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Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth – Online Lecture
October 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? What stories have people told about him in the two centuries since he lived and worked in Vermont?
Exploring the story of the first Morgan horse is complicated and fascinating, and is tied up with the idea of Vermont identity, the relationship between humans and animals, the creation of American myth, and much more.
Presenter: Amanda Gustin – Amanda has studied military, religious, and women’s history in the medieval period and nineteenth-century America, and is the Public Programs Coordinator at the Vermont Historical Society.
This program is made possible by the Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau.