Spring 2007 / Volume #1 / Number 3
Sketch by 19th Century Vermont
Painter Donated to Society
A Franklin Gilman (shown below) has been donated to the collections of the
Vermont Historical Society by J. Brooks Buxton of Jericho. The Society owned
and operated the Kent Tavern, the centerpiece of the sketch, from the 1940s to
the late 1990s.
Gilman worked with a variety of mediums – oil, crayon, watercolor, or etching – in
creating his detailed Vermont landscapes. Measuring 20 inches by 30 inches, the Kent’s
Inside this Issue Corners picture is noteworthy for Gilman’s inclusion of nine members of the Kent family
in the scene. “This is the only one of Gilman’s landscapes of farm and family in which the
• Trapp Family photos people look posed,” writes Adele Godchaux Dawson in her 1975 book, James Franklin
acquired Gilman: Nineteenth-Century Painter. Family stories told by the Kent family say that
• Vermont Days, June 9 & 10 Gilman posed three different groups of people and made sketches of them, which he later
• Spanish III students placed in the ﬁnished picture.
translate exhibit “The Gilman drawing represents the best of what the Vermont Historical Society
• Postings from Vermont’s is looking for in a new acquisition,” said VHS Curator Jackie Calder. “The visual
Local Historical Societies documentation of a known community within the Vermont landscape, the quality of
the artist’s work, and information about the Kent family – which adds to the Society’s
• History Expo Update
collection of Kent family papers – make this a very important addition to our collections.”
VHS is home to the largest collection of Gilman paintings and drawings. Gilman
worked in Vermont, principally in Washington
County, from 1872 to 1891. During his long career
he produced approximately 300 paintings of New
England farms, homes, ﬁelds, and landscapes. The
acquisition of the Kent’s Corners sketch adds to the
39 Gilman prints, paintings, or drawings owned by
J. Brooks Buxton is a trustee of the Vermont
Historical Society and a prominent collector of
Vermont art. He serves as co-chair of the VHS
collections committee and has donated several
important Vermont paintings to the Society in the
past two years.
The Society will display the Gilman picture at
its museum facility in the Pavilion building on State
Street in Montpelier. “This is a signiﬁcant central
Vermont picture,” VHS Director J. Kevin Graffagnino
said, “and we want to make sure that residents of the area in which Gilman lived and
worked will have the chance to see it in conjunction with our ‘Freedom and Unity: One
Ideal, Many Stories’ permanent exhibit.”
F r o m t h e D i r e c t o r
A Statewide History Community
Volume #1, Number 3
History Connections is published
four times a year by the
Vermont Historical Society.
M ost members and friends of the Vermont Historical Society know that
VHS is fortunate to be part of a strong, vibrant network of heritage
organizations in our state. Not a week goes by that we don’t interact
substantively with local historical societies, state agencies, museums, libraries, and
other entities working on some aspect of Vermont’s past. Sometimes VHS is in
the lead; sometimes we’re part of the group; and occasionally we’re just helping
The Vermont Historical Society out with a great initiative someone else has launched – but in almost every case
engages both Vermonters and Vermonters beneﬁt from the collegial and collaborative spirit these cooperative
“Vermonters at heart” in the ventures generate.
exploration of our state’s rich heritage. The range of institutional resources available for anyone interested in Vermont
Our purpose is to reach a broad
history is impressive. At the local level, there are 196 active town historical societies
audience through our outstanding
collections, statewide outreach and
in Vermont, up from about 150 a decade ago. At VHS we like to think our Vermont
dynamic programming. We believe History Expo, with its emphasis on providing a popular display venue for local
that an understanding of the past heritage, has been a driving force in that increase, but whatever the reason it’s
changes lives and builds better encouraging that almost every community in the state with a population over 300
communities. now has its own historical society. Take a look at the publications, lectures and
presentations, school programs, and exhibits these organizations provide, and it’s
Executive Director: pleasing to see that Vermont natives and newcomers alike have easy access to
J. Kevin Graﬀagnino information about the history of their towns.
Editor: Kate Paine Move up a step in size, and you have to be proud of Vermont’s outstanding
Copy Editor: Alan Berolzheimer historical entities. How many small states have museums like Shelburne Museum,
Design: RavenMark, Inc. Billings Farm and Museum, Bennington Museum, The Henry Sheldon Museum of
Printing: Ecolor Printers Vermont History, the Old Stone House in Brownington, Fairbanks Museum, Rokeby
in Ferrisburgh, and the “Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories” VHS exhibit at
Vermont History Center, Barre the Pavilion in Montpelier? Or organizations like the Preservation Trust of Vermont
Tel: 802-479-8500 and the Vermont Humanities Council? On the research collections side, all VHSers
Fax: 802-479-8510 know that the Society’s library is extraordinary for its Vermont sources, but we’re
Museum & Store, Montpelier awfully glad to have the remarkable holdings of the Wilbur Collection at UVM, the
Tel: 802-828-2291 libraries at Bennington and Sheldon, the state colleges, and the Vermont holdings at
Fax: 802-828-1415 local libraries throughout the state available as well.
www.vermonthistory.org And let’s not forget state government. Where would we be without the Division
email@example.com for Historic Preservation and its work on Vermont’s built environment, archaeology,
highway markers, historic sites, downtown revitalization, historic barn programs, and
Business Hours: other services? Take away the rich collections of the State Archives and the Public
Vermont History Center, Barre Records division, and there would be sizeable gaps in our knowledge of Vermont
Library: Tues-Fri / 9am -4:30pm history. If State Curator David Schutz and the Friends of the State House organization
2nd Saturday of each month / were not part of the equation, our splendid capitol and its furniture, artwork and
9am-4pm other treasures might languish unattended. The Division of Tourism and Marketing
Administrative Oﬃces & Store: puts substantial time and money into heritage tourism; the Department of Education
Mon-Fri / 9am -4:30pm has a position devoted to social studies and history in our schools; other state
Pavilion Building, Montpelier agencies provide funding for heritage projects; the administration and legislature are
Museum & Store: always attentive to the role history plays in the quality of life in Vermont – add it
Tues-Sat / 10am -4pm all up, and we’re lucky indeed to have a state government that appreciates history’s
Sundays May to October: importance to our state.
Noon-4pm VHS is stronger for having these partners in our work. We’re proud that we’re
Museum Admission: the oldest heritage organization in Vermont, and we know our programs, services
Families: $12; Adults: $5; Students, and activities are valuable to all Vermonters, but everyone at the Society is well
children, seniors: $3; Members & aware that it’s a team effort. Vermont wins when VHS works as part of the whole,
children under 6: Free; and having such a strong roster of cultural heritage partners is gratifying indeed.
Student school groups: Free
Non-members: $5; – J. Kevin Graﬀagnino, VHS Executive Director
Members and students: Free
L i b r a r y N e w s
P hotographs are some of the most popular materials in the collections
of the VHS Library. Researchers and visitors love to look at old
photographs and see what familiar places used to look like.
We can almost imagine ourselves stepping back in time when we look into
an old photograph.
The VHS Library is always seeking additions to our photograph
collections. Sometimes, however, owners of historic photographs do not
want to part with the originals. In these cases it is possible to make digital
copies of selected photographs. Following up on that idea, for the second
year in a row, the VHS Library will have a booth at the Vermont History Expo
set up to scan photographs for the Society’s permanent collections. Library staff and The Scanning Photographs
volunteers will be available to create digital copies of photographs brought to Expo. for the Future table was
ﬁrst featured at Vermont
Ideally, photos should show some activity, structure, or landscape from the past.
History Expo last year.
Studio portraits, photocopies, and newspaper clippings will not be scanned. There
Members from the Library
will be a limit of ﬁve photographs per household. Copies of these photographs will
staff work with visitors to
become part of the Society’s collections for use by future generations. Owners will
scan their historic pictures.
be asked to sign a release and provide any known information about the images; if
they wish, owners will receive a CD containing copies of the images. People who
want to bring already scanned photographs on CDs may do so as long as they are
Trapp Family Photographs at Library
O ne of the most enduring tales of struggles for freedom in
the 20th century is the story of the emigration of the von
Trapp family from Austria to the United States in the 1939.
The family, chased out of their native country by the Nazis, ﬁrst settled in
Pennsylvania. Then, in 1942, they purchased a 600-acre tract of land on
a hillside in Stowe, whose topography reminded them of their homeland.
There they built a home, a summer camp, and eventually a lodge and ski
center. For the past 65 years the family’s home and hostelry has been a
The Vermont Historical Society recently purchased a collection of
photographs from the early years of the Trapp family in Vermont. In 1944
the family rented an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp near their
Stowe home and established a music camp there. Over a thousand
people of all ages and from all walks of life made their way to Stowe to
learn a cappella singing and recorder playing. The camp was discontinued
after the summer season in 1956, when the family began to develop new
avenues for their creativity and hospitality.
The photo collection that is now in the Society’s library is comprised
of professional photographs of activities at the camp and publicity
photographs of the family. The collection includes a scrapbook with 26
images and about 35 loose postcards. From the markings on the images,
it appears that the postcards were created by the company that produced
the postcards for the family. Although some of these photographs were
already in the Society’s postcard collection, the new collection gives a broader A photo of the Trapp family
view of the family’s activities and their early efforts to create one of the landmarks now in the VHS collection.
of Vermont tourism.
M u s e u m N e w s
Ernie Haas Donates Painting
W ell-known maritime
artist Ernie Haas
donated one of his
paintings to the Society this past year.
The Chateaugay in Burlington
Harbor Circa 1895 (right) depicts the
famous steamboat with the Burlington
waterfront in the background. Put
into service in 1888, The Chateaugay
was the ﬁrst iron-hulled steamboat
on Lake Champlain. In 1937 it was
cut into pieces and moved on ﬂatcars
to Lake Winnipesaukee in New
Hampshire. It was launched in 1940
and continues service today as the
diesel-powered M.S. Mount Washington II. before retiring to South Burlington, has combined his
This vibrant painting of Vermont’s bustling late- love of history and painting into a successful career. The
nineteenth-century waterfront city is a prime example painting makes a valuable addition to the VHS collections
of Haas’s beautifully rendered and historically accurate and can be seen on display at the Vermont History Center
artwork. The artist, who taught history for 20 years in Barre.
