HIPPIE RESEARCH: This photo of nude hippies running is part of a collection of Rebecca Lepkoff “Hippie” photos donated to the Vermont Historical Society.

By Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog

Americans will soon get the full monty on the hippie commune movement that invaded Vermont in the 1970s, thanks to a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The taxpayer-funded historical project about oft-nude, drug-addled drifter colonies earned a No. 16 ranking in the 2014 Wastebook report on wasteful government spending.

With $117,521 supplied by taxpayers, the Vermont Historical Society has begun work on “Colleges, Communes and Coops: 1970’s Counterculture and Its Lasting Influence on Vermont.” The two-year research project aims to provide a nostalgic insider look at the nearly 100 hippie farms that overtook Vermont following the Vietnam War youth protest movement.

Written by Bruce Parker

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