Manchester Village Walk on Wednesday, July 16

Manchester Historical Society directors Bill Badger and Judy Harwood will be leading a tour of Main Street in Manchester Village on Wednesday, July 16 at 7 pm. If you have always wanted to know the stories behind the beautiful historic houses, plan to meet them in front of the Equinox. Refreshments will be served following the walk courtesy of Equinox Resort. This event is free and open to the public.

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Col. William Marsh on June 20

Join us on Friday, June 20 for Col. William Marsh, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist. The Northshire Bookstore and the Manchester Historical Society are pleased to present authors Jennifer S.H. Brown and Wilson B. Brown who will speak about their recent publication, Col. William Marsh, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist. The program is at 7 pm at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center.

Their carefully researched book tells the story of William Marsh (1738-1816), an intriguing but little-known Revolutionary War soldier. A founder of Vermont, Marsh has been overshadowed by the more commonly known historical figures of Ethan and Ira Allen. A colonel in the Manchester, Vermont, militia, Marsh supported the Green Mountain Boys. He played a key role in uniting Vermont towns as they requested recognition as a state. Marsh and other Vermont loyalists and partisans secured Vermont’s neutrality in the later years of the Revolution and protected it from British raids. Marsh’s remarkable gravestone in Dorset stands as a reminder of his importance to this area. Tyler Resch, research librarian at the Bennington Museum, commented in his review, “In revealing Marsh’s little-known role in the creation of the feisty and independent state of Vermont, and his later work with the British on its behalf, the book makes a major contribution to its history, telling ‘the Vermont story’ in fresh and readable ways and making sophisticated use of a wide variety of sources.”

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May and June Programs 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Introducing “Little Eli,” Manchester’s Newly Restored 19th Century Fire Pumper

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“Little Eli” returns to Manchester under the watchful eye of Ted Hopkins.

Ted Hopkins and Philip “Grub” Bourn will present a program on “Little Eli,” as the fire pumper has always been affectionately called. Hopkins was a member of the Manchester Village Fire Department in 1951 when the Village trustees gave the 19th century pumper to the Manchester Historical Society. It had been stored for many decades in the basement of the Village firehouse which was built in the 1880s. The pumper was restored last year thanks in large part to a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. “Little Eli” will be presented at Manchester’s current firehouse, 6041 Main Street, just behind Manchester Town Hall on Route 7A in Manchester Center. The program is at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow.  Thank you to Shaw Insurance of Manchester for supporting this presentation!

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Little Eli at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in the 1960s

Friday, June 20

Col. William Marsh, Vermont, Patriot and Loyalist

The Northshire Bookstore and the Manchester Historical Society are pleased to present authors Jennifer S.H. Brown and Wilson B. Brown who will speak about their recent publication, Col. William Marsh, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist. Their carefully researched book tells the story of William Marsh (1738-1816), an intriguing but little-known Revolutionary War soldier. A founder of Vermont, Marsh has been overshadowed by the more commonly known historical figures of Ethan and Ira Allen. A colonel in the Manchester, Vermont, militia, Marsh supported the Green Mountain Boys. He played a key role in uniting Vermont towns as they requested recognition as a state. Marsh and other Vermont loyalists and partisans secured Vermont’s neutrality in the later years of the Revolution and protected it from British raids. Marsh’s remarkable gravestone in Dorset stands as a reminder of his importance to this area. Tyler Resch, research librarian at the Bennington Museum, commented in his review, “In revealing Marsh’s little-known role in the creation of the feisty and independent state of Vermont, and his later work with the British on its behalf, the book makes a major contribution to its history, telling ‘the Vermont story’ in fresh and readable ways and making sophisticated use of a wide variety of sources.” The program is at 7 pm at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center.

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Local Historical Societies Present “The History of the Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad” on Feb. 19

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The quarry in South Dorset today is a favorite swimming hole in the summer, but a little over a hundred years ago the marble used in the construction of the New York Public Library was carved from its depths. Over 42,000 tons of white marble from the Norcross–West quarry were needed for the interior and exterior walls, floors, vaults and columns and even the iconic lions, an order that revived the long-idled marble quarrying industry and created a new railroad line.

The Manchester and Dorset Historical Societies will host a talk by railroad expert Bill Badger on the history and legacy of the 5.9 mile-long railroad line built during one of the severest winters in Vermont to efficiently transport the marble to the main railroad line at Manchester Depot. “The History of the Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad” will be held Wednesday, February 19, at 7 pm at Long Trail School in Dorset.

 

New Officers and Directors Elected

The Manchester Historical Society elected new officers and four new members of the board at its annual meeting in December. New officers are Frederica Templeton, president, Kim Rizio, vice president, Sally Treat, secretary, and Bill Badger, treasurer. New board members Mike Powers, Gail Rice, Linda Benway and Eric Severance join current members Judy Harwood, Terry Tyler, and Bob Treat. Wes Hill was named curator.

The society’s next program, presented jointly with the Dorset Historical Society, is “The History of the Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad” given by Bill Badger on Feb. 19 at the Long Trail School at 7 pm. Come find out how a library brought forth a railroad.

Many items from the collection can be seen on display in the Manchester Town Hall on Route 7A North.

For more information please e-mail us at info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org

The mission of the Manchester Historical Society is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the story of Manchester, Vermont, through the research collection, exhibitions, programs, and publications.

Email: info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org