Roundtable Discussions

Join us at free, open to the public, second  Thursday Roundtable Discussions on a
different research site each month, held in situ or at 118 Elliot, across from the Fire
Department downtown (site of the Wesselhoeft water cure, where writers flourished).

our next roundtable discussion

Historical & Archival Treasures


Unique, rare, important and humorous historical treasures and archival collections reside within Windham County’s numerous historical societies, public libraries and museums. The Brattleboro Words Project’s Thursday, October 18, 2018 Roundtable Discussion will gather representatives who work with these treasures in recognition of National Archives Month in October. The discussion will take place at 6:00 pm at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301. The Roundtable event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Past Roundtable Discussions

Royall Tyler: Author, Wit and Judge, of Early Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Words Project invites you to join us for a discussion on Royall Tyler, the most important area author of the Federalist era. Marius B. Peladeau, the leading Tyler schololar, and moderator Tom Ragle of Guilford, will join Don McLean, Guilford and Christina Gibbons, Brattleboro, authors of “True as Steele.”

Heaven & Hell: Kipling in Vermont

Kipling is one of the world’s most famous authors, whose time in American, and living in Dummerston, were the happiest, most inspired and productive time of his life.

In this period he composed the two Jungle Books (1894, 1895), the first three Just So Stories (1897), and began thinking about his masterpiece Kim (1901).  

Visit our Roundtable archive to watch a video of the full discussion and video and multi-media archive. 

Estey Organ Company

Dennis Waring leads a discussion at  Brattleboro Words Project’s monthly Roundtable, examining the history of the famous Estey Organ Company and how it helped shape American consumer culture and put Brattleboro on the global map through its innovative advertising and marketing style.

Linotype: The Film

Join the Brattleboro Words Project for a screening of Linotype: The Film followed by a discussion with Bill Soucy, print veteran and co-creator of Brooks Memorial Library’s exhibition Brattleboro’s Printing and Publishing Heyday, 1900-1970.

Words & Abenaki History

This month, Leadership Team members ​Rich Holschuh​ (​Vermont Commission for Native American Affairs​) and ​Joe Rivers (Brattleboro Historical Society) will give a ​presentation and lead a discussion​ ​exploring indigenous Abenaki​ sites, experience, and use of their 12,000 year-old ​Algonquian dialect ​in the context of first contact with Europeans in the Brattleboro area, which they call ​Wantastegok. Roundtable participants are invited to share their knowledge of ​Wantastegok​, Abenaki history, and Algonquian language and enjoy native-inspired refreshments​ during this​ f​ree program​.