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont (UPNE press). Tom Slayton, who wrote the forward, will make an introduction.
Free and open to the public. A Vermont Arts 2018 program of the Vermont Arts Council.
About the Book
Going Up the Country is part oral history, part nostalgia-tinged narrative, and part clear-eyed analysis of the multifaceted phenomena collectively referred to as the counterculture movement in Vermont. This is the story of how young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the backwoods of rural Vermont, spawning a revolution in lifestyle, politics, sexuality, and business practices that would have a profound impact on both the state and the nation. The movement brought hippies, back-to-the-landers, political radicals, sexual libertines, and utopians to a previously conservative state and led us to today’s farm to table way of life, environmental consciousness, and progressive politics as championed by Bernie Sanders.
“[Daley’s] fascinating interviews stir up no shortage of old memories, good and bad, plus passionate defenses of differences once thought to be important. . . . Daley’s insightful look at Vermont before and after its fabled “hippie invasion” is a useful guide to building bridges to new neighbors not on the left or anywhere near it.”
About the Author
YVONNE DALEY is the author of five previous books and is the founder and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference. She has called Vermont home ever since moving to Vermont herself as a young hippie in 1967. The mother of five children, Yvonne lived in the mountain town of Goshen, where she briefly raised milk goats and grew the family’s vegetables. Subsequently, she worked for 18 years as a journalist for the Rutland Herald, Boston Globe, Time, Life, People, Washington Post and many other publications, winning many of the profession’s top prizes including Vermont Reporter of the Year, the New England News Editors’ Master Reporter Award and the John S. Knight Fellowship in Journalism at Stanford University.
For 17 years, she taught journalism at San Francisco State University. She is married to the writer Chuck Clarino and together they raise Maltese dogs at their home in Rutland where she restores her mental health by gardening, making pies and visiting with her children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors.
About the Presenter
Jackie Calder worked as a curator at museums and historical societies for thirty-eight years. She worked for twenty-six years at the Vermont Historical Society (VHS) before retiring in 2016. Her last project at VHS was The Vermont 1970s Project which compiled research and oral histories on the history of the counterculture and its long-lasting effects on the state.