Susan Ouellette, professor of history and American studies, spoke May 20, 2018 in Ferrisburgh, VT, at the Rokeby Museum to open its 2018 special program series and season. Her topic was her recently published book, An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman which features research and analysis of the diary of Phebe Orvis, a 19th Century Bristol resident with ties to Vergennes and Middlebury. Earlier she appeared on Brave Little State, VPR’s "people-powered journalism podcast," exploring the history of French Canadian immigration in Vermont. She also was quoted in an April 24 column by James Pindell that appeared in the Boston Globe, titled “Believe it or not, a New England state is the only one to never send a woman to Congress,” in which Susan is quoted about women in Vermont’s political history. The Burlington Free Press interviewed her in March about that same topic. On April 7 Susan and history colleague Jenn Purcell were judges at the Vermont History day competitive event for middle/high school students who produce history projects – winners go on to national history day competitions in Washington, D.C. On April 14 she attended the New England Historical Association conference where she presented a paper “A Pragmatic Revolutionary: The Independence of William Gilliland,” and she is commenting on a panel of papers, “Identities in Conflict in Early America.”
(posted June 2018)
Susan Ouellette, professor of history, has received media attention for her most recent book: Arts writer Brent Hallenbeck in the Burlington Free Press this summer 2017 rounded up books by local authors that might make good summer reads, including Susan’s book, writing: “Susan M. Ouellette, ‘An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820-1830’ (State University of New York Press, Albany) – The history professor at St. Michael’s College in Colchester writes about a woman who kept a detailed journal of her transition from single life to married life in New York and Vermont amid the nation’s evolving economic and social environment.” A report in the Addison County Independent newspaper also told of a presentation Susan made about her book with a reading and book-signing at the Vermont Book Shop in partnership with the Henry Sheldon Museum.
(posted December 2017)
Susan Ouellette, professor of history, has written a book, due for release in June 2017 by SUNY Press, titled An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820-1830. Susan also was a commenter at the New England Historians Association conference in Nashua, NH, on October 22, 2016, for a panel entitled “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History … Sometimes They End up Dead.”
(posted November 2016)