Vermont Days Weekend June 9 and 10
V ermont Days is a free statewide event celebrating Vermont’s natural resources, history, and talent brought
to you by the Dapartment of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Fish & Wildlife, Tourism & Marketing, and the
Division of Historic Preservation, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Vermont Arts Council, Vermont
Information Centers, and
many supportive state
employees and volunteers.
Free admission is enjoyed
to the following: day use
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, William Jenney
at Vermont State Parks,
ﬁshing on Saturday, June
9th, entrance to state-
owned historic sites and the
Vermont Historical Society
including live music and
artistic demonstrations, and
Vermont dairy products. Find
other special events and
locations in your area at
E d u c a t i o n a l O u t r e a c h
Los estudiantes de Vermont traducen los
materiales del museo*
V tors from all over the world come to explore
e “Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many
Stories” exhibit in Montpelier. Now, thanks to the
work of Montpelier High School’s Spanish III class,
Spanish-speaking visitors will have a more meaningful
soon after. “This has really been a meaningful experience,”
said Meredith Whitney, a member of the class. “I had the
chance to apply what I have learned in Spanish to
something outside the classroom. I felt like an expert in
something by sharing it with others and was able to make
museum experience. Under the guidance of teacher Ellen a positive change. For me, it is one of the best ways to
Sholk and service learning coordinator Matt McLane, these learn.”
students have completed a translation of an exhibit The philosophy of service leaning is to create
overview into Spanish. opportunities for students to connect their studies with a
Foreign language translations of the exhibit have been community need. The Society has worked with local
on the Society’s “wish list” for some time, but Education schools on service learning projects before. Last year, 7th
Director Amy Cunningham’s recent trip to Argentina made graders from Main Street Middle School created a timeline
it a high priority. “From a visitor’s perspective,” Amy of recent Montpelier history that is still on display at the
recalls, “I began to understand what a difference it made museum.
in my museum experience to have a simple overview of In addition, the French Club of South Burlington High
the exhibition in my native language. It really opened my School, under the guidance of Marc Juneau, is currently
eyes to the importance of our providing the same resource working on a French translation that will be ready this
to non-English speakers at our Montpelier museum.” summer. They were inspired to undertake this project after
The Spanish III class kicked off their project by bringing an exchange group of Quebec students to the
inviting Amy to visit their classroom. She shared comment museum in March.
cards with them in Spanish, written by museum visitors We are grateful to these students and teachers for
from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Belize. The students their important contributions.
dove into the project with enthusiasm, visiting the *Translation of heading: Vermont students translate
museum the next week and completing their translations museum materials
L st issue’s mystery photo was
identiﬁed for us by Martha
Howard, Assistant Director of the
Thetford Historical Society. Ms. Howard
recognized this scene as a section of old
Route 5, now known as Pavilion Road, in
Thetford. She even sent us a modern photo
of the same scene, which looks very similar
This issue’s mystery photo is from a
glass plate negative in the recently processed
papers of Mabel and Milo Turner. Rev. Turner
served parishes in Coventry, Newbury, Burke,
East Haven, Franklin, Barton, Swanton,
Randolph, Bethel, Windsor, and Hartland.
This store may be located in one of these
communities. If you can identify this photo, l
please contact the Society’s librarian,
Paul Carnahan, at 802-479-8508 or
Vermont’s Local Historical Societies
Barre Historical Society entrance off the selectboard’s meeting room. Bradford Historical Society
We have dedicated our room to Richard
Chet Briggs, president Nye and his mother Mary Greene Nye, and Larry Coffin, president
PO Box 496, Barre VT 05641 also to Harold and Hilda Woodbury. The 67 Summer Street, Bradford VT 05033
802-476-0567 collection of Berlin memorabilia that Richard 802-222-4011
firstname.lastname@example.org Nye left to us provided the foundation for email@example.com
The Barre Historical Society is hosting our entire collection and the money to get The Bradford Historical Society owns
the following events during the Primo us started. The house that the Woodburys one of four remaining undated Wilson
Maggio Celebration 2007: bequeathed us provided the $30,000 that globes sold in 1810. The Society is having
we turned over to the town in return for the the Williamstown Art Conservation Center
April 30: If Stone Could Speak (“Se la pietra
k space allotted to us as well as the funds to examine its globe and propose a
sapesse parlare”) keep us in existence. restoration/conservation project. The
World Premiere and first public screening of Our year has revolved around moving Society has established a special globe fund
film by Randy Croce (University of our collection out of the way before to help raise the approximately $5000 that
Minnesota) on the Italian immigration to construction on the renovation began in July it will cost to have the globe restored.
Barre. Dessert and coffee served. At the and then back into the new location about
the middle of September. However, we are April 14: Quilt Documentation Day,
Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, 7:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Bradford
Free admission. all settled in now and our collection is again
accessible. Academy Auditorium. Vermont
May 1: “Primo Maggio: Origins and history We participated in the Berlin festival in Quiltsearch documented pre-1960 quilts.
of the Workers’ Holiday” September where we posted an exhibit at Each quilt was photographed and an oral
Prof. Rudolph Vecoli (University of the Berlin Elementary School. The grand condition report given to the owner by the
Minnesota Emeritus), guest speaker. marshall of the parade was our president, appraisers. The information was then
Traditional Italian dinner, cash bar. Norbert Rhinerson. Norb was so honored entered into the Quiltsearch data bank.
Fundraiser for Labor Hall Restoration Fund. for the many, many hours of service he has April 25: “Bradford is a Baseball Town.”
At the Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, put in for the Town of Berlin. In addition to A panel discussion about town/school
6:00 p.m. Tickets $18 per person. For being the longtime president of the Berlin baseball in Bradford’s history. Museum’s
reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org Historical Society, he serves on the Sewer baseball exhibit open for the event. 7:00 p.
or call 476-8777. Board and as chairman of the Cemetery m., Bradford Academy Auditorium.
The principal underwriter is The Committee..
May 19: Tour of the Ely Mine site. In
National Italian American Foundation Our meetings are held on the fourth
cooperation with the West Fairlee
(www.niaf.org). With additional support Tuesday of most months at 7:00 p.m. at the
Historical Society, we will tour the site of
from the Vermont Labor History Society town office building. The public is always
the Ely Mine village, with optional climb to
and the Green Mountain Forum. welcome. If you are interested in receiving
the mine site. Meet at West Fairlee
email notices of our meetings, in joining our
Museum (next to Bean Hall), Main St., West
Berlin Historical Society organization (dues are $10 a year), or
Fairlee at 1:00 p.m. Rain date Sunday, May
viewing any part of our collection, contact
Norbert Rhinerson, president any one of our officers:
Norb Rhinerson, President - June 9: Alumni Day at the museum.
108 Shed Road, Berlin VT 05602
email@example.com Hours 10:00 a.m. – noon.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Vern Turner, Vice President - June 23-24: Vermont History Expo 2007
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Our exhibit
www.berlinvt.org/bhs.htm Richard Turner, Secretary - topic: “History of the Bradford Strawberry
email@example.com Industry.” We are looking for artifacts,
This is the year when it finally Mary Wells, Treasurer - pictures, and information on this topic.
happened. We now have permanent firstname.lastname@example.org
quarters in the town office building. For a July 6: Concert in the park by Newmont
number of years the selectboard has You may also email the Historical Military Band, 7:00 p.m. Free-will
allowed us to maintain temporary residence Society office computer at historicalsociety@ collection. Annual Strawberry Festival will
in a cubicle that was carved out of the large berlinvt.org We still need your help in begin at 1:00 p.m., sponsored by the
meeting room. But since the recently preserving the history of Berlin. Your stories, Eastern Star/Masons. Rain location:
completed renovation of the interior of the pictures, and artifacts are vital to that Bradford Academy Auditorium.
town office building, we now have a room history. Please make a note this year to make
July 18: Panel discussion on the history of
that is dedicated for our use. We have an these treasures available for present and
the Bradford strawberry industry. 7:00 p.
outside entrance, which was the old Berlin future Berliners by sharing them with us.
m., Bradford Academy Auditorium.
Police Department entrance, and another
August 3: Concert in the park by McLure July 19: Daniel Bean will speak on “The Cavendish Historical Society
Alumni Band. 7:00 p.m. Free-will collection. Orphan Trains.”
Rain location: Bradford Academy August 16: Speaker Victor Rolando’s topic Margo Caulfield, coordinator
Auditorium. will be “Iron Mining.” PO Box 472, Cavendish VT 05142
August 17: Concert in the park by “Spare 802-226-7807
Sept. 20: Adam Kane of Lake Champlain email@example.com
Parts.” 7:00 p.m. Free-will collection. Rain Maritime Museum will present his new
location: Bradford Academy Auditorium. program, entitled “Shipwrecks of Lake The Cavendish Historical Society has
September 8: Graveyard Gossip 2007: Champlain.” This will entail some of the most been gearing up its activities during the
“Ghosts of Main Street II.” Seventh annual treacherous stories on the lake from the past year with the hiring of Margo Caulfield
reenactment will feature residents of the Revolutionary War to the present. As Adam’s as the new coordinator. Archives, budget,
northern portion of Main Street. Time and program brochure states, “With over 300 building, membership/fundraising, and
gathering place to be announced. Rain date: wrecks in its dark, cold waters, Lake programs committees have been created in
Sunday, Sept. 9. Champlain has witnessed feats of heroism, an effort to add new layers of organization
and terrible tragedies. Take a memorable to the Society.
