Vermont Humanities presents ‘Migration Pathways: Stories of Yesterday and Today’ at Brooks Memorial Library

BRATTLEBORO — Vermont Humanities will present “Migration Pathways: Stories of Yesterday and Today” on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., in the Main Reading Room of the Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street.

Andrew Ingall, creator of the project “Warlé, Yesterday, and Today,” will deliver a slide talk and storytelling exercise inspired by the lives and legacy of Warren Kronemeyer and Leon Ingall, a Vermont couple who were entrepreneurs and civic leaders in Townshend during the 1980s and '90s.

Ingall was a refugee twice: first fleeing the Bolsheviks in 1918 and then again from the Nazis in the late 1930s. Kronemeyer and Ingall's remarkable story of love, adversity, caregiving, and creativity provides a lens to explore similar and divergent experiences of today's LGBTQ+ elders, asylum-seekers, refugees, and migrants.

The afternoon will conclude with a discussion from local organizations that includes an overview of various immigration statuses and avenues toward residency; how these underrepresented communities invigorate cultural, economic, and social life; and how citizens can best support newcomers.

Speakers in attendance will include Kate Paarlberg-Kvam (Community Asylum Seekers Project), Alex Beck (Brattleboro Development Credit Cooperation), Eduardo Meléndez (ECDC Multicultural Community Center), and Abdullah (ArtLords). Learn more about the event at

This program is part of the lineup for the “Where We Land: Stories that Propel Us” Fall Festival, featuring 11 events held across the state during October. The program is free and open to the public and is accessible to people in wheelchairs. For more information, visit or call 802-254-5290.

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