Vermont for the Vermonters / Thur March 7 / 6:00PM

The History of Eugenics in the Green Mountain State: Vermont for the Vermonters

Thursday March 7th @ 6:00PM – 7:00 PM.

Event is free to the public and held at the Waterbury Public Library Steele Room.


Experts in Conversation
Mercedes de Guardiola – Author and Historian
Mariessa Dobrick – Reference Archivist at the Vermont State Archives
Rep. Tom Stevens – VT House of Representatives


Published by the Vermont Historical Society, de Guardiola’s book, Vermont for the Vermonters, examines how the state’s eugenics movement emerged out of the public policies of the nineteenth century and led to state-sanctioned programs of institutionalization, sterilization, family separation, and education aimed at the most vulnerable Vermonters. Exploring the social and political legacy of the movement, de Guardiola brings new scholarship and context to one of Vermont’s darkest chapters.

On Thursday, March 7, de Guardiola will be joined by Reference Archivist, Mariessa Dobrick and Vermont State Representative, Tom Stevens. Each has unique context, history, and modern updates to add to the conversation.


Event is free to the public and held at the Waterbury Public Library Steele Room.

Event is hosted by the Waterbury Public Library, Waterbury Historical Society, and Bridgeside Books.