Jane Beck, Vermont’s first and longest serving folklorist is Director Emeritus of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.Susannne Rappaport was recognized for her body of work in 2014 when she received the Vermont Historical Society’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.Both clearly fit the profile of past Hildene Award honorees, Senator James Jeffords, Darby Bradley, Linda Ramsdell, Andrea Rogers, and Paul Bruhn.
2015 Hildene Award honorees, Jane Beck and Susanne Rappaport, collectively devoted nearly 100 years of their lives to preserving the stories, traditions and legacies of Vermonters.
Their efforts have enabled future generations to learn about, experience and interact with their Green Mountain State heritage.
When Reverend King delivered his famous “I have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, he said, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow I stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation …
a great beacon of light and hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.” It then was, and now is, widely known that Lincoln hated slavery from the time he began to form his own thoughts as a young man and it was Lincoln who brought about the end of slavery.
When speaking of Susanne Rappaport, Molly Biggs Celani, President of the Board of Trustees of the Slate Valley Museum, reminisced that, “Susanne taught us to see that the history of a place is about the history of the people of that place.” When introducing Jane Beck, Gregory Sharrow, co-executive director, with Andy Kolovos, of the Vermont Folklife Center expressed the feelings of many in attendance, saying, “Thanks to Jane many things that would have remained unknown are known, and many elements of our history that were hidden are revealed.” Ken Moriarty, Chairman of the Hildene Board of Trustees, then presented the awards to Jane Beck and to Eileen Travell, Susanne’s lifelong friend, with praise for their accomplishments.
Given annually, the Hildene Award has two key components: In addition to honoring the achievements of the recipients, the award includes a ,000 prize which is given to a deserving non-profit project in Vermont of their choosing and for which ,000 would make a real difference.
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Bongartz will suggest a progression through which Lincoln eventually began to line up his disdain for slavery with the reality of blacks being fully entitled to the same rights and privileges afforded whites.
There will also be time for questions and discussion.
On September 11 at Hildene, Jane and Ken Moriarty, who have been doing their own canning for years, will lead participants in making a simple tomato sauce in a “how-to-begin home pressure canning workshop.” Starting with how to prepare vegetables through to the finished Mason jar, participants will learn about supplies and techniques that make canning fun and easy.