2014 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 26th

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  Vermont History through Songs by Linda Radka. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society’s collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume and using the music Vermonters published and sang in their communities, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through our state’s history. The program is suitable for all ages.

For more information about Linda Radka, visit the Vermont Humanities Council site.

Presentation sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Speakers Bureau and the Brookfield Historical Society.

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2014 Ice Cream Social

The Brookfield Historical Society will hold its annual Helen Daly and Margaret Stone Ice Cream Social this year on Sunday, August 10, at the Society’s Marvin Newton House on Ridge Road in Brookfield.

The special feature at the house this summer is an artistic view of the History of the Floating Bridge. As it is each Sunday during the summer, the house is open for viewing from 2-4 P.M.

The Ice Cream Social, with cookies, and Music by the Bear Mountain Jammers will be available on the grounds from 2-4 p.m.

2014 Ice Cream Social flyer

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Marvin Newton House Open Sunday Afternoons

The Brookfield Historical Society museum, the Marvin Newton House, is open in July and August from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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DAR Community Service Award Given To Brookfield’s Elinor Gray

The Colonel Israel Converse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has announced that Elinor Gray of Brookfield is the recipient of the DAR Community Service Award for 2014.

For the complete article, see the May 15, 2014, issue of The Herald of Randolph or read online.

Published in: on July 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

2014 Ice Out!

The official ice out time and date were April 23 at 2:10 pm.

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11th Annual Ice-Out Contest

Poster 2013 vertical

2014 Ice-Out Ticket in PDF file format.

Published in: on January 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

2014 Brookfield Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival

Free family event, ice cutting demo, snowshoe race, ice-sled obstacle course, tug-of-war, ice skating, Brookfield School Club selling chili, hot drinks, and desserts, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014, on Sunset Lake near the Floating Bridge, Pond Village, in Brookfield.

Published in: on January 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brookfield Historical Society Presents: “Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers”

On Sunday, October 20th, at 4:00 PM at the Pond Village Church, the Brookfield Historical Society will host a public presentation on Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers and the Technology that Shaped America by Carrie Brown.

During the Civil War, the Union army fielded more than two million men, most of them armed with newly-made, highly accurate rifles.  How did the North produce all of those weapons in such a short time?  What impact did the new rifles have on the conduct and outcome of the war?  Then, after the war, how did the new manufacturing technology change American life and popular culture?  In the illustrated lecture, historian and museum curator Carrie Brown explores the critical role that Windsor, Vermont, played in producing technology that won the war and changed American life.

Carrie Brown is a writer and historian who uncovers the human story behind historic events and who explores the interplay between technology and culture.  Her Book Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women Workers of the First World War explores the lives of women who worked in munitions plants a generation before Rosie the Riveter. For more information about Carrie Brown, visit her website.

For additional information about arming the Union during the Civil War, read Mark Rondeau’s Bennington Banner article titled “Vermont gunmakers armed the Union.”

Several important firearms manufactured at Windsor, Vermont, and loaned by the Sullivan Museum of Norwich University will be on display for the presentation that is co-sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Speakers Bureau.  It is free, accessible to people with disabilities, and open to the public. Contact Gary Lord at (802) 276-3927 for more information.

BHS 2013 Arming the Union flyer

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Elisabeth von Trapp at the Old Town Hall

Elisabeth von Trapp poster

PDF copy of flyer.

For more information about Elisabeth von Trapp, visit her website at http://www.elisabethvontrapp.com/ .

Published in: on August 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Remembering Stella Maloney

“Remembering Stella Maloney: A ‘Disappearing Generation’ of Vermonter” by Susan Shea.

Sue writes:

Stella was one of a generation of Vermonters, fast disappearing, who lived much of their lives in a slower, simpler time before interstate highways, cell phones, computers, and the Internet, when neighbors and community were very important, when many people had little and had to make do. With their passing, goes a treasury of knowledge and culture and years of accumulated wisdom.

For the complete article, see the August 8, 2013, issue of The Herald of Randolph or read online.

Published in: on August 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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