October 16: Annual pot luck supper. The Society presented a Life Time
Program on the Vermont Women’s History tour through slides, drawings and video of
what lies beneath the waves.” Achievement Award to Carmine Guica on
Project. Supper at 6:00 p.m., program to January 30. Guica, a former president of
follow. Those who wish to participate in the October 18: Vincent Feeney, a member of the Society, has used his passion for history
supper should bring a hot dish, salad, or the Speakers Bureau of the Vermont and genealogy to greatly further the
other item to share. Dessert and beverages Humanites Council, will present his program understanding of Cavendish and the people
will be provided. Location: vestry of the on “The Allen Brothers: Original Vermont who have lived there. Whether it was
UCC Church. Developers,” discussing Ira and Ethan Allen as using a metal detector to explore
real estate developers. abandoned cellar holes, spending hours in
Bristol Historical Society Montpelier researching family lines (the
Cambridge Historical Society results of which can be seen in the series,
Sylvia Coffin, president “Families of Cavendish Vol. I-III”), or
19 West Street, Bristol VT 05443 Ron Little, president learning about those buried in the
802-453-3439 PO Box 16, Jeffersonville VT 05464 Revolutionary Cemetery on the Crown
firstname.lastname@example.org 802-644-5675 Point Road, Cavendish is a richer
At the 2006 meeting of the League of email@example.com community thanks to Carmine. CHS
Local Historical Societies, our own Ted Lylis www.gmavt.net/~rgtle/ presented Carmine with a framed Winston
received recognition for his work with our In 2006, the Cambridge Historical Churchill photograph along with a picture
society. Ted has worked tirelessly for years to Society published its first book, The of the Tarbell Hill School, where Carmine
get the renovation of our Howden Hall off Sugarhouses of Cambridge Vermont. The book, was a student.
the ground. Our museum is housed here and a compendium of sugarhouses in the town The Cavendish Historical Society and
needed serious work from its cupola to its both past and present, was compiled by co- Concerned Citizens for Cavendish are
basement. Ted worked with a local builder president Roberta Marsh. The book proved planning a series of economic workshops to
who had successfully bid on this first phase. very successful, even winning an award from emphasize local achievements, constructive
In addition, Ted has done research on local VHS. Along with the society’s yearly actions, relationships, and visions within our
topics and continues to bring fresh ideas to fundraiser, Old Farm Days in October, the community, which we can then build on,
our executive board. This past fall he became book sales put the Cambridge Historical ultimately contributing to a sustainable
the treasurer and does a remarkable job Society on sound financial footing for the first development and a secure future for
keeping records. time since its incorporation in 2000. Cavendish. The first workshop will take
During the spring, summer, and fall we In 2007, the Cambridge Historical place on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the
invite the public to join us to hear our Society is embarking on another significant Cavendish Elementary School, with follow-
speakers. Our meeting is on Thursday project. Funded by seed money from a up sessions taking place throughout the
evening at Howden Hall in Bristol, across generous member, CHS will begin to compile summer and early fall.
from the St. Ambrose Catholic Church. oral histories of community members. 7
On May 26 and 27, the Society
Meetings are free and begin at 7:30 followed Several CHS members attended a workshop will be participating in the Fiber Arts
by refreshments. The business meeting ends at the Vermont Folklife Center about oral Festival, held in conjunction with the
the evening. Our speaker schedule is as history projects over the winter and in May statewide Open Studio program, on the
follows: Greg Sharrow of the Folklife Center will Proctorsville’s Green. Please stop by and
speak to the membership about the process see us.
May 17: Local historian Gertrude Bingham
of collecting oral histories. The hope is that The Society’s museum will open for
will speak on “Boarding House Living.”
these histories will become a permanent part the season on June 3. Hours are every
June 21: Second Annual Artifact Night. A Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m.
of the CHS collection with others being
pot luck supper is followed by a “show and There will be a two-part fundraiser on
added as time and money permit. The final
tell” from community members of their June 23, beginning with a dinner at the
product, a DVD or video, should help, once
family artifacts and the history behind these Golden Stage Inn at 5:30 p.m., and including
again, to fund other community projects.
artifacts. Last year we had a varied collection a barn dance after the dinner. Cost is $60.
that ranged from a family Delft milk pitcher Yankee Chank, the hot Cajun/Zydeco
to Revolutionary War documents.
dance band, featuring Bob Naess on fiddle, numerous individuals acting out living history May 19: Speaker Richard Allen will
will play for the barn dance at the Cavendish events. The highlight will be a torchlight present “Williston’s Historic District” from
Inn Barn. The dance starts at 7:30, with the parade through Main Street at dusk, with all 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Alling
barn opening at 7:00. Dance instruction is regiments participating. The Green Mountain Library. The event is co-sponsored by the
provided. Tickets for the dance only are $20 Railroad will offer excursions on the Green Williston Historical Society. It will be
and includes snacks. Mountain Flyer from Bellows Falls to Chester. followed by a walking tour, led by Ginger
While the 4th of July Flea Market and A dinner will be held at the elementary Isham, and lunch at the Old Brick Café.
Plant Sale has been a tradition in Cavendish school sponsored by the Rotary club. The In keeping with this year’s Vermont
for many years, the Society has decided to go Vermont Chamber of Commerce has History Expo theme of “Travel and
back even further by restarting “Cavendish designated the Civil War Expo as one of the Transportation: How Vermonters Got
Old Home Day” on the Saturday before the top ten fall events in the state. (Civil War There From Here,” CCHS’ exhibit at the
4th ((June 30). Visitors will be able to Expo 2005 was named the Reenactment of event on June 23-24 will be “Bicycling:
purchase plants and have a tour of the the Year by the Civil War Preservation Then and Now.”
museum, and there will also be new daylong Trust.) The businesses here in town have July 22: Our annual meeting will take
activities with many town groups enthusiastically donated funds to help place from 2-4 p.m. at the Huntington
participating. sponsor this great event. Community Library. Duncan Keir will
speak on the “History of the Huntington
Charlotte Historical Society Chittenden County Historical Community Library.”
Society The library has two painted theater
Mary Lighthall, secretary curtains on view. The event is co-
4205 Ethan Allen Highway Ann Arms, program chair sponsored by the Huntington Historical
Charlotte VT 05445 PO Box 3097, Burlington VT 05408 Society, and will conclude with an ice
802-425-2410 802-863-5155 cream social.
Last year the Charlotte Historical During the month of March 2007, the Dorset Historical Society
Society hosted two programs at different Society’s History Expo 2006 exhibit, “The
venues. First, Professor Doyle showed “Life Women of Chittenden County,” was on loan Beth Meachem, board of directors
in Lamoille” at the Senior Center. At the at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction in PO Box 52, Dorset VT 05251
second program, we were co-hosts with the commemoration of Vermont Women’s 802-867-0331
Chittenden County Historical Society of a History Month. A program, co-sponsored by firstname.lastname@example.org
lecture by Peter Grenfell, grandson of Sir the CCHS and the library, was held on March www.dorsethistory.com
Wilfred Grenfell, at the Charlotte UCC 7. Cable TV station RETN (Channel 16) The Dorset Historical Society has
church. The destruction of the Dog Team recorded the program, which was broadcast been more active in our efforts to develop
Tavern by fire the week before made a on Tuesday, April 24, at 8:00 pm. The new and different ways to engage our
change of venue necessary. (Sir Wilfred had program stars several CCHS members and community in our past and celebrate the
started the first tavern when he retired to friends from the community and other future. We are trying to get away from
Charlotte in the1930s.) Other activities took historical societies telling about the formal lectures and move towards greater
place during the year at the museum. extraordinary women featured in the award- community engagement.
This season we will see “Life in Franklin” winning exhibit. On February 10, 2007 we tried a new
on May 3 at the Senior Center. Come program: a community poetry read around
Other events for 2007:
summer we will have professional help one of our local icons, Walter Hard. We
inventorying the contents of our museum. March 18: Speaker Jim Flint presented
invited his descendant, Dee Bort, to join
We hope a donated laptop will end up “Chittenden County’s Community Gardens –
us. We had an incredible turn out. We
“knowing” all our artifacts, in proper form. a History and Slide Show” from 2-4 p.m. at
printed up selected poems and passed
the Fletcher Free Library Community Room
them around, encouraging people to read
Chester Historical Society in Burlington. Refreshments followed.
aloud. Others who came brought their
March 27: Speakers Nancy Gallagher and own favorites. Over the course of the
Ron Patch, president Judy Dow presented “A Research in Progress afternoon we brought Walter Hard’s
PO Box 118, Chester VT 05143 Seminar” from 7:30-9 p.m. at the UVM poetry alive and chuckled together about
802-875-5459 (April-October) Memorial Lounge in the Waterman Building his dry wit. People recalled events, which
email@example.com in Burlington. The event was co-sponsored led to particular poems being read. Our
www.chesterhs.avenet.net by the UVM Center for Research on local cable access station filmed the event,
The 11th annual Civil War Expo created Vermont. Refreshments followed. and it has been broadcasting on our local
by the Eighteenth Vermont Regiment will be May 6: Speaker Muriel More will present cable access station. People were so
held Saturday, September 29, on the “The Development of Burlington Parks” from excited that they want to do something
grounds of the Chester Historical Society. 2:00-4:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Gallery on similar later in the year.
We will also use the town green for exhibits Burlington’s Church Street. The event is co- Building off of our successful Walking
as well as the Masonic lodge. The day will sponsored by the Burlington Parks & and Driving Tour publication of Dorset, we
consist of reenactments of several regiments, Recreation Department. Refreshments will will be implementing a walking tour of our
guest speakers, and artillery units with follow. town beginning Memorial Day Weekend.
On June 21 we will host our annual nine files and three large map chests. In including Hyde descendants. The mission of
ice cream social event, which always draws a addition, there is a work table and a the Society is to disseminate information of
crowd. We will include in this event some of computer. This gives us the opportunity to historical nature and to preserve historical
the home industries in our community such share our holdings with the public six days a artifacts and buildings in Grand Isle. In the
as spinning, weaving, and ceramics, and give week when it is open for 38 hours. The fall of 2003, the Society moved and restored
the public an opportunity to try out these room is well lit, comfortable, heated, and the historic one-room Corners Schoolhouse
activities. cheerful. We are very grateful for this #4. Officers are: Jan DeSarno, president;
We are happy to be back in our newly opportunity to safely house our historical, Maggie Lawliss, vice-president; Janet Wert,
renovated building and getting our exhibits genealogical, and broadside files. Our photo secretary; and Sharon Croteau, treasurer.
out of hiding. We currently have a wonderful files are also available. In contrast, our one- The Schoolhouse (also known as the
exhibit of stencil ware by Jessica Bond who room brick school museum is open only in “Block Schoolhouse”) was built in 1814 of
lived here in Dorset. Our permanent marble summer for a total of 48 hours. squared-off, or blocked, cedar logs. The
quarry exhibit is being worked on. We hope The so-so news is that we continue to Hyde Log Cabin, circa 1784, is the oldest in
to work with local school children in the struggle with raising money, adding New England, with furniture, clothing, and
writing of a local history around the quarries. membership, and sorting other artifacts. artifacts attractively arranged as a home
In our continued effort to collaborate with We are constantly watching for ideas that setting. There are two glass display cases to
our local school, we are going to mount a would help us with these chronic problems. view small items and books. This is a great
special exhibit of student journals in April We commend the Vermont Historical place to bring your out-of-town guests to
that will be on display for the month. Society in its effort to provide opportunities enjoy this special treasure of the Islands.
