Vermont Public Library Foundation, Inc.
 Winnie Belle Learned Fund


About the Winnie Belle Learned Fund -

The Winnie Belle Learned Fund was created in 2007 by Dr. Burnett Rawson in honor of Winnie Belle Learned, a Vermonter, educator, and his benefactress.  Born in 1863 in Westford, Vermont, despite many personal hardships, Ms. Learned received her teaching certificate, and was a teacher and principal in Massachusetts for many years before returning to her native Vermont in 1911where, with a relative, Jennie Burnett, she operated Cherry Hill Farm in Williston.  In 1932, during the Depression, Ms. Learned took notice of Burnett Rawson, a distant relative, and asked his mother’s permission to take him from the family farm in Underhill so that he could study.  Her generosity and vision allowed him to attend the University of Vermont and its medical school. After military service and further medical studies, he practiced urology in New York for many years before retiring to his native Vermont.

Dr. Rawson’s goal for Winnie Belle Learned Fund is to help the small public libraries of Vermont foster literacy, love of learning, critical analysis and intellectual exploration in their communities, particularly among children and their families. 

About Winnie Belle Learned -

Excerpt from Thomas Chittenden's town : a story of Williston, Vermont by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra.  Williston, Vt. : Williston Historical Society, c1998. (in PDF format)

Excerpt from Jennie Maria Burnett Hendricks : and those who preceded her, those who took the journey with her, and those who followed her.  Editors, Charles H. Hendricks and Burton B. Hendricks. [Chapel Hill, NC] : C.H. Hendricks ; [Hershey, PA] : B.B. Hendricks, c1991.   (in PDF format)

Obituary   (in PDF format)

Article "What Is To Become of Friend 'Jack' Now That Miss Learned Is Gone?"  from Burlington Free Press, March 25, 1941.   (in PDF format)

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