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Rokeby to exhibit 100-year-old NYC postcards by Vt. artist

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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FERRISBURGH — As Rokeby Museum Director Jane Williamson researched artist Rachael Robinson Elmer, who grew up at the Rokeby homestead in the late 1800s, she read of a mysterious painting. The depiction of New York’s City Hall painted in the Impressionist style had been rejected from a series Elmer created for a group of 12 postcards in the early 1900s, and it had not been seen since.

What Williamson didn’t expect was to find the very painting in the Rokeby archives, where it had been nestled since Elmer’s death in 1919.

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Retiring Mt. Abe History teacher to leave students thinking about current events

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Posters line the walls of Rick Desorda’s classroom. They were made by the Mount Abraham Union High School history teacher’s students, and explain key terms and figures from the Vietnam War — the Tet Offensive, Lyndon B. Johnson, the Silent Majority, Kent State.

For the students, these people, places and events mark a distant time in the past, decades before they were born. But when Desorda was their age, events from halfway around the world figured greatly in his future.

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Clippings: The importance of teaching history

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



When I went home for breaks during college, I would sub at the schools I attended growing up. Sometimes teachers wrote detailed lesson plans, other times nothing — leaving me with 80 minutes of instructional time and a classroom of students.

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Opinion: Let's talk about Middlebury — A brief history of the town offices, gym

Posted on December 19, 2013 |
By John Barstow and Chris English



Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns by members of Middlebury’s Town Offices and Recreation Facilities Steering Committee.

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CSAC marks bicentennial of 89 Main, Phelps family

Posted on October 31, 2013 |
By George Bellerose



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MIDDLEBURY — A quick quiz on Middlebury history:

•  Who were Samuel Sheather Phelps and his son Edward J. Phelps?

•  What makes 89 Main St. in Middlebury, the home of the Counseling Service of Addison County’s adult clinical services, historically significant?

S.S. and E.J. Phelps are, for most, not household names like the town’s distinguished founders and promoters — Painter, Chipman, Storrs and Battell.

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Learn more about local history through lively programs

Posted on September 23, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL/WEST ADDISON — Two Vermont State Historic Sites in Addison County are offering history programs on the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29.

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New Sheldon Museum exhibit offers a view into the history of dairy

Posted on June 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ask some young whippersnapper where milk comes from, and you might get the wiseacre response, “from a carton.”

Well, a new exhibit at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History aims to set the record straight on all things dairy, covering the past 200 years. On display at the Middlebury museum through Aug. 4, “From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England” features a mesmerizing mélange of milk memorabilia that would make Old McDonald’s jaw drop.

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Preserving a legacy: Group seeks to restore old Quarry Hill School

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s been 59 years since classes were in session at the former Quarry Hill School on Case Street, but if you listen really closely, you can almost make out the echoes of the daily roll call bouncing off the now-bare plaster walls in that single room.

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Local monument part of a Vermont tradition

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Nancy Price Graff



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More than 6,000 people thronged the town on this cool, bright day in May 1905, some having arrived by train from as far away as Burlington and Rutland. The occasion was a special celebration of Memorial Day, a holiday that had arisen spontaneously in the years immediately after the Civil War to honor soldiers from both the North and the South.

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Bristol landmark ‘The Pillars’ to be moved to upstate New York

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL A town landmark, the Greek Revival style building on Route 116 known as “The Pillars,” is leaving Bristol for good.

Although some who have driven past the home recently have speculated that the building is being renovated, the opposite is actually true.

“It’s being deconstructed,” explained Diane Saunders, the Bristol resident who lives in another home on the property where the historic building currently stands and who used to own The Pillars with her husband, Alan.

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