The speaker will be Carole Thompson, director of the museum, who will report on discoveries made during the course of her recent research in two archival sources that shed new light on this controversial issue in Frost studies.
Her most recent findings come from the new collection at the University of Buffalo of the papers of Rabbi Victor Riechert, who was a close friend of Frost's during the last two decades of his life. Her work in Buffalo led to other archival discoveries at Dartmouth. She will also draw on the unpublished manuscript "Frost Verbatim," an account by Reginald Cook of Middlebury College of his conversations with Frost during their long relationship as colleagues at the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury.
One of Frost's major fears was that his official biographer, Lawrance Thompson, did not understand his faith, prompting the famous Frost plea, "You've got to protect me from Larry." Once asked about what he believed in, Frost replied, "I have no doubt about my beliefs." He called himself an "Old Testament Christian." Frost's friend Hyde Cox at Dartmouth was asked if Frost ever talked about religion. Cox replied, "We talked of little else.
The programs in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series are offered free of charge and reservations are not required. Both the Museum and the Little Red Barn are handicap accessible. For directions or more information, call the museum at 802-447-6200.
The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A in South Shaftsbury. In September the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and in October every day. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit online at www.frostfriends.org.