Spring Programs 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mount Equinox Part II
Back by popular demand! Courtney Callo grew up on the top of Mount Equinox with her family who operated the Sky Line Inn. Come hear her stories of what it was like to live on the peaks above Manchester. The program will be held at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village at 7 pm. Light refreshments will follow. This program is free and open to the public. Bring your own photos and stories from time spent at the inn.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Introducing “Little Eli,” Manchester’s Newly Restored 19th Century Fire Pumper
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.

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

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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