We are pleased to receive back our for struggling societies to exchange ideas that The Cabin and Schoolhouse are on Route 2,
collection of Civil War memorabilia and will might aid us with our frustrating situations. adjacent to the Grand Isle Elementary
be continuing to bring out more of what we We urge you to broaden these opportunities! School, and are open to visitors every day
have in our archives so that people can see (except Tuesday and Wednesday) from 11
the collection. Grafton Historical Society a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day until
The new building has definitely Columbus Day. Admission is $2.00 for
energized us and we look forward to sharing Eli Prouty, curator adults; children under age 14 are free.
it with others in the state as well as with 802-843-1010 Docent Charlene Southwick is in attendance
visitors from beyond our borders. Lynn Morgan, registrar to welcome visitors.
802-843-2584 The public is invited to attend free
Dummerston Historical Society PO Box 202, Grafton VT 05146 programs that often include music or slides
firstname.lastname@example.org on topics relevant to Island and Vermont
Jody Normandeau, president www.graftonhistory.org history at the Schoolhouse on the following
PO Box 8064 dates: Monday, May 7; Monday,
The Grafton Historical Society’s History
North Brattleboro VT 05304 September 10; and Monday,
Museum is open every Friday, Saturday,
802-254-9037 November 5. All programs are at 7:00 p.
Sunday, and Monday between Memorial Day
m. and will be announced in the “Islander.”
The Dummerston Historical Society weekend and Columbus Day weekend from
The annual pot-luck picnic for members
hosted a program on April 19, 2007 featuring 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and every day during
will be on the Hyde Log Cabin/Schoolhouse
high school teacher Bill Holiday, who spoke foliage season from September 1 – October
grounds on Monday, July 9th, at 6 p.m.
about the assassination of President John F. 8. We are located on Main Street (Route
The annual “Old Tyme Crafts Day” will
Kennedy. Holiday was named National 121) just east of the Old Tavern in the middle
be on Saturday, September 1, from 10 a.
Teacher of the Year in 1999 by the J.F.K. of Grafton, 12 miles west of Bellows Falls and
m. to 3 p.m. on the Log Cabin/Schoolhouse
Lancer Organization for his research into I-91. Schedule of 2007 events:
grounds. There will be an 18th century
Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The May 26: Museum open house with free Abenaki encampment with Native American
program was held at the Grange Hall in lemonade and cookies lifestyle demonstrations, as well as fireplace
Dummerston Center at 7:30 p.m.
August 2: Summer program and annual cooking in the Cabin with free samples of
The Society features ongoing rotating
meeting (program speaker TBA; check the switchel, biscuits, chicken, etc.; and
exhibits at its museum. Visitors may contact
website in July). demonstrations of quilting, weaving, basket
Jody Normandeau for more information
September 1: Labor Day bake sale making, rug hooking, butter churning, hand-
about hours of operation and the subjects
cranked ice cream, chair caning, penny rugs,
of the changing exhibits. Annual winter program and dinner: Check
blacksmithing, and more. Handmade
the website in the fall for program details.
crafts and some antiques will be for sale.
Georgia Historical Society The events are sponsored by the Grand
Grand Isle Historical Society Isle Historical Society, are free and open to
Peter Mallett, president the public, handicap accessible, and
PO Box 2072, Georgia VT 05468 Jan DeSarno, president refreshments will be served. New members
802-524-4539 PO Box 23, Grand Isle VT 05458 are warmly welcome to this small, active
The 2006 news from the Georgia 802-372-4058 group – please join us! Membership is $5.00
Historical Society is both very good and email@example.com and may be mailed to the address above.
so-so. The good part lies in the fact that our The Society was formed by a small group
town library has provided a space for our of five in 2000 and has grown to about 90
historical society. This space has room for members from several towns and states,
Greensboro Historical Society on Vermont historical documentaries and
shows some of his work.
Jenny Stoner, president May 17: 9:00 a.m. Cleaning of museum,
PO Box 151, Greensboro VT 05841 meeting house, school house. Help is
802-586-6913 needed. Bring own materials.
firstname.lastname@example.org June 2: 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Museum open
Spring & Summer 2007: for summer. Every Tues and Sat.
March 4: 2:00 p.m. Program: “Shaping June 23/24: Vermont History Expo.
Lives – the Role of the Grange and 4H Worlds Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, Vermont.
Clubs” – a panel discussion and sharing of July 4: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Museum and
stories about the vital roles of these meeting house open. 4:00 p.m. Annual
organizations. Fellowship Hall, Greensboro parade and picnic: Grange Hall.
July 15: 2:00 p.m. Quarterly meeting:
Summer exhibit: “Shaping Lives: the Center Meeting House. Vermont History
Grange, 4H Clubs and More.” Exhibit of Expo exhibit and talk.
100 years of the Greensboro Grange, boys’
August 12: 2:00 p.m. Ice cream social
and girls’ 4H Clubs, and other volunteer
and music at Mineral Springs Farm, Guilford Addie Minott of the Guilford Historical
groups that played important roles in village
Center. Society receives recognition from VHS
Sept. 2/3: 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. Annual director Kevin Graffagnino last fall at the
July 9: 7:30 p.m. Summer program at Guilford Labor Day Fair. League of Local Historical Societies annual
Fellowship Hall, Greensboro United Church.
Date TBA: Welcome Center Annual meeting.
Coffee Hour Fund Raiser. residents met at the Hubbardton town hall
August 6: 7:30 p.m. Summer program at
October 13: 2:00 p.m. Close museum with members of the Pittsford Historical
Fellowship Hall, Greensboro United Church.
for season. Society. After an entertaining afternoon it was
October 20: 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. decided by the group for form a historical
Annual roast pork supper at the Guilford society in Hubbardton. More people came
Groton Historical Society to the following local meetings and we formally
organized in 2000 by filing with the Secretary
Richard Brooks, president October 29: 7:30 p.m. Annual meeting
PO Box 89, Groton VT 05046 at Broad Brook Grange. History of the local
802-584-3417 Grange, and raffle draw. February 17: Center Grange #290 of
www.grotonvt.com Hubbardton hosted a community potluck
For information or questions on any
dinner and variety show at 5:00 p.m.
The Groton Historical Society meets these events, contact Addie Minott at
the second Tuesday of each month from 254-5910 or Fred Humphrey at 257-7306. March 31: Hubbardton Town Hall was the
March to November, at the Peter Paul location for Tavern Night. The fun started at
House on 1203 Scott Highway. The house, 7:00 p.m. There was food and drink served by
Hardwick Historical Society
built in 1840 by early settler Peter Paul, has voluptuous serving wenches, bar keeps to keep
been used by the Society since 1989 to the peace, and of course, all the neighbors.
Mary Brochu, president
display and store historical records and Paul Loding, the British Brigadier, and Jim
PO Box 177, Hardwick VT 05843
artifacts. Dassatti, representing the Americans, turned
The Society has an active genealogy back time to what life was like in 1777.
research focus. With the addition of new June 23-24: This year our Vermont History
March 17: Corned Beef and Cabbage
information submitted for three additional Expo exhibit will tell the story of John Selleck,
Dinner and Dance to benefi t the depot
local families in 2006, there are now 38,005 Jr., a British sympathizer who fled to
restoration project. Dinner 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
names listed in the Groton Historical Society Connecticut to escape the war. He purchased
Dance 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the American
Family Records computer file. a farm in Hubbardton for his family. The farm
Legion Hall, North Main Street. Donations
became the site of the Battle of Hubbardton.
Guilford Historical Society Our story will also tell how Mrs. Boardman and
her two children survived the Battle of
Hubbardton Historical Society Hubbardton by hiding under a bed in the
Adelaide Minott, president
236 School Road, Guilford VT 05301 vacant Selleck cabin.
Grace Calvin, president
802-254-5910 PO Box 383, Castleton VT 05735 July 7-8: This year is the 230th anniversary
email@example.com 802-273-3901 of the Battle of Hubbardton. We expect that
March 24: 7:30 p.m. Celtic/Irish Variety firstname.lastname@example.org several hundred people will visit Hubbardton
Show, a benefi t for Guilford Historical www.hubbardton.net for the anniversary. To symbolize the sending
Society. Community Church. Adults $5.00, of the battle news from Hubbardton to
As we look forward to 2007 with Windsor, there will be a relay using many
Children thru grade 12 $2.50. renewed energy, we reflect on how far we modes of transportation that will begin after
April 23: 7:30 p.m. Quarterly meeting at have come as a historical society. In the battle reenactment. Plans are still being
Guilford Central School. Marty Cain speaks November of 1999, several Hubbardton developed, but it is expected that in a little
ceremony at Hubbardton, a reenactor will be Vermont Painted Theater Curtains Project.
sent out on foot down Monument Hill Road We have several noteworthy curtains,
with the news, and head toward Windsor on including the large stage curtain painted by
the Connecticut River. the Huiest Studio of Troy, New York, titled
“View of the Rhine.” We are very excited
Island Pond Historical Society to hear what she has to say about our
treasures. Refreshments will be served and
John Carbonneau, president emeritus the public is welcome to attend.
PO Box 408, Island Pond VT 05846 On Saturday, July 21, from10:00
802-251-2686 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. the tenth annual Secret
email@example.com Garden Tour will be held. This is a co-
operative effort between the Mountain
August 5: The Island Pond Historical
Valley Garden Club and our historical
Society, Inc. will hold its 40th annual meeting
society. This tour features some of the
onSunday, August 5, 2007 at the American
most interesting gardens in the area.
Legion Hall in Island Pond. Social hour begins
The August exhibit will feature
at 12:30 p.m., meeting at 1:00 p.m. Featured
artwork from our collection and further
resentation: “For the Delights of Discovery:
information can be obtained by contacting
History of the Northeast Kingdom,” by
historian Charles T. Morrissey, former
The Custer Sharp House will be open
director of Vermont Historical Society. All
from 10:00 a.m. - noon on Saturdays in July
are cordially invited to attend.
and August. It is on the Middletown Road
copies having completely sold out after three
just up from Route 11. It is a short walk
Londonderry Historical Society from the Londonderry Farmer’s Market;
months. Before printing the second edition,
the authors took the opportunity to make
plan to visit us when you are there.
