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  1. The Town of Chittenden, named for the first governor Thomas Chittenden, was granted by the legislature of the independent State of Vermont in March 1780 to Gershom Beach and his 65 associates. On the same day, the Town of Philadelphia was granted to his son Samuel Beach. Philadelphia was slow to settle, and in 1816 the southern half of Philadelphia became part of the Town Chittenden, making Chittenden the largest township in the state. http://www.chittendenhistory.org/ The Chittenden Historical Society formed in 1976 for the purpose of buying, selling and acquiring as gifts both real and personal property; and of teaching, publishing and reproducing by any means historical data and information; of identifying, marking and maintaining property and sites. The society depends solely on members dues and fundraising activities, such as bake sales and an antiques appraisal night with Jim Marquis, to support its programs and projects. The society sponsors the Davenport-Muzzy History Award of $100 U.S. Savings Bond to a graduate of Barstow Memorial School who demonstrates exemplary interest in history. Since 2007 it has become a tradition for the Historical Society to annually organize a potluck supper to include a noteworthy speaker on a topic in history. All events are free and open to the public. Our mission is to preserve, and share through education, town history. In our programming, we try to include something for everyone: We sponsor educational field trips and hikes to explore the town’s early history. We endeavor to bring programs of interest to our town on meeting nights. We collect and preserve photos, artifacts, oral histories, genealogies, and historical accounts of town places and events. Our past activities have included sponsoring a Memorial Day event to honor our living and deceased military personnel, preservation and restoration of the Grange Hall, the Muzzy Davenport Award for best school project about local history, and hikes to places with historical significance. The society is actively building its collections of biographical, genealogical and historical information and artifacts that relate to Chittenden history. Any and all contributions that relate to Chittenden history are appreciated. The Chittenden Historical Society meets the second Tuesday of the month, March through December, at 7:00 PM at the Historical Society on Holden Road in Chittenden. Visitors are welcome.
  2. The Castleton Historical Society’s mission is to discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge about the history of Castleton and the State of Vermont. The Castleton Historical Society was established in 1947 by a group of citizens concerned with saving one of the town’s oldest buildings, a small brick house at the end of Main Street, built in the 1790’s and called The Cobbler’s Shop. This accomplished, the Society flourished through the years and continues to play a dynamic role in the community. In 1991 the Society acquired the Higley House, formerly a private home built in 1811. The house is used as a home for the Historical Society as well as a house museum open to the public. http://castletonverm...orical-society/ The Castleton Historical Society’s offices are located in the Higley House Museum. The Higley House Museum is not open on a regular basis in the winter months, but special visits or group tours may be arranged by calling the contact number below. Museum open to the public June through October, Thursdays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Poultney was chartered in 1761 when Royal Governor Benning Wentworth, in the name of King George the Third, granted 61 proprietors equal shares in a township six miles square "for the due encouragement of settling a new plantation within Our said Province (of New Hampshire)." The Poultney Historical Society, a not-for-profit 501©3 organization founded in 1935, preserves and interprets the history of the Town of Poultney. An all-volunteer association supported through memberships and contributions from community members and visitors, the Society owns three historic buildings on-the-green in East Poultney…the East PoultneySchoolhouse (1896), the Melodeon Factory (1849), and the Union Academy (1791). These museums house collections of a broad range of records and artifacts accumulated over the years, including genealogical, church and cemetery records and objects from many periods including costumes, military memorabilia, restored melodeons, furniture, photographs, glass plate negatives, books, ironworks, farm tools and household items. http://www.poultneyh...calsociety.org/ Volunteer docents open the museums to the public on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM from July through September and by appointment during the summer or the rest of the year. The Society has produced five audio tours of historic Poultney that you can take in person or virtually. Listen to Vermont’s master storyteller, Willem Lange, as he leads you on tours of Main Street Poultney, East Poultney Village, or the surrounding countryside of slate quarries, hollows, and farms. Genealogy research and assistance is available from Poultney Historical Society volunteers and on this web site.
  4. Membership in the Society extends over a calendar year. Your dues support the annual operating expenses of Eaton Hall. Please send your check, payable to Pittsford Historical Society to the Membership Chairman, Stephen P. Belcher IV. PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763. http://www.pittsfordhistorical.com/ Hours: Apr. 6 – July 4: Tues. 9 am–4 pm July 5 – Oct. 11: Tues. 9 am–4 pm, Sunday 1 pm-4 pm Oct 12 - Nov. 16: Tues. 9 am–4 pm Address mail to: PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763 (802) 483-2040 Questions and Comments (scroll down for membership infomation) If we can help you with any questions or if you have concerns or information to pass along, please use this form to contact us. We will safeguard your contact information. Please send us your zip code to help us keep track of our visitors. Thanks.
