Lecture Series


The Brome County Historical Society is proud to host the annual Marion L. Phelps Memorial Lecture Series. We appreciate Mr. Jimmy Manson’s enthusiasm and knowledge and look forward to his stimulating talks on the following themes this winter:

ALL LECTURES AT 1:00 pm at 15 St. Paul, the Old County Courthouse (Knowlton)

Thank-you for donations received at the door.


Part One: Vermont – Eastern Townships’ Dynamic during the 19th Century

Jan. 05 –A Porous Border: The St. Albans’ Raid and the Apprehension of the Confederate Guerillas in the Eastern Townships

Jan. 12 – Defying Jefferson’s Embargo: Smuggling from Vermont into Canada via Missisquoi Bay, before and during the War of 1812

Jan. 19 – Borderland Education: William Twilight and the Influence of Vermont Teachers and Textbooks on Eastern Townships’ Students, circa 1850


Part Two: Important Issues and People in Eastern Townships’ History Between the 1837-1838 Rebellions and the Annexation Manifesto

Feb. 9 – The Misrepresented Missionary: Stanstead’s Jason Lee and the Oregon Boundary Dispute

Feb. 16 – A Majority Restored: Reaction to the Durham Report and the Act of Union in the Eastern Townships

Feb. 23 – Squatters Need not Apply: A History of Land Allocation in the Eastern Townships during the First Half of the 19th Century