Sally Ogden, vice president corrections and add additional photographs
PO Box 114, South Londonderry VT 05155 and oral history interviews that had come to
Middlesex Historical Society light after the first edition was published.
firstname.lastname@example.org The Middlesex Historical Society has
Patricia Wiley, president very few active members, and is always
c/o 307 Culver Hill Road looking for ways to increase membership.
The Londonderry Historical Society is Middlesex VT 05602
housed in an 18th century cape that belonged The Society has no home for its collections
802-229-0499 at present, and is hoping to obtain space
to Bernadine Custer Sharp and her husband, email@example.com
Jimmy Sharp. They were both respected from the Town of Middlesex after a
www.middlesex-vt.org proposed new town hall is completed in
artists. We have an extensive collection of
The Middlesex Historical Society the future.
her art as well as an interesting collection of
experienced a momentous year. In March
artifacts from the Londonderry area.
2006, after thirteen years of work, the Milton Historical Society
We start the summer season with our
Society finally published the first complete
annual Children’s Art Show. Drawing from
history of the town of Middlesex, Bill Kaigle, president
our local elementary schools (Flood Brook,
Middlesex in the Making: History and PO Box 2, Milton VT 05468
Jamaica, and Windham) we exhibit the work
Memories of a Small Vermont Town, by Sarah 802-893-1604
of our youngest artists. The show runs for
Seidman and Patricia Wiley. This lively and firstname.lastname@example.org
two weekends, the last weekend of May and
readable history of the first town settled in
the first weekend of June. There will be an Are you interested in Milton’s history?
Washington County includes stories about
opening reception on May 25 from 4:00 – It has changed during the past fifty years
“Crazy” Chase, the musician who could
6:00 p.m. with refreshments and music. Then, from a rural farming community of 2,000
play any tune by ear and enjoyed
on Saturday and Sunday (May 26th and people with 125 small operating farms to a
performing in women’s clothing; the
27th), as well as June 2nd and 3rd, we will bedroom community of over 10,000 people
Balancing Rock, a boulder so carefully
be open for viewing. and less than ten large operating farms. The
balanced that it could be see-sawed on its
At the Vermont History Expo on June Milton Historical Society was organized in
perch; and the CCC workers who came in
23rd and 24th our exhibit will show 1978 to collect, preserve, promote, and
the 1930s to build a flood control dam in
Londonderry as a “destination resort” of 100 document two hundred years of this
the tiny hamlet of Wrightsville following
years ago. There were many fine hotels and important history. Generations ago family
the Great Flood of 1927. The 264-page
summer camps and easy access on the and town histories were shared orally and a
book contains oral histories collected from
railroad from the big cities. After Expo we will town district reflected its past culture and
82 longtime residents and over 200
move the exhibit to the Custer Sharp House activities. With a mobile population and the
photos, including rare shots of the hermits
for the month of July. fast changing landscape of today, it is
who used to populate Bear Swamp and
We will hold our annual business meeting important that people have a knowledge of
the abandoned “Notch” area between
starting at 5:00 p.m. on June 27th at the their town’s past, which gives them a greater
Middlesex and Waterbury.
South Londonderry Town Hall on appreciation, a sense of pride, and an interest
The book is already in its second
Middletown Road. It will be immediately in their town’s future. We encourage you to
edition, the entire first print-run of 500
followed by a talk by Christine Hasdel of the visit the Milton Museum, which opened in
2001 in the historic former Trinity Episcopal noteworthy life of the Rev. Ruth Powell On Wed. March 2, Jane Williamson
Church at 13 School Street, and enjoy the (1921-2000). A “Crusader for the Role of presented “The Evolution of an
interesting exhibits that include a pictorial Women in the Church,” she served the Underground Railroad Historic Site” – the
timeline of major events (1763-2000), a map Milton United Church from 1976-1983. The story of Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum and
of early Milton Farms (1940-1950), and a information, photographs, and interviews its famous Robinson family. In late March, we
photograph collection of early local gathered for this project were videotaped again hosted our “Maple Sugar-Off” at the
photographer J.K. Smith (1870-1918). for the VHS educational web site. Milton Grange Hall. Sugar on snow, maple
During 2006 we participated in many The Society received an Award of donuts and baked goods, music & fun! On
activities involving the community, the Merit at the Annual Meeting of Local Wed. April 5, a discussion on “The History
Vermont Historical Society, and most Historical Societies in October. We were and Future of Milton Cemeteries” preceded
importantly, we have worked with students recognized for our newsletter and the 2006 our annual meeting.
from the Milton schools. The 24th annual calendar interpreting Milton’s healthcare
Fourth Grade History Contest, focusing on history, which featured photographs of North Bennington Museum
the importance and history of Vermont’s persons, places, and practices involved with and Historical Society
changing landscape and natural resources, our medical history.
was held in April. Over 150 parents and In November, we were hosts for one
John Huling, coordinator
students enjoyed a live impersonation of an of the five informational meetings held
Larry Powers, coordinator
early logger by Peggy Pearl, a Fairbanks throughout the state to discuss the 8th
PO Box 460
Museum curator and educator on May 3rd at annual Vermont History Expo to be held
North Bennington VT 05257
Herrick Avenue School. Forty students were on June 23rd and 24th, 2007 at the
awarded history books and all students Tunbridge Fairgrounds.
received certificates acknowledging their We held two open houses in 2006.
participation. During June, several classes On Memorial Day a new flag was dedicated
scheduled field trips to the museum. honoring the late Lyndon Sheldon and the
During September and October, fifteen American Legion Auxiliary #57, promoters The North Bennington Museum and
7th and 8th grade students from the I-leap of patriotism and community service. A Historical Society is the state of Vermont’s
language arts class with their teacher had well attended Christmas open house was newest local historical society, having been
several work meetings at the museum. They held on December 10th, which included formed in late 2006 by a number of residents
wanted to learn about Milton’s history, traditional music played by three members who wish to preserve the stories and
especially during the 1930s-1940s. Many of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra, Toy Man buildings of the village of North Bennington.
residents and veterans of World War II were Stan Henry with his homemade wooden The Society plans to be in full operation by
interviewed about the impact of the war on toys, a beautiful Christmas tree, and a June 1, 2007. Its mission is to record, collect,
the community and the memories of the festive food table of sandwiches, desserts, and archive historical information exclusive
veterans on and off the battlefield. Each popcorn balls, and fudge. to the village of North Bennington.
student compiled an audio-visual Programs at our monthly meetings The Society’s first project was creating a
presentation, which they shared with their included “Vermont Then & Now: A website, which features current and historic
parents and Society members at the Photograph Tour” by UVM Geology photographs of North Bennington, as well
November meeting. professor Paul Bierman; Adam Boyce’s as an oral history interview with Larry
On March 26th, the Society and the “History of Vermont’s Contra and Square Powers, who recounts memories of his
Grange sponsored a sugar-on-snow party at Dancing”; Ken Peck’s video “The Old father, Michael Powers, and the history of
the Grange Hall. About 100 people enjoyed Intervale and the New Intervale”; and the Powers Market in North Bennington.
one of our rural traditions with sugar on Adam Kane’s “Life Onboard: Studying Lake
snow, homemade donuts, and a variety of Champlain’s Sunken Canal Boats,” Northfield Historical Society
maple desserts. documenting the research of five canal
Many people visited the museum during boats discovered in the Pine Street Barge Mary Comiskey, secretary
the Poetry Hop, one of the activities held Canal in the late 1900s. PO Box 422
during the Milton Community Peace Event in Monthly meetings are held the first Northfield VT 05663
April. The Milton Artists’ Guild conducted a Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 802-485-4792
workshop supplying materials, ideas, and the museum. Watch the local newspaper email@example.com
palettes. The participants created original for special events or any changes. Museum The Northfield Historical Society’s
decorated pieces of art, which were displayed hours are the first and third weekend from summer exhibit, “Trains and Transportation,”
throughout the community. April through October (Hours: 1:00 p.m. to opens in mid-June. Our museum is open
An exhibit of early farm implements and 4:00 p.m.); during November-March, call from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or by
a video of early Milton farms were displayed 893-2340 for an appointment. appointment. Upcoming event: appraisal fair
at an open house at the Grange Hall. A raffle Also, our historic 2007 calendar, in the fall – date TBA.
of a hand-painted Adirondack chair and sap “History of Milton’s Schools,” is now We have been organizing our
bucket was held to help fund some of our available at the Milton Town Clerk’s office collections. Our curator, Kelly Nolin, has
projects. or by calling 893-7387; a great collector’s created a professional and workable museum
For the Vermont History Expo, we item! A number of early 2007 programs environment for the collection. The project
joined the collaborative exhibit with the have been planned. On Wed. February 1, will be complete by the end of the summer.
unifying theme titled “Vermont Women in Gary Furlong presented“History Online – After that time, our records will be accessible
History.” Our exhibit reflected on the Using Technology to Discover our Past.” to the public for research.
Norwich Historical Society February 18: Collector’s Fair at Braintree School, opened in 1852) and
Orleans Elementary School participate in school day activities of the
Nancy Osgood, president period, enjoy a pig roast, craft vendors, craft
March 21: Northeast Kingdom
PO Box 1680, Norwich VT 05055 demonstrations, Victorian games, maple sugar
802-649-0124 History Fair at IROC for grades 6-12 house, and more! At the Pawlet Cemetery
firstname.lastname@example.org March 31 – April 21: Spring and Braintree School on Route 153,
email@example.com workshops. Registration required. Call 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
www.norwich.vt.us for details.
Calendar of events for Norwich April 28: Spring work bee Peacham Historical Association
Historical Society through June 2007 (all May 15 & 22: Spring Field Days for
events are free and open to the public): grades 3-6 Mary Ellen Reis, president
PO Box 101, Peacham VT 05862
April 5: 7:00 p.m., Union Village. The May 29: Volunteer tea. 802-592-3208
Thetford and Norwich Historical Societies
June 16-17: Antique gas and steam firstname.lastname@example.org
co-sponsored a talk by author and Civil War
engine show www.peacham.net
historian Howard Coffin, who spoke about
the Battle of Cedar Creek and the July 7: Big band benefi t dance at April 7: Sugar on Snow Ski-In.
Shenandoah Campaign. The event took Irasburg town hall Cross-country skiing with sugar on snow.
place at the Village School House on Main 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m
July 10: OCHS annual meeting
Street. June 23: “Forging Ahead” celebration at
July 9-14: Heritage crafts workshops.
