2018 Ice Out!

The official ice out time and date is April 29 at 9:51 a.m.

Dunkin’ performed flawlessly again.

Thank you all for participating in the annual raffle.

Published in: on April 30, 2018 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oral History Event: A Conversation with Dorcas Wright

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 1

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 2

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 3

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 4

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To listen to Dorcas Wright share her own memories go to: https://soundcloud.com/ruhsyouthmedia/a-conversation-with-dorcas-wright.

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 in PDF file format. When downloading and printing the PDF, change the page orientation to landscape.

Published in: on April 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Ice Out Season!

Brookfield Historical Society’s annual ice out contest is on for 2018.

Our Faithful Ice Out Monitor, Dunkin, has taken up his post on the frozen Sunset Pond.  His day and time of dunking will mark the official ice out.

Can you guess when the ice will melt?

The closest guess wins 1/4 of the contest pot.

(On average, the ice goes out in Sunset Lake in mid-April……

but sometimes late March, sometimes early May!)

To enter by mail, you can follow this link ice-out-tickets-2018 , print the form, fill it out, and mail with your payment to the address indicated.

OR… You can enter through cyberspace!   Use the fillable form, email for your entry and the website paypal.me for your payment.

This requires a 2 step process:

  1. Open and fill out the fillable form. Save and then attach it to an email to gregwight67@gmail.com
  2. Then, follow the link:  paypal.me/iceoutguess
    to submit your payment.  (You will be directed to your existing Paypal account if you have one.

Or you’ll be able to create one in a flash.)

Good Luck.  Have Fun.  Support the Brookfield Historical Society!

Ice-Out Poster 2018

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15th Annual Ice-Out Contest

Ice-Out Poster 2018

2018 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

Published in: on December 22, 2017 at 9:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Give the Gift of Brookfield to those on your Holiday List

The Brookfield Historical Society proudly presents additional, but limited, copies of the 272-page 2010 update of the town’s people, places, maps, photos and events dating back to 1779. Think of those family and friends who would enjoy their copy of this extensive history of Brookfield, Vermont. And the BHS is using the proceeds of this season’s sales as a fund-raiser for a memorial stone bench to honor Jackie Wilder, our BHS Curator for many, many years who passed away this past year. Please consider such a wonderful gift for those close to you and as a contribution towards the memory of Jackie’s dedicated work about our Town’s history.

The History of Brookfield 2017 Holiday Gift

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Published in: on November 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

2017 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  The Lynde Family of Brookfield, Vermont: An African American story comes to life through Revolutionary War records by Susan Nevins. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

John Lynde was born in 1754 in New England and joined the fight against the British shortly after the start of the Revolutionary War. He was also a man who wrote love letters to his wife from the battlefield. After the war he became a landowner and farmer in Connecticut but later moved his family to Brookfield, Vermont, where records show he was a farmer, taxpayer and registered voter. John was a respected member of a community where at least six people wrote letters to the Federal Government attesting to his Revolutionary War service and good character. “Mr. John Lynde,” is the name on his slate tombstone, dated July 13, 1828. It is traditional for the times, ornate with geometric designs, a monument to the life of this black Vermonter.

John Lynde Headstone (John Lynde Headstone)

Judith Lynde Headstone (Judith Lynde Headstone)

About the Presenter

Susan Nevins has been researching local history with the Roxbury Historical Society for 11 years. She was awarded the Weston Cate Fellowship from the Vermont Historical Society in 2014 for her research proposal involving the Lynde family. She has a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a Spanish instructor in the Modern Languages Department at Norwich University.

Published in: on October 6, 2017 at 9:58 am  Leave a Comment  

2017 Ice Cream Social

2017 Ice Cream Social flyer

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Published in: on August 9, 2017 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Victorian Gardens and Garden Design at the Marvin Newton House

Flyer-Garden Tour-2017 July 23

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2017 Marvin Newton House Open Sunday Afternoons

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

Published in: on July 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

2017 Ice Out!

The official ice out time and date is April 17 at 3:14 p.m.

Thank you all for participating in the annual raffle.

Greg Wight and Dan O’Brien retrieved Dunkin. They had to bust through honeycombed ice in Dan’s canoe to reach Dunkin.

Published in: on April 24, 2017 at 10:10 am  Leave a Comment