'Arming the Union' at PHS

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PAWLET - The Pawlett Historical Society (PHS) will be hosting "Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers and the Technology that Shaped America" on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m., at the Pawlet Public Library (located at 141 School St. in Pawlet).

The evening's talk will feature Carrie Brown, historian, and curator at the American Precision Museum in Windsor. The presentation is a Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) event, made possible under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

According to the VHC, "During the Civil War, the Union army fielded more than two million men, most of them armed with newly-made, highly accurate rifles."

Brown, who has a keen interest in the interactions between period technology and popular culture, will look at how the North produced these weapons and what impact they had on Civil War battles and, ultimately, the outcome of the war that divided a nation.

Additionally, she will explore the critical role that Windsor played in the production of the new rifles, a technology that not only influenced the outcome of the Civil War, but changed American life, and perhaps its resulting pop culture.

The April 17 program is free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible.

For more information, contact Steve Williams at (802) 645-9529.


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