May 16: 7:00 p.m. The Norwich the Ashbel Goodenough blacksmith shop.
Registration required. Call for details.
Historical Society and the Norwich This is a fundraising event to raise money to
July 23-27: Time Traveler’s Day pay for the preservation of the roof of the
Women’s Club are co-sponsoring a talk by
Dartmouth professor Annelise Orleck Camp for ages 8-12. Registration blacksmith shop (about $1,200). Blacksmith
entitled “What if Poor Women Ran the required. Call for details. demonstrations by Joe Miller. Open grill to
World?: Some Lessons from Las Vegas,” at August 12: Old Stone House Day cook lunch/hot dogs, etc. Raffle item TBD.
the Norwich Public Library. July 4 – October 7: Historic House
Sept. 25: Fall Harvest Day for grades
June 5: 7:00 p.m. Jane Williamson of the open, Sundays 2:00-4:00 p.m.
3-6. Registration required. Call for
Rokeby Museum will speak on “Abolition July 4: Peacham July 4th celebration.
and the Underground Railroad” at Tracy Historic House open, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hall. Late September: Fall craft classes. Theme and events TBA.
Registration required. Call for details. July 4: Tenth Anniversary Ghost Walk.
Orleans County 2:00 p.m., Peacham Cemetery. (In case of
Pawlett Historical Society rain, meet at the Peacham Congregational
Steve Williams, president July 21 or 28 (to coincide with Library
Peggy Day Gibson, museum director
PO Box 113, Pawlett VT 05761 Antiques Show): Self-guided garden tours.
Old Stone House Museum
802-645-9529 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. $5.00 per person.
109 Old Stone House Road
Brownington VT 05860 Month of July: Artists at the Historic
802-754-2022 May 5: Opening of the Purple Fox House. Artist: Cecelia Garvin, botanical artist.
email@example.com Gallery and its Pawlett Historical Society Opening reception, Sunday, July 8, 2:00 –
www.oldstonehousemuseum.org Room and exhibits. At the Purple Fox 4:00 p.m..
Gallery in Pawlet Village Square, 10:00
The Orleans County Historical Society Month of August: Artists at the
a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
has embarked upon a new project, the Historic House. Artist: Rodney Reis. Rodney
purchase and restoration of the Samuel August 24: “Oh Victoria”: a one- will display oil landscape paintings and also his
Read Hall House on the corner of the woman mini-musical written and restoration of antique gold leaf frames and
Hinman Road. Samuel Read Hall was the performed by Sarah L. Payne on the the process involved.
first teacher educator in the United State, subject of Victoria Woodhull, who ran for
August 7: Annual meeting. Peacham
founding the first Normal School in U.S. president in 1872. She was also an
Congregational Church. 6:00 p.m. dessert
Concord, Vermont in 1823. He wrote advocate of free love, the world’s first
and conversation, 7:00 p.m. meeting begins,
Lessons in School Keeping, which went female stockbroker, and a scandal-
7:30 keynote speaker: Dr. Alan Searls.
through ten printings, and is still relevant mongering newspaper editor! Event
sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Month of September: Artists at the
today. The museum plans to use the house Historic House. Artist: Alex Garvin. Alex
to expand the education program, with Council. At the Pawlett Community
Church on Route 133 in Pawlet Village. is a landscape painter in oil.
traditional craft classes, teacher workshops,
6:30 p.m. potluck supper and annual October 4: Fall foliage celebration.
and space for events.
general meeting; 7:30 program. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Historic House and
The Old Stone House Museum is open
blacksmith shop open. Theme TBD.
from May 15 through October 15, September 16: “Pawlet Olden Days”:
Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – a celebration of Pawlet’s history. Attend October 4: Tenth Anniversary Ghost
5:00 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. ghost walks at the cemetery, tour an Walk. 2:00 p.m., Peacham Cemetery. (In
historic one-room schoolhouse (the case of rain, meet at the Peacham
Events for 2007:
Historical Society of Peru Eaton Hall Office & Museum paintings of kittens to print on postcards
3399 US Rte. 7, Pittsford and notepaper.
Karen Utiger, president The Society welcomed nine new We are cataloging about 45 letters
PO Box 325, Peru VT 05152 members in 2006, making a total of 175 written in the 1860s to A. M. Caverly in reply
802-824-6583 including 24 life members. At the October to his request for family records and town
firstname.lastname@example.org annual meeting, Otter Valley UHS English events. Dr. Caverly was writing his “History
We began our 2006 season with an art teacher Michael Dwyer described Irish, of Pittsford,” published in 1872. Our
show in the first floor of the Cheese Factory French Canadian, and Polish families who scheduled events for 2007 are as follows
in June during Studio Week. Natalee Everett immigrated to Pittsford between the 1840s (unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at
and Karen Utiger did a wonderful job of and early 1900s. Several descendants of Pittsford Congregational Church on Route 7):
displaying paintings of Peru. It was well those immigrants were in the audience. March 4: Potluck dessert 1:30 p.m..
attended by both area residents and visitors. 2007 board members: Peggy Armitage, Program: “Climate Change in Vermont,”
We also sponsored our annual Flea Market, president; Anne Pelkey, vice president; Dr. Alan Betts
held on the Town Green on September 30. Rebecca Davenport, recording secretary;
May 20: Potluck supper, 5:30 p.m.
The big event of the year was the Jane Welch, corresponding secretary;
Barbara Poljacik, treasurer. Trustees: Betty May 28: Memorial Day ceremonies.
unveiling of the Town Quilt on October 14 at
Atwood, Ernie Brod, Joe Flory, and past Parade at 12:30 p.m. to museum.
the Cheese Factory. The first one, done in
1976, currently hangs in the Town Center. president Len Lumsden. We honored June 23: Tag and bake sale, Eaton Hall.
Now, thirty years later, sixty property owners retiring treasurer Jean Harvie Beatty with a 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
stitched, drew, painted, and pasted with great framed certificate of appreciation for 25 July 1: Booth at Pittsford Day, Rec.
imagination and ingenuity their 10 ½ inch years of faithful service. Area. 12:00-6:00 p.m.
squares of cloth, depicting family-related Highlights: The Society’s exhibit of
September 16: Potluck supper,
subjects. Karen Utiger and her crew stitched Pittsford photographers Mary (Randall) and
them all together and the result was fabulous. Leslie Allen, May Manley, and Dr. H. H. Swift
received many compliments at the Vermont October 21: Potluck supper & annual
Thank you, Karen, for all your work. They will
History Expo 2006. On July 2 we meeting, 5:30.
sew on the backing and do the quilting during
the winter, and decide on a permanent place participated in the second highly successful November 18: Open House,
for the new Town Quilt. Pittsford Day at the Recreation Area. 2:00-4:00 p.m., Eaton Hall.
Thanks to the talents of Glen Frank of When the planning commission solicited
South Londonderry and a grant from the suggestions for the revised Town Plan, we Poultney Historical Society
Stratton Foundation for $1000 and $500 from urged more attention to maintaining the
the Ladies Aid Society, we have a refurbished character of our three historic districts and Gail Vreeland
library in the entrance to the Cheese Factory. curbing excess noise and speed on our PO Box 21, Poultney VT 05764
New bookshelves and newly painted walls streets. We taught 40 Lothrop School 802-287-2330
and ceiling make this a great place to browse students studying town and state history email@example.com
through our donated books. The policy is how to research our documents and
August 11: Poultney Historical Society’s
take a book or books, and, if possible, replace collections, as well as hosting dozens of
72nd annual East Poultney Day. 9:00 a.m. –
them. visitors from April through November. We
4:00 p.m. East Poultney Village Green on
Our donations this year included photos attended a joint meeting with Pittsfield and
Vermont Route 140 East. Vendors, music,
of Bromley from Stewart Beattie, and of the Chittenden Historical Societies in the fall.
dancing, raffle, museums, demonstrations.
Beard family from Priscilla Ochocki. Kermit Our $50,000 investment fund at the
As part of the celebration, J. Kevin
Reilly brought in a letter to Mabel Brown Vermont Community Foundation earned
Graffagnino, director of the Vermont
Williams from her father, a House over $2,000 for the Society, and life
Historical Society, will give a talk entitled
representative. Dave Farum stopped by with member Mary (Phillips) Smith’s family made
“A Hard Founding Father to Love: Ira Allen
a program of the town celebrating receiving a very gracious gift in her memory. Pittsford
of Vermont.” For more info call 287-2330.
electric service on December 12, 1939. Many voters supported our work with a $5,200
thanks to everyone who has added to our appropriation. The November open house
and silent auction netted over $450. We Pownal Historical Society
collection of Peru artifacts.
Our final event of 2006 was a festive ended a productive year as guests at the St.
Alphonsus Church holiday fair with items Ken Held, president
holiday celebration at the Cheese Factory on
from the museum shop. PO Box 313, Pownal VT 05261
December 10, which included singing around
Among this year’s many gifts are Don firstname.lastname@example.org
our antique organ and enjoying samplings of
Carrigan’s American flag from his U.S. http://.pownal.pbwiki.com
wine and cheese.
Government office and fur-trimmed slippers The Pownal Historical Society had an
made by Elvira Harris. John Rouleau’s son active year in 2006. One successful goal was
Pittsford Historical Society, Inc.
gave a framed panoramic photo of Pittsford increased community involvement, evidenced
ca. 1930 and a U.S. fish hatchery glass by the Society’s work with the Pownal
Peggy Armitage, president.
spawning jar. Katherine (Rantanen) and Elementary School’s fourth grade. With the
PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763
Robert Wyman gave a 1920 U.S. Census Society’s help, the students created a book
report for Pittsford. Christopher Belcher on the “ABCs of Pownal.” Working with the
sent color photos of Hilda Belcher’s children and talking about different places,
people, and things of yesteryear brought the Shoreham Historical Society Tunbridge entitled “Til the Cows Come
history of Pownal alive for the students. The Home,” highlighting the Smith/Sharrow dairy
children were excited to learn about their Dale Birdsall, president farm in Shrewsbury for nine generations.
town and worked hard to put together a very 91 Dolittle Road, Shoreham VT 05770 This exhibit is now in the museum.
informative book. In December, the Society 802-897-2572 In late summer, the Society was involved
presented each of the children in grades 3-6 email@example.com in a town-wide celebration of our neighbors,
with a dictionary. The dictionaries were www.steve-world.com/ShorehamHS/ Senator Jim Jeffords and his wife, Liz, upon
obtained through The Dictionary Project, a SHShome.htm the senator’s retirement from Congress. The
national group dedicated to putting a planning for the event began the year before.
