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Chapter 1, “I was a tough little stinker.”
I always thought of Floyd as a Vermonter born and bred, but one of the first things I learned was that he was born in Boston and grew up in Albany. His mother was from Sharon, Vermont, He hated the city, but told me he had figured out how to make it exciting. He said his father was a “vagabond”, running bootleg liquor for the mafia during prohibition, even taking Floyd along.
When: Thu October 19 2017 6:45 PM - Wed July 1 2020 7:45 PM
Chapter 2, World War Two, Churchill, Manitoba: “What in hell we doin’ up here?”
At 97, Floyd Van Alstyne is part of a shrinking cohort of people who fought in World War Two. His experience in Italy was harrowing, but it all began with what was essentially a secret mission to Churchill, Manitoba on the shore of Hudson Bay.
He told me he had been in the local logging camps since the age of 16. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, December 7, 1941, he enlisted at the age of 20. What followed came as a complete surprise and it took him to the subarctic, thousands of miles from the front lines.
When: Fri October 27 2017 10:00 AM - Wed July 1 2020 5:30 PM
Chapter 3, “On Anzio beach I did not think I was going to make it.”
Coming on November 10, 2017. Floyd told me that his life on the farm and in the logging camps of Vermont were what prepared him for the military and for the War. Life in the woods had made him tough and strong and by the time he entered the army he “was used to living dangerously.” So, when he had to face combat in the invasion of Italy in 1942, he “could take it better than some.”
When: Fri November 10 2017 5:45 AM - Wed July 1 2020 2:45 AM
Chapter 4, “Mother nature does as she wishes. You and I don’t mean much when it comes to mother nature.”
Coming on November 24, 2017. Back in Vermont, Floyd and his large family operate a working farm and they all are part of the annual production of hundreds lot gallons of maple syrup - all of it dependent on the vagaries of weather and climate.
When: Fri November 24 2017 2:00 AM - Wed July 1 2020 3:00 AM
Chapter 5, Logs To Lumber – One of the Most Dangerous Jobs
“I never went to high school. I went into the logging camps when I was 16.” And he went on to say, it was the best education he ever had. Using double-bitted axes literally sharp enough to shave with, he learned the old fashioned logging trade at a time when it was all done by hand and with horses and oxen. “It’s one of the most dangerous jobs there is.” Floyd has stayed with logging all his life and now operates a sawmill on his farm with his two grown sons.
When: Sat December 9 2017 4:30 PM - Wed July 1 2020 5:30 PM
June 21 - July 16 Stormy Weather Photo Exhibition, Vermont Photoplace Gallery
Stormy Weather. Photographers battle the elements to obtain some of their most exciting images of the natural world. Rain, snow, sleet, fog, hail, thunderstorms, rainbows, cloudbursts--all these can result in stunning photographs.
When: Tue June 21 2011 12:00 AM - Sat July 16 11:00 PM
"Meet the Author". Neil Goodwin will be participating in the South Royalton History Fair. He will be speaking and reading from his book "We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier".
Neil Godwin, author of the popular recent book, We Go as Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier, discusses the background of the Royalton Raid and some of the intrigues of the war in this region.
PhotoPlace Gallery offers selected artists the opportunity to display their work in artist portfolios. A selection of 40 photographs by Neil Goodwin comprise a "Retrospective Portfolio" and is now on display. Now showing through November 2012.
When: Tue November 1 2011 12:00 AM - Sat December 1 2012 11:45 PM
May 11 - la Librairie Le Merle Moqueur, Paris, France
Neil Goodwin will be signing copies of Les Guerriers Silencieux. Apaches Journaux, the newly published French translation of his book The Apache Diaries: A Father-Son Journey.
51 rue de Bagnolet 75020
tél : 01 40 09 08 80
Neil Goodwin will be signing copies of Les Guerriers Silencieux. Apaches Journaux, the newly published French translation of his book The Apache Diaries: A Father-Son Journey. 53 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Tél. : 04 90 82 36 43
Standing with a camera on a busy city street corner may seem like the opposite of wandering down a country road with a tripod. Both situations, though, provide rich opportunities for profound photographs.
When: Tue July 16 2013 12:00 PM - Sat August 10 6:00 PM
Majestic mountains have the power to move us, from sublime views of mountain ranges to intimate scenes of mountain valleys. The ocean is also another compelling subject for photographers, in all its myriad forms.
When: Tue September 10 2013 11:00 AM - Fri October 4 4:00 PM
I took these photographs during the course of a week spent exploring Death Valley, the Mojave Desert and the gold and silver mining regions of western Nevada. Many other semi-abandoned towns in western Nevada share a similar history, starting with the discovery in the late 19th century of rich ore deposits and the subsequent exhaustion or declining profitability of the mines. The timeless and evocative moonscapes of the deserts and Death Valley lie in eloquent contrast with the fleeting human enterprises of the area.
When: Tue September 17 2013 5:00 PM - Fri November 1 6:00 PM