An Alternative History of the Green Mountain State

Flag of the Republic of Vermont.

Flag of the Republic of Vermont.

Fleeting in its coverage, the Green Mountain article on the Althistory wiki nevertheless points out some interesting wrinkles in a potential alternative history of Vermont.

Reversing the numbers on the vote for Vermont to dissolve the republic and join the fledgling United States leads to avoid the War of 1812, but fend off a number of annexation attempts by the United States and the United Kingdom, including the American Invasion by Abraham Lincoln.

Amusingly, it all shakes out to roughly the same in the end: “Vermont, although not a political superpower, leads in internal peacefulness, having been at peace since 1810,[1] and also has a large tourism industry, due to its large amounts of scenic overlooks and 5-star hotels.

What do you think? Could Vermont have maintained itself as an independent republic, even with the acquisition of New Hampshire’s lands? Would the populace have wanted to?


[1] Apparently the invasions don’t count as wartime?

Geek Things for August 17th

  • Community Garden Workshop, 4:30–6:30PM, St. Johnsbury School, St. Johnsbury. $5 suggested donation; preregistration suggested. (Gardening)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • ‘RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer’, 12AM, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington. $12.50. (Movies)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Culture Change in Contemporary China.” 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Donald H. Wickman – A Very Fine Appearance: The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton, 7–9PM, River Arts Center, Morrisville. Free. (History)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: David Macaulay. Presentation by the author and illustrator of “The Way Things Work.” 6PM, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, Barre. FREE. (Authors)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (KidS)
  • Straw Oboes, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (KidS)

Geek Things for August 16th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Computer Lesson, 5–8PM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands’ & Media That Matters Film Showcase, 7PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Film)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – TRON: Legacy, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘The Aliens’, 7:30PM, Weston Rod & Gun Club, Weston. Tickets start at $24. (Theater)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 2PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • Neil Goodwin – The We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier, 7PM, Old Town Hall, Brookfield. Donations accepted for the Old Town Hall restoration fund. (Authors)
  • Willard Sterne Randall – Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Free; cash bar. (History)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephones, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Green Drinks: CVPS smartPOWER, 7 – 9pm, 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury. (Environmentalism)

 

Geek Things for August 15th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Draw Comics! 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Discussion Series: China’s Transformation – Before the Deluge. 5:30PM, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. Free. (Books)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • East Montpelier Historical Societies Meeting. 6pm, East Calais Community Building, East Calais. (History)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30-5:30pm, Vermont College, Montpelier. (Blood Drive)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation, 12:30pm, Greensboro. (Kids)
  • CLiF Presentation, 10am, Jeudvine Library, Hardwick. (Kids)
  • Leaf Cutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank The Boat, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Contemporary Fiction Book Group – Beowulf, 7:00 PM, South Burlington. (Reading)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Cartoon Studies New Summer Workshop: Animation for Cartoonists with Scott Dikkers, August 15, 2011 to August 19, 2011, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Cartoons)

 

Geek Things for August 3rd

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Tech Savvy – Digital drawing programs with Stuart Granoff. Bring a laptop or use a library computer. 6PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Computers)
  • Brian Lindner – “Humorous and Interesting Plane Crashes in Vermont.” 7:30PM, Milton Historical Society, Milton. Free. (History)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Cohousing: Socioeconomic and Environmental Sustainability at the Village Scale.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Design)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: James Kochalka. 6pm, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Rm, Barre. (Cartooning)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, 1 Glen Road #3, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation – Summer Readers, please make sure to call us at 802-244-0944 to double check the dates and times have not changed. Burlington Recreation and Nutrition Program in Burlington (Reading)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Exloring Balance, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Learn about NOOK Simple Touch! 5:30 PM, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Author Appearance: Jim Butcher, 7pm – 8pm, Cambridge, MA (Author Signing)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. $5 suggested. (Theater)

Geek Things for July 26th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Time-Travel Tuesday, 10AM–5PM, Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12. (History)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Iron Man 2, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat?, 3pm, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force – Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:40am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for July 21st

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Castleton Historical Society Annual Picnic, 6PM, Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Bomoseen. Free; bring a dish to share. (History)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • Summer Reading Program Activity, 10–11AM, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • The Buzz on Bees, 10–11AM at Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Bug Walk, 4–5PM, North Branch Nature Center Montpelier. $3; $5 per family. (Kids)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike. Meet at History Hike parking lot. 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • Water Striders. Meet at the Nature Trail. 2PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • ‘We Walk the Woods! Meet at the Nature Center. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • The Tempest.7:30pm, Unadilla Theatre, 501 Blachly Rd., $20/$10 kids 12 & under, Call for reservations, 456-8968 or http://www.unadilla.org. East Calais. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Chromatography, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Behind the Scenes Tours, 3:00pm, American Precision Museum, Windsor. (Technology)
  • Northshire Mystery and Thriller Reading Group, 2pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 19th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Time-Travel Tuesday, 10AM–5PM, Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12. (History)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – How to Train Your Dragon, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • Game Day, 9:30–10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Homestead Farming” – Contemporary take on the back-to-the-land movement. 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephone, 11:00, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3:00, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, Willard Sterne Randall, 7:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (History)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force – Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for July 12th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Bus Tour of St. Albans Raid Sites – Historian Howard Coffin, 9AM, Brownell Library in Essex Junction. $10; space is limited; preregister; bring a bag lunch. (History)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Dispicable Me, 9PM at Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Anne Stuart & Kristina Douglas – Paranormal Romance Signing, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Authors)
  • Hoopster Glider, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Author Appearance: George RR Martin, 7pm, Barnes and Noble Burlington, MA (Game of Thrones)
  • Explore the OmniGlobe, Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 7th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘September 11, 1814: The Battles at Plattsburgh’, 7PM, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Plattsburgh. Free. (History)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 12–1PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Kids)
  • Teen Club, 4:30–5:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Teens)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘We Walk the Woods!’. Meet at the Nature Center. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Water Striders. Meet at the Nature Trail. 2PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Kristin Kimball: Shelburne – The author of The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love. 7PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Straw Oboes, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 8pm, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier. $25-$30, Info. 229-0492. (Theater)
  • Plainfield Book Club. Discussing “Twilight” and “The Town That Food Saved.”, 6:30pm, Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield. Info. 454-8504. (Books)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 11:30-5:30pm, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. (Blood Drive)
  • Military Vehicle Show. Rte 2, 2 miles from Rte 100 intersection, follow signs, $3/$5 per family. http://www.gmmvc.org, Waterbury. (Military)