Noted historian to speak at next 'First Wednesdays'

MANCHESTER - UVM professor emeritus Mark Stoler will examine the impact of America's Marshall Plan of the 1940s and 1950s in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on March 6. His talk, "The Marshall Plan Revisited," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Officially called the European Recovery Program, the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s and early 1950s is generally considered one of the most successful programs - if not the most successful - in the history of American foreign relations. Stoler will analyze the origins, passage, and implementation of this program and the reasons for its extraordinary success.

Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D., is co-editor of The Marshall Papers. Dr. Stoler is a distinguished military and diplomatic historian who wrote the acclaimed biography of Marshall, "George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century." He is a professor emeritus at the University of Vermont. The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Mark Skinner Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. "The Marshall Plan Revisited" is sponsored by Keelan Family Foundation.

For more information, contact Mark Skinner Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or, or visit


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