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Love, Marriage, and Divorce

A Bennington Historical Society Presentation

The highs and lows of love and heartache, from Victorian wedding gowns to scandalous tales of sexual harassment.

Marriage isn’t what it used to be, but what did it really used to be? In Colonial America, marriage was largely a matter of property and reproduction. Romantic love as we know it today was not considered necessary to wedded bliss until the Victorian era. Some same-sex couples quietly cohabited in the Green Mountains in plain sight during the nineteenth century, although their relationships were not recognized as “marriage” until a century later. Domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and scandal have been tabloid fodder since the earliest days of Vermont’s statehood. Despite changing social customs, we may find that human nature has changed very little over the years, although the nature of marriage continues to shift.

About the Presenter
Callie Raspuzzi has been the Collections Manager at the Bennington Museum for 16 years. She attended Colgate University and has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the George Washington University.

This program will take place in person. A recording will be available for later viewing.

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