Every year a state literary prize is awarded by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life in the name of Ralph Nading Hill Junior. Hill was a historian and writer known as “the memory of the state.” The prize reflects Hill’s affection for Vermont and all it stands for. This year’s winner is Essex resident Kendall Chamberlin. His winning essay, “Hercules”, is about a favorite local resident and symbol of Vermont’s homesteading past. VPR’s Jane Lindholm headed over to Essex to talk with Mr. Chamberlin, and discovered that Hercules is actually a prize-winning steer.
Ralph Nading Hill contest
Note: Text of the winning entry, “Hercules” will be published in the September issue of Vermont Life Magazine.