Sam Hand Lecture: The Story of George Aiken

In the 2019 Samuel B. Hand lecture on October 10, Stephen Terry and Louis Augeri will detail George D. Aiken’s life and rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate, and examine how his approach to politics stemmed from his early life as a farmer and horticulturist in Putney, Vermont. They draw from historical records,including the Aiken Papers in Special Collections, to weave a tale that takes us through Aiken’s early life, his rapid ascendance in Vermont politics, his career as a U.S. Senator, and his evolving views of the Vietnam war.

Terry, a UVM alumnus, is a former Aiken staffer (1969-1975), a reporter and managing editor at the Rutland Herald (1975-1985), and senior vice-president at Green Mountain Power (1985-2005). Terry’s books include Philip Hoff: How Red Turned Blue in the Green Mountain State (with Tony Marro and Samuel B. Hand) and The Essential Aiken: A Life in Public Service (edited with Samuel B. Hand). Augeri is a dual Political Science and History major at UVM who worked closely with Nick Muller as a key member of the research team on Samuel B. Hand: Green Mountain Scholar ( 2018). He was the winner of the 2018 Green Mountain Scholar Award for outstanding student research. Terry and Augeri’s book, Say We Won and Get Out : George D. Aiken and the Vietnam War, will be released in mid-November.

The lecture is sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, the Center for Research on Vermont and Silver Special Collections.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Silver Special Collections at [email protected] or (802) 656-2138.