Dorset Event

DHS: Third Thursday Lunch Lecture June 15

Jun 15 2023 - Jun 15 2023 • Time: Noon - 1pm Education & History

Third Thursday Lunch Lecture

Red Scare in the Green Mountains

Dorset Historical Society

Thursday, June 15 from noon -1pm

DHS June 15 Third Thursday Lecture discusses Red Scare in the Green Mountains, presented by Vermont Humanities speaker, Rick Winston.

The Dorset Historical Society’s Third-Thursday Lunch-Lecture on June 15 will feature Vermont Humanities speaker, Rick Winston.  Rick will talk about the Red Scare in the Green Mountains.

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the recently published “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era,” explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time.

There were several fascinating stories in the Green Mountains, including a high-profile academic firing, a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, and some veteran newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics.

Rick Winston was the co-owner of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater for 29 years, and was Programming Director for the Green Mountain Film Festival for 14 years. He has taught film history at Burlington College, Community College of Vermont, Goddard College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and has made presentations throughout Vermont on film history.

DHS’s TTLLs begin at noon and last about an hour. Attendees are invited to bring some lunch; desserts and drinks will be provided. The event is free, open to all and handicapped accessible. The Dorset Historical Society’s Bley House Museum is located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road. For more information, see or call (802) 867-0331.


Dorset Historical Society’s Bley House Museum