Stories from Vermont's Marble Valley

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In the nineteenth century, Rutland was the center of a booming marble industry. By the early twentieth century, the Vermont Marble Company was considered the largest U.S. corporation in the world. Today, the region of southwestern Vermont that runs from Middlebury in the north to Dorset in the south is still called "the Marble Valley, " and visitors flock every year to tour the Vermont Marble Museum and the International Carving Studio and to picnic in the quarries. In this first comprehensive history, Mike Austin chronicles the hardships, religious lives, labor struggles and triumphs of the Marble Valley's workers and industrious settlers. Complete with excerpts from firsthand accounts and news clippings, this wide-scoping history gives an intimate portrayal of the men and women who shaped the Vermont Marble Valley and made it their home.
ISBN: 9781596299252
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Vermont
Images: 45
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Mike Austin has been involved in higher education for over thirty years. He was nominated at Southern Illinois University for an Excellence in Teaching Award and received the Excellence in Teaching Award several times at the College of St. Joseph in Vermont. His advanced degrees include a master's in English from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in history from the University of New Hampshire. His area of specialty is nineteenth-century American history, the Gilded Age. Austin received the prestigious Charles Swain Thomas Award from the New England Association of Teachers of English. He is past president of the Vermont Council of Teachers of English, past president of the New England Association of Teachers of English and is current president of the Vermont Alliance for Social Studies. He has written extensively on the region and has directed many local, state and federal grants. He is a member of the Dimensions of Marble executive board and is currently is project director of a Teaching American History grant at Castleton State College.