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

Click on the image for a larger view.  PDF version of flyer.

Published in: on September 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

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  


The Brookfield Historical Society has added to it’s annual Ice Cream Social this year, by having a cookie baking contest with prizes and great music to listen to.

Where:  Marvin Newton House on Ridge Road (home of the society)

When:    Aug. 11th


  • 1:00 p.m.    Entries due for cookie contest
  • 1:30 p.m.    Judging of the cookies, (lots of fun)
  • 2–4  p.m.    Ice Cream Social with cookies
  • 2- 4  p.m.    Music by the Bear Mountain Jammers

Celebrity Judge revealed

Carolyn Peake of Williamstown, Vt., from the “Across the Fence” show on WCAX-TV, will be one of the judges for the cookie baking contest.  Join in the fun and win a prize by entering the contest.

For entry information call: 276-3036 by Sat.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to enjoy the afternoon with friends and neighbors. There are two Exhibits in the house, “Christmas with the Newtons” and “Honoring those who served in the Civil War.

Admission free, donations accepted.

Published in: on August 7, 2013 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Christmas at the Newton’s

Stop by the Marvin Newton House, (home of the Brookfield Historical Society),  any Sunday in July or August between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere of Christmas in the late 1800”s.  Nancy Newton is greeting guests in the parlor as they arrive with gifts to join in the festivities; Santa is filling stockings by the tree; the dining room table is set for guests and the punch bowl and desserts are waiting; the citrus garland and the aroma of gingerbread cookies baking in the kitchen completes the holiday mood. In addition, many of the origins of Christmas traditions such as, the Christmas tree, the Christmas card, Candy Canes, Bells and Candles, Night before Christmas and Christmas in July are placed around to enhance the experience.  This exhibit is in the main part of the house both up and downstairs.

MNH xmas kitchen

MNH xmas santa 1

The excellent “Remembering those who served in the Civil War” exhibit is still on display in the exhibit part of the house and has been extended since last year. A handwritten diary written from the fields of the war and how it really was and numerous photos and other memorabilia are on display also.

Other programs for the year are:

August 11, The Annual Ice Cream Social.

September 15,  Elisabeth Von Trapp Concert sponsored by the historical Society at the Old Town Hall In Pond Village.

Don’t miss any of these programs, fun and entertainment for all.

Published in: on July 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brookfield Also Gave, in Full Measure

In Sandy Vondrasek’s article “Brookfield Also Gave, in Full Measure” (The Herald of Randolph, May 23, 2013, Summer Fun, page 9), Elinor Gray highlights the summer exhibit at the Brookfield Historical Society.

Published in: on June 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Membership Appreciation Day

BHS Membership Appreciatiion Day

Published in: on May 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

2013 Ice Out!

During heavy rain, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Dunkin, the ice-out monitor on Brookfield’s Sunset Pond, lived up to his name again.

At 12:32 am on April 20, Dunkin fell through the last remains of the rapidly melting ice.

Twenty individuals guessed times late on April 19 or on April 20, but the closest, with a guess of 6 am on 4/20, was Kym Anderson of Brookfield, so she wins the prize.

The Brookfield Historical Society thanks all who participated in this year’s contest.

Dunkin is headed into the barn until next winter.

Stuart Edson’s YouTube video of time-lapse photos of the ice melting on the Lake:

Published in: on April 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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