A workshop aimed at teaching youth ages 11 to 15 how to make a 3-minute video has been set for Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont. The program runs from 10:30 am to 4 pm, with a fee of $15.
Workshop leader is Bob Franzoni, battlefield site interpreter and retired executive director of CATV White River Junction, will show attendees how to write, direct, act in, and produce a 2 to 3-minute video. Continue reading
History enthusiasts are set to gather again at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont, to commemorate the July 7, 1777 Revolutionary War battle fought there, on July 7 and 8, 2018. The event runs on Saturday from 9:30 to 5:00, and on Sunday from 7:45 to 3:00, with the site closing at 5:00.
Scores of re-enactors from around the northeast will be encamped to present a colorful, full-scale history pageant, believed to be the largest Revolutionary War living history weekend in Northern New England. The event honors the war’s only battle fought solely in what would become Vermont. Continue reading
A new exhibit on Automobile Racing in Vermont is set to open April 28th, 2018 at the Vermont History Center in Barre.
Anything for Speed explores a century of automobile racing in Vermont from the earliest experimental days to traditions at local tracks.
The exhibit includes trophies, models, car parts, firesuits, flags, photographs and more. Visitors can record memories, or challenge friends in the racing simulator. Continue reading
August 16 is a Vermont State Holiday commemorating Bennington Battle Day and the victory over the British on August 16, 1777.
To celebrate this Revolutionary War victory, admission is free on August 16th to the Bennington Battle Monument, Chimney Point (Addison), Mount Independence (Orwell), President Calvin Coolidge (Plymouth), and Justin Morrill (Strafford) Vermont State Historic Sites.
For further information, visit the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites website.
Photo: Mount Independence Historic Site, courtesy Vermont.gov.
A new book by Susan M. Ouelette An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820-1830 (SUNY Press, 2017) takes a look at Phebe Orvis, a young woman adapting to life on the New York and Vermont frontier.
In 1820, Phebe Orvis began a journal that she faithfully kept for a decade. Her diary captures not only the everyday life of an ordinary woman in early nineteenth-century Vermont and New York, but also the unusual happenings of her family, neighborhood, and beyond. Continue reading
Here’s the opening stanza from “Paul Revere’s Ride”:
Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
Less than a month later, at a different location but with the same cadence, Longfellow could have written: Continue reading
It was Saturday, January 26, 1895, and throngs of mourners were gathered at the Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan for the funeral of one of America’s most prominent doctors.
Dr. Alfred Lebbeus Loomis, who had revolutionized the way tuberculosis was treated in this country, had died on January 23rd, just two days after his own personal physician had ordered him confined to bed because of a spiking fever. Dr. Loomis, diagnosed with tuberculosis some thirty years earlier, had contracted pneumonia, and would never recover. Continue reading
Did you know that some early Americans lived openly in same-sex marriages?
In this episode of the “Ben Franklin’s World” podcast, Rachel Hope Cleves, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and author of Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America, will reveal the story of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, women who lived openly as a married couple in Weybridge, Vermont between 1807 and 1851. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/013 Continue reading
Discover the story of Henry Knox’s “Noble Train” of artillery at Fort Ticonderoga’s upcoming living history event, Saturday, December 6, from 10 am – 4 pm.
The event will feature a lively program highlighting Henry Knox’s arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreate part of the epic feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776. Continue reading
No matter how long a life lasts, the residue left behind is often fleeting, and within a generation or so, most of us are largely forgotten. But it’s also true that every life has a story, and many are worth retelling. I often glean subject matter from obituaries, or from gravestones as I walk through cemeteries. A tiny snippet of information stirs the need to dig for more, perhaps revealing unusual or remarkable achievements and contributions.
A fine example involves Benjamin Wood Haynes, a native of Westford, Vermont, who lived and worked in northern New York in the latter half of the 1800s. Intriguing to me was a reference to him as a “builder,” and so the digging began, yielding some impressive nuggets. Continue reading