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MARK BUSHNELL is a historian and researcher whose column, “Life in the Past Lane,” has informed and entertained readers of Vermont newspapers for nearly a decade. Mark got his start in journalism when, fresh out of Middlebury College, he was hired as a reporter and photographer by Vermont's St. Albans Messenger. He later worked as a staff writer and editor at the Rutland Herald and Times Argus newspapers in Vermont.

Mark's freelance writing has appeared in Vermont Life magazine, the Chicago Tribune and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of It Happened in Vermont (Globe Pequot, 2009), a popular history book; and Discover Vermont: The Vermont Life Guide to Exploring Our Rural Landscape (Vermont Life, 2005). He has written chapters for Lake Champlain: An Illustrated History (Adirondack Life, 2009), Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President (Steerforth Press, 2003), and A Vermont Century: Photographs and Essays from the Green Mountain State (Rutland Herald and Times Argus, 1999).

In 2005, Mark won a historical feature award from the International Regional Magazine Association. In addition to his own research for his column and book projects, Mark has conducted research for the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont. He is a member of the Center for Research on Vermont at UVM. Mark grew up in Boston and Philadelphia and lives in Middlesex, Vermont.

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