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400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

April 20, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A Vermont Humanities Council series hosted by the Hartland Public Library (Windsor County.)

Michael Tougias (pronounced Toe-gis), author of several books, will present a narrated slide presentation about the history and natural history of the Connecticut River based on his book River Days.

Tougias will take the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river on a journey through the past and present. Along the way the author will discuss wildlife, environmental issues, Native Americans, log drives, major floods, and more. Practical tips will be given, including his favorite sections of river to paddle, fish, and camp. Tougias’ slides will also help the viewer find the best spots for photographing wildlife, such as moose and bald eagle. Humor is woven into the talk with a focus on some of Tougias’ misadventures.

Tougias also talks about the river’s connection to his life for each of the 6 decades he has been exploring it. Each period ties into a different source of inspiration. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

The program is suitable for all ages.

Michael Tougias is the author of 29 national bestsellers including several books about true survival stories such as A Storm Too Soon, Rescue of the Bounty, Overboard! So Close to Home, The Finest Hours (now a Disney movie), and Fatal Forecast, which the Los Angeles Times called “breathtaking…a marvelous and terrifying tale.” Tougias also authored an award winning nature and adventure book titled There’s A Porcupine in My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe. His latest history book is Above & Beyond: JFK and U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Booklist gave Above & Beyond a starred review and called it “superb and suspenseful.” His newest book is The Waters Between Us: A Boy, A Father, Outdoor Misadventures, and the Healing Power of Nature.

Visit www.michaeltougias.com for more information.


April 20, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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