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Maple sugaring author to speak in Wallingford

WALLINGFORD-Maple syrup and maple sugar are richly connected to the history of Vermont. In fact, it's our State's signature product. Although the all too familial sap buckets and horse drawn sleds have disappeared, the maple industry is very much alive and well in Vermont.

The Wallingford Historical Society is proud to announce that the noted author Betty Ann Lockhart will speak about sugaring in Vermont at our next meeting. Come along for a trip through maple time in Vermont, from the 1600s to the mid-twentieth century and hear about the industry and the culture of maple sugar.

Betty Ann is the author of the book "Maple Sugarin' in Vermont: A Sweet History". Her book was the result of delving into records of the Agency of Agriculture and private materials. Photographs by Don Lockhart illustrate the book, along with images from the University of Vermont archives. At the presentation, she will share some fascinating stories from her book, including tales personally related by Wallingford sugarmaker Truman Young and Wells sugarmaker Wilson (Bill) Clark. Antique tools of the industry also have stories to tell, and some will be available for people to see after the presentation.

Through their video production company Perspectives Inc., Betty Ann and Don have produced three video presentations about Vermont maple. Betty Ann and her husband are members of a number of maple organizations, including Rutland County Maple Producers.

The talk will be held at the Town Hall on School Street in Wallingford on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The event is free. Call 446-2514 for information.

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