March 7: Dinner at the Inn. Planning
dictionary into the hands of every student. The Society prepared five large boards filled
meeting & election of officers.
On January 15, 2007, Ursula Smith with many photographs of the Jeffords,
and Linda Peavy alternated their voices in April 4: Rose Paul – Director of spanning the years from Jim’s birth to the
recreating the lives of women who followed Science & Stewardship, The Nature present, and the Society also videotaped
their husbands and sons west out of Vermont. Conservancy of Vermont. This the short formal presentation and many
Their January 14, 2007 presentation at the presentation introduced our native spring comments from friends and neighbors.
Pownal Historical Society, supported by a wildflowers and identified the habitats that The videotape is being added to the archives
grant from the Vermont Humanities Council, each prefer. Rose also reviewed the tools in the museum.
grew from research into the letters that of identification that help the beginner In the fall, a special program was
women sent back home to families and identify flowers. presented by life members Barbara and
friends, as well as other written documents. May 2: Burt Porter – The British ballad Barry Griffi th about the Crown Point Road
February 11: Joe Hall of the tradition in New England. as it passes through Shrewsbury.
Bennington Historical Society talked at 2:00 June 6: David Perrin – Coin silver and The inside of the museum was repainted
p.m. about the trolleys from Pittsfield and Vermont silver makers. this past winter and new tin tiles added to
North Adams through Pownal and July 4: Gravestone transcribing at match the ceiling in the vestibule.
Bennington and on to Hoosic Falls. Lakeview Cemetery. Party & fireworks The Society continues to receive many
March 9: Steve Perkins, director of the afterwards. genealogical questions via e-mail, plus
Bennington Museum, gave a presentation on requests for our town’s history book,
August 1: Jim Peden – Nineteenth
historic postcards at 2:00 p.m. at the Pownal Shrewsbury, Vermont – Our Town As It Was.
Public Library. Perkins used examples from
Sept. 5: Vince Feeney – The Allen
the Bennington Museum collection and from Stowe Historical Society
brothers, original Vermont developers.
the broader Bennington area.
Oct. 3: Elsa Gilbertson – David Rusco:
April 15: Annual meeting at 1:00 Babara Baraw, president
A Revolutionary War soldier and his
p.m. in the Pownal Public Library. PO Box 730, Stowe VT 05672
Mount Independence powder horn.
April 15: Joe Manning described his 802-253-8428
Nov. 7: Sue MacIntire – A PowerPoint firstname.lastname@example.org
searches to discover what happened to the show of people, places, and industry in
children who worked in the area’s cotton 2006 was an important year for the
nineteenth century Shoreham.
mills. Joe discovered what happened to Stowe Historical Society. We have begun an
Dec. 5: Christmas dinner at the enormous project to move the historic West
Addie Card, the 12-year old North Pownal
mill girl whose photograph, taken by Lewis Shoreham Inn (pot luck). Branch Schoolhouse, a one-room school that
Hine in 1910, has now become famous, and was donated to us and is currently patiently
whose story was the basis for Elizabeth Shrewsbury Historical Society sitting on cribbing and wheels awaiting its
Winthrop’s book, Counting on Grace. His trip to the village and its new home on the
website, www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/ Marguerite Ponton, president corner of Pond and School Streets, next to
addiesearch1.html, summarizes his work as an Ruth Winkler, secretary the Bloody Brook School. The site plan,
historian of North Adams, Massachusetts and 5410 Route 103, Cuttingsville VT 05738 elevations, and interior design have been
the region. 802-492-2175 planned for us by a local architect. Once our
email@example.com permit has been issued by the Design Review
May 19: The Bennington Museum will
Board, working drawings can be completed.
host the statewide opening event for the The Shrewsbury Historical Society With those in hand, we can then obtain the
Vermont Reads program, with a variety of museum officially opens the first weekend various contractors and proceed with the
events related to Elizabeth Winthrop’s book, in July on Sundays only from 1 to 3 p.m., move.
Counting on Grace. Call the museum at through October. Appointments can be As this is being done, we will be working
802-447-1571 for the schedule. made by calling 492-3324. on the major part of our building fund
June 23-24: The Vermont History Fundraising activities will consist of a campaign. To date, we have received several
Expo will take place at the Tunbridge World’s plant and bake sale in May and in the fall, substantial gifts that demonstrate support for
Fairgrounds on June 23-24. The Pownal the annual Fall Food Fest, which are two the project. We will need many more gifts,
Historical Society will be joining the popular events. In 2006, the fundraising large and small, from every part of the town
Bennington Historical Society and the committee presented for sale a Memories and the community in order for the project
Shaftsbury Historical Society in developing an 2007 Calendar, which was very well to be completed.
exhibit around the trolleys that once ran received. After the schoolhouse is moved, we will
through our town into Bennington, North The Society presented an exhibit at have three historic schoolhouse buildings set
Adams, and Pittsfield. the 2006 Vermont History Expo in close together. We hope to create a “cultural
fabled basket-maker, Jeffery Gale, to make a bridges and factories in the dam area that
split-ash market basket, using pioneer have disappeared.
methods, for us to raffle at the Vermont
History Expo and at our July 4th celebration Waitsfield Historical Society
March 2007 begins our fifth Family Juddy Dodds, curator
History Exhibit, to feature eight generations PO Box 816, Waitsfield VT 05673
of the David Brown family in Strafford. This 802-496-2027
will begin the season of regular open hours: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday and Wednesday mornings from www.waitsfieldhistoricalsociety.com
10:00-12:00; after the winter hours (open by
Our historical society is located at the
appointment only) observed during January
Wait House in Waitsfield. This house was
L to R, Stowe Historical Society President and February.
originally the home of General George Wait
Barbara Baraw, Wendy Parrish, and Planned for the summer is an
and was moved to its present location in
Ed Rhodes at last fall’s League of Local enactment in Old City Cemetery of the lives
1830. It was renovated in 1997 with help
Historical Societies meeting. of notable people buried there over the past
from the Waitsfield Historical Society. We
two centuries. It will be performed by
campus,” including the creation of new have offices upstairs and maintain historical
Strafford’s drama group, Thistle, in
headquarters for our Society, as well as a exhibits in the downstairs room. The exhibits
collaboration with the Historical Society.
museum for our artifacts. are changed periodically and are open to the
During the fall, we hope to have the video of
public when the Wait House is open.
March 20: Working meeting, 12:00-3:00 the history of the Elizabeth Copper Mine
We have the book History of Waitsfield, and
p.m., Bloody Brook School. completed, and start work on possible
the DVDs The Way We Were and
April 16: Program: “Moscow,” 7:00 p.m. informational sites in the vicinity of the mine.
The Heart of Hooking for sale at the
Moscow is an old mill village on the south Wait House.
end of town. John Johnson will be the guest Thetford Historical Society This year one of our members, Judy
speaker and he will report fascinating Dodds, was awarded the Vermont Historical
information he has put together as a result of Charles Latham, president Society Local Societies Achievement Award
researching for an application nominating the PO Box 33, Thetford, VT 05074 in the category of Publication/Oral History.
historic village for the National Historic 802-785-2068 The award was for “the initiation and
Register. The event will be held at the Grace email@example.com completion of a project to record, edit, and
Bible Church in Moscow. www.thetfordhistoricalsociety.org publish recollections relating to a specific
May 15: Working meeting. 7:00 p.m., Last fall we had a gallery exhibit of the aspect of a community.” Judy is the curator of
Memorial Room. Thetford photographs of Clara Sipprell the WHS and has been instrumental in
June 23 & 24: Vermont History Expo, (1885-1915), who had a studio in Thetford in setting up many exhibits at the Wait House
Tunbridge Fairgrounds. We will have a the 1920s and 1930s. We also had a well- and at the Vermont History Expo in
collaborative double booth with Waterbury attended talk by Peter Fox Smith, who Tunbridge. She and her husband, Jim Dodds,
about the Mt. Mansfield Electric Railway that worked with Sipprell in her last years. spent two years on this project, interviewing
once ran between the two towns. This is in In our library, we are processing six and videotaping rug hookers from Waitsfield
direct correlation with Waterbury’s recent large boxes of property research left by and around Vermont. The award was
renovation of its historic train depot. longtime Thetford lister, Arthur Bacon. presented on October 13, 2006 at the
This year’s town report carried an Vermont State House. The proceeds from
August: Annual meeting. Place, date, and
historical article about Dwight Goddard g
the sale of The Heart of Hooking will benefi t
time TBA. Will hopefully include an ice
(1861-1939), a successful engineer who the barn project.
became a Buddhist monk and published a The Society is in the early stages of
series of volumes on Zen Buddhism from his renovating the carriage barn at the Wait
Strafford Historical Society home in Thetford. House. In August 2006 we held a barn party
On April 5, we joined the Norwich and visitors were able to view the barn’s
Stefanie Johnston, curator Historical Society in hosting a talk in the interior and see the work that needs to be
PO Box 100, Strafford VT 05072 Union Village Church Hall by Civil War done to make the barn a center for Society
Steffiebob@aol.com historian Howard Coffin. On May 12, we events and exhibits. Members of the Society
A popular exhibit in fall 2006 at the will have a potluck supper in the North worked very hard cleaning the interior of the
Strafford Historical Society in the Brick Store, Thetford Church to hear a talk by Bill Gove barn. We hope to start a fundraising
Strafford, showed old postcards of our town, about log drives on the nearby Connecticut campaign in the near future.
