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Sugarin’ Off in the 1940s

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It’s early April and the maple sap is starting to flow, which means it’s time for one of Vermont’s most beloved traditions: The Sugaring-Off Party. This recently rediscovered clip from a 16mm film reel in the Middlebury College Archives records one such party held by students in the early 1940s.

Sponsored by the Mountain Club, the annual outing brought sugar-craving undergrads to the college’s own maple grove near the Bread Loaf Inn. Complete with an evaporation hut for processing freshly-tapped sap into syrup, the “sugar camp” boasted 1,100 trees on land bequeathed to the college by Joseph Battell in 1915. Photographs from the 1939 party even made it onto the pages of LIFE Magazine.

Mountain Club Members 1932

Mountain Club Members 1932

After hiking up to the orchard, “Sugarman” Boudreau helped the eager students collected sap and boil it to produce thick maple syrup. Like any good Vermont sugar-makers, the students diligently (and by no means begrudgingly) inspected the results with generous helpings on snow with pickles and doughnuts. Others chose the more exhaustive measure of quality control by vigorously whipping the syrup until it hardened into maple candy.

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida uses an oldtime yoke to carry sugar pails

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida 1948

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Artist Mark Podwal to Speak at Middlebury

Middlebury Voices in the News: Guggenheim Fellowship, Election Fundamentals, TV Storytelling

Classics Department Celebrates Endowment, Naming

College Mourns Loss of Staff Member

New Summer Course Offers Tour of Vermont Food System

Middlebury Senior Will Use ‘Projects for Peace’ Grant to Spread Design Thinking Among Pakistani Youth

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

The Middlebury College Museum of Art Closed While We Acquire a New Sculpture

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The Middlebury College Museum of Art Acquires a New Sculpture

On Friday, May 1, 2015 the Middlebury College Museum of Art will be closed to allow for the installation of an important new sculpture in the Boesky Family Entrance Court created by the contemporary Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens (b.1951). The work, titled Some Need is a wall sculpture comprised of manipulated strips of copper wire that extend outward from the wall. When illuminated by bright light the wire creates shadows that can be read as text. Eerdekens’ work has been described as “the interplay between light, materials and language.” It is simultaneously simple yet artful and the eight phrases that comprise Some Need form a sequence of words that reflect on human actions–-both physical and intellectual.

The Museum will resume regular hours on Saturday, May 2. Please come and enjoy the most recent addition to our permanent collection. If you have questions please call the Museum at 443-2291 or 443-2309.

Scrivener: Software for Writers Workshop

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Write Your Thesis with Scrivener
Library Workshop
Wednesday, April 29th
4:30-5:30pm
Register

library workshopAre you working on a large writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks,” and brings your research and writing together into a single conceptual workspace.

The library will offer a Scrivener workshop on April 29th at 4:30p.m. Participants will learn how to create a new writing project, how to import existing work, and how to outline, research, and write with Scrivener’s unique features. This workshop is aimed at thesis writers but is open to all members of the College community. For more information on Scrivener and to sign up for the workshop, visit go.middlebury.edu/scrivener.

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Middlebury Sets Tuition and Fees for 2015-16 Academic Year

Veteran Political Strategist Donna Brazile to Speak at Mead Chapel

Classics Dept. Named in Honor of Eve Adler; Harvey Mansfield To Deliver 1st Adler Lecture, April 13

Middlebury Mourns the Death of Student Nathan Alexander

Annual Spring Symposium Will Showcase Students’ Creative and Intellectual Work

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, April 17th

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From Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:
Maintenance Window: 12:00am to 4:00am ET on April 17, 2017
In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance during the window above. At this time, your site will be operational but may notice a slight decrease in performance.
Sincerely,
Remote-Learner Technical Support

Clothing Guide 1944-45, from the Archives

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For the 1944-45 school year, the Student Union published these handy HELPS AND HINTS as part of a clothing guide (for women). For example, “No Rubber Boots are to be worn to the dining-rooms, or to lectures and concerts unless the weather is very severe and there is no opportunity to change.” And don’t get us started on shorts. “Shorts are never to be worn in the dining rooms…they are never to be worn downtown unless one is going through town on a bicycle. Then don’t stop to shop or have a coke. Plan those shopping or coking expeditions for sometime when you don’t have shorts on.” Unless, of course, you remembered your leg make-up.


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