many from local collectors. A subsequent River. Thanks to members Shirley Viens, Ilene
display of old maps of Strafford inspired a We plan to have an exhibit at the Joslin, and Ray Joslin, our historical society
local equestrienne to use a map of early Vermont History Expo in June about the won first prize for the second year in the
roads, and add discontinued roads that she Union Village flood control dam. The exhibit “Festival of the Lights” Christmas decoration
has discovered, to map an extensive network will include photographs of the great 1927 contest in Waitsfield. Their amazing creation
of riding trails in Strafford. and 1936 floods, which resulted in planning was featured on the porch of the Wait
Our December exhibit of local for the dam; the actual construction of the House and included an antique sleigh with
traditional handcrafts has led to an offer by dam after World War II; and of houses, Santa Claus peeking through the window and
Our annual dinner was held on October letters, diaries, Sloan Hospital bed cards, The Society received a $25,000 grant
25, 2006. A slide show entitled “As We GAR records, cemetery records, and more. from the Freeman Foundation and the
Were” was shown, which featured Preservation Trust of Vermont, and the
photographs of the Mad River Valley from Williston Historical Society funds are being used for the exterior
1870-1915. These were pictures created painting and the new roof. A Cultural
from our collection of over 800 glass slides. Ginger Isham, secretary Facilities grant in the amount of $1,400
Judy Dodds, Jim Dodds, and Jack Smith PO Box 995, Williston VT 05495 (matching funds) was used for the start of
produced the slide show. This show is also 802-878-3872 the electrical upgrade. The Town of
available on a DVD. The Williston Historical Society’s Worcester also appropriated $2,000 for
Other projects for the year 2006 collection is housed in the Vermont Room renovations at the 2006 Town Meeting
included financing the cleaning of the three in the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. The Society was involved in numerous
war memorials in Waitsfield. An exhibit of events during 2006: serving Town Meeting
oral history done by the students at the May 19: Speaker Richard Allen will dinner, a sugar-on-snow party with guest
Waitsfield Elementary School was put up in present “Williston’s Historic District” from speakers Burr and Elliot Morse (Morse
the Wait House. Society members were 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Alling Farm), organizing the 4th of July
among the residents of the community Library. The event is co-sponsored by the celebration, a window restoration
interviewed by the students. Williston Historical Society. It will be workshop, annual meeting and program
The year 2007 promises to be a busy followed by a walking tour, led by Ginger (history of the bell and bell tower by Jerry
one for the Society. We will be celebrating Isham, and lunch at the Old Brick Café. Nelson), our 2007 Calendar, Fall Dinner
the 10th anniversary of the restoration of May 24: The Society will host its own and Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Concert,
the Wait House and plan to have a big party. version of public television’s “Antiques and the first annual Love Light Tree
We hope to make further progress on Road Show” at the Old Brick Church. In celebration.
renovating the carriage barn at the Wait preparation, the students of Phoenix House In 2007, renovation projects continue
House. at Williston Central School visited the to be the top priorities, such as the
Vermont Room in January for a second restoration of the windows, chimney
Waterbury Historical Society time to review artifacts they are studying. repair, ongoing restoration projects, and a
Time TBA. membership drive. A Society-sponsored
Brian Lindner, president June 23-24: The Society will have a Contra Dance was held on Jan. 27, 2007
PO Box 708, Waterbury VT 05676 booth at this year’s Vermont History Expo (proceeds went toward renovations). We
firstname.lastname@example.org in Tunbridge, where the theme will be will participate in the Vermont History
www.rootsweb.com/~vtwhs/ “Transportation: How Vermonters Got Expo with an exhibit of kitchen gadgets of
This year is the 50th anniversary of the from Here to There.” the past.
Waterbury Historical Society, with the first Officers for 2007 are: David Book,
July 3: Each year the Society holds its ice
meeting having been held in April 1957. We president; Mary Ann Powers, vice
cream social as part of Williston’s annual
are pleased that Marion Moulton, who was president; Judy Knapp, treasurer; Dell
4th of July celebration. It is an
one of our charter members, has been a Waterhouse, secretary; and Elizabeth
accompaniment to the band concert on the
member for the entire fifty years. The April Schwartz, Cathy Hull, Audrey Richardson,
Green and net proceeds (donations only)
25, 2007 meeting was our official Gordon Cole, and Vivienne Adair,
go to a local charity.
anniversary celebration. Regular meetings directors.
are held on the last Wednesday of January, Please order your 2007 Calendar
Worcester Historical Society (Worcester’s Sawmills - $13 including S&H)
April, July, and October. The quarterly 12-
page newsletter is mailed just before the now: call Judy at 223-8635 or mail a check
David Book, president made payable to WHS to the address
meetings. Other regularly scheduled events PO Box 329, Worcester VT 05682
are a baked bean & ham supper the Saturday above.
of Presidents’ weekend in February, and a email@example.com
Meal of Remembrance the first Saturday in
The Worcester Historical Society had
November. This year’s Meal of
a very busy and productive year in 2006.
Remembrance will be “Class of 1957,”
Four major projects to renovate our
presented by Brian Lindner.
headquarters building, the 1892 Village
In 2006 the Society published two
School, had been completed by year’s end.
books. The Best of the Waterbury Newsletter,
The highlight of the year was the repair and
Volume 1 is a compilation of articles
reconstruction of the bell and bell tower.
concerning Waterbury history from our
There was a landmark celebration when
newsletter submitters. The twenty stories
the bell sounded for the first time in many,
contained in the forty-one page book are
many years at our annual meeting and
about the old movie theater, a favorite
potluck supper on September 21.
school teacher, a disastrous fire, and more.
The next projects to be accomplished
Civil War Volunteers from Waterbury, Vermont
were the exterior painting, the new
& Duxbury is a 148-page book dealing with
standing seam roof, and the beginning of
the volunteers from the two neighboring
the electrical upgrade of our building.
towns. Information was gathered from
N e w s & N o t e s
All Aboard for History Expo in June!
T he Vermont History Expo is
creating a buzz with the theme
developed for this year.
Travel and Transportation: How
Vermonters got There from Here has
inspired over half of the participating local
historical societies to call upon their
memories and collections to come up with
some really fun exhibits. For example, Bethel
will highlight a valiant and often de-railed railroad,
Richmond has found lots of information on one of the
ﬁrst Vermont auto dealers, and Waterbury and Stowe
are teaming up to present an electric trolley that ran
between the two towns. Other exhibits will feature
roads and turnpikes now past, bridges, bicycles, and
Phoo by Nancy Cassidy
We’ll be treated to winter in June in Dashing
Through the Snow, history buff Brooke Paige’s latest
project featuring multiple modes of 19th-century winter
transport. We’ve engaged lots of antique and interesting
vehicles to grace the fairgrounds plus a wonderful
garden railroad display to admire and another one to you a Sunday ticket! Plus, we’ve added a Weekend
build! A VIC Tent (Very Important Car) will showcase Family Pass for $20. As always, visitors in period dress
some of the premier autos that folks drive to Tunbridge. are encouraged with half-price admission.
Not all of Expo is related to the transportation
theme – we’ll still have our Revolutionary and Civil NEW FOR MEMBERS! To show our thanks for your
War re-enactors, History Quest, the ever-popular Clara’s pledge to become a member of the Vermont Historical
Games, heirloom animals, music and performances, Society, we are offering a 25% discount on the above
the author’s tent, the live country auction, genealogy prices for all Expo tickets purchased in advance of the
searches, great food, and parades – one on each day! event. Please contact: Rilla Brown at 802-479-8500.
There will be lots of fresh and interesting exhibits and We look forward to seeing you at The
events for the ﬁrst-timer as well as the seasoned Expo Vermont History Expo! For more details, visit
visitor. www.vermonthistory.org/expo or call
802-479-8500 for a program in advance.
Support for this 8th Vermont History Expo has been
wonderful. The Expo has earned another designation
from the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce as a Top
Ten Event for the summer of 2007. We’ve also received Ben Lane Award Given
grants from the Vermont Humanities Council and a
brand-new program through the Vermont Department
of Tourism and Marketing. The latter grant allows us to
focus advertising out of state to attract tourists to Expo.
We’ve decided to reach out to the Albany and Boston
areas to promote travel for a day or two in Vermont.
E very couple of years the Publications and
Research Committee of the VHS bestows
the Ben Lane Award, a $250 prize for the best
article published in Vermont History. The current
We’d like to note some changes that have been winner, for articles published in volumes 72 and
made to our admission prices: entrance to Expo will still 73, is Keith Erekson, “The Joseph Smith Memorial
cost $8 for general admission, $4 for students up to 18 Monument and Royalton’s ‘Mormon Affair’: Religion,
years old, and children under 5 are admitted for free. Community, Memory, and Politics in Progressive
What’s new is that these prices are good for both days,
Vermont,” which appeared in the Summer/Fall 2005
so if you want to return on Sunday because you had so
much fun on Saturday, just let us know and we’ll issue
D e v e l o p m e n t N e w s
New Prints of Vermont Scenes Acquired
O ur winter programs give Vermonters the
opportunity to explore speciﬁc aspects of
Vermont’s history – such as women in
government, Vermonters’ participation in the civil rights
movement or the changing role of media in our state.
Many thanks to our sponsors for making these
Barry T. Chouinard, Inc.
Bates & Murray, Inc.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Inc.
Cargill Animal Nutrition
Chittenden Bank Community Fund
Denis, Ricker & Brown, Inc.
Sarah L. Dopp
Greensboro Garage, Inc.
Robin N. Lloyd
Main Street Landing Company One of the Society’s winter programs includes the Legislative
Rubin, Kidney, Myer & DeWolfe Reception held in January. This year’s speaker was the
Honorable Madeleine Kunin who spoke about the importance
Benson D. Scotch
of women in politics both in the national and statewide
TD Banknorth political scene. She shared many personal stories to a crowd
The World Publication, Inc. of over 100 legislators and friends of the VHS. Pictured above
Vermont Community Foundation is VHS Trustee Peter Mallary giving thanks to Governor
Vermont Mutual Insurance Group Kunin for her participation.
Keep Vermont’s heritage alive!
Members help bring Vermont’s rich history to children and adults throughout the state. Members also get discounts on
books and events, free admission to the library and museum, and subscriptions to the History Connections newsletter
and Vermont History journal. Please join – we need your support!
❏ $35 Institutional (libraries, historical societies, schools)
❏ $40 Individual (beneﬁts for one adult)
❏ $35 Senior Individual (age 65+)
❏ $50 Household (beneﬁts for two adults & children under 18)
❏ $100 Associate
❏ $250 Contributing
❏ $500 Sustaining
❏ $1,000+ Freedom & Unity Circle
❏ Check is enclosed or ❏ Credit Card # Exp. Date
Please mail to: Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641 or join at www.vermonthistory.org
Please call 802-479-8503 with questions.
E v e n t s C a l e n d a r
Poster artwork by Ginny Joyner
Join us on June 23 and 24, 2007
Vermont History Expo 2007!
8th annual History Expo –
Travel and Transportation: How
Vermonters got There from Here
Tunbridge World Fairgrounds,
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day,
Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641-4209