  5. The Rutland Historical Society was founded in 1969 to serve the original town of Rutland which includes the present towns of Proctor, Rutland Town, West Rutland and the City of Rutland. The original Rutland was chartered in 1761 as part of the New Hampshire Grants by the Provincial Governor Benning Wentworth. The first settlers arrived in 1770 led by Colonel James Mead. Almost immediately a controversy arose with New York claiming the same land grants under the name of “Socialborough.” This controversy ultimately led to the Vermonters forming the Republic of Vermont from 1777-1791. Vermont became the fourteenth state in 1791. http://www.rutlandhistory.com/ You can contact us at the Rutland Historical Society in a variety of ways. You can send mail to us using the U.S. Postal system at the address above or you can E-mail us at: president@rutlandhistory.com. You can visit us in person at the Nickwackett Fire House at 96 Center Street. We are open Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. If you wish to call us on the telephone please note our hours above. You can also leave a message, and we will return your call as quickly as we can. We do want to hear from you. We will try to answer your questions but it may take a little time for a response as we are an all-volunteer organization.
  6. The museum has permanent display panels of 19th and 20th century photographs of the history of Newport and surrounding towns and Lake Memphremagog, plus an Abenaki culture timeline of the Newport/Lake Memphremagog area from Paleolithic times to the present. There are yearly changing showcases of local history, with 2007's showcase featuring summering on Indian Point, the Bluffs, and the east to west shore of the lake. The society maintains an historical walking tour along Newport's waterfront and Main Street of 10 landmarks long forgotten — in both English and French. The society offers to the public family genealogy research in the Newport area; a photograph collection; information on the history of Lake Memphremagog, the islands, and steam boats; some Canadian history; and history of the Native Americans in the area. For sale and reference use are 4 books on local cemeteries, as well as 2 local history books by Arcadia Publishing: "Newport and the Northeast Kingdon" and "Around Lake Memphremagog." http://newportvermont.org/?page_id=322 Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport Museum Emory Hebard State Office Building 100 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855 (On the 2nd Floor of the Emory Hebard building) Hours and Admission: Museum: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday mornings; and by appointment Mailing Address: 96 Stagecoach Drive, Newport, VT 05855 Phone: 802-334-6195 Contact: Barbara Malloy, President
  7. Since its founding in 1977, the Greensboro Historical Society has brought together diverse people from the community: descendants of founding families, new residents, members of the summer community, school children, working people and those who have chosen to retire in our town. All come together to celebrate and learn from our predecessors in this special place. Our membership in this small town is more than 300 families. http://www.greensbor...calsociety.org/ What do we do? We produce varied publications (see the "Resources" menu items) We do original research, published since 1975 in our annual journal, The Hazen Road Dispatch (see the "Resources" menu items) We provide space for permanent display of artifacts from early Greensboro settlers and create special annual exhibits to highlight some aspect of the town's history in the new addition to the GHS building, completed in 2010; and we assemble albums containing photos and information from each exhibit (see the "Resources" and the "Photo Gallery" menu items) We arrange at least three annual lectures, panels, or general interest programs, including a winter meeting and summer meetings in July and August, on topics related to the year's theme (see the "Events" menu items) We sponsor educational seminars on historical themes We work with teachers and students at the local school to involve children in learning about their history We store records of several community organizations We collect and archive records, photos, genealogy data and historic artifacts from Greensboro families We record audiotapes and DVDs of individuals and meetings (see "Audio" and "Video" archives under the "Resources" menu item) We collect and file information on current events for future generations We sponsor walks to local spots of historical interest We enjoy monthly luncheon meetings and a summer ice cream social with old-time games for children; and we conduct an annual book sale each autumn.
  8. The mission of the Glover Historical Society is to advance the study and understanding of the history of Glover. This purpose shall be pursued by the acquisition, preservation, interpretation and display in a museum setting of items related to Glover history; by publishing a periodical Newsletter; and by engaging in or sponsoring of, the compilation, publication and distribution of material, printed or otherwise, pertaining to the history of Glover. http://www.gloverhis...ociety.org/ghs/ The Glover Historical Society Museum has many interesting items and documents available for viewing. It is also a ready resource for those involved in tracing genealogies. The Museum offers many sources of ancestral information ranging from bound volumes of area families, annual lists, various school attendance records, letters, newspaper articles, photo albums and more. The Glover Town Clerk’s office on the first floor has property records that extend back to the 1700′s. If you are not able to come to the Museum to do your research, a member of the Glover Historical Society will perform the search for you for a fee of $25 per hour ($5 to the GHS and $20 to the researcher). Send email inquiries to gloverhistory@yahoo.com. Or write to: Glover Historical Society P.O. Box 208 Glover VT 05839
  9. The museum is located in the former Superintendent's Building next to North Country Union Junior High School on Main Street. There are archives from Derby Academy and material relating to the history of the town. http://derbyvt.org/?page_id=36 The Orleans County Historical Society owns and operates the Old Stone House Museum, the people’s history museum of Orleans County, located in the Brownington Village Historic District. The Old Stone House and the Lawrence Barn, an agricultural exhibit, are open for guided tours from May 15 to October 15. All Orleans County residents receive a discount on admissions at the Museum. The visitor’s center, located in the Alexander Twilight House across from the museum, is open year-round. The Prospect Hill Observatory, offering a panoramic view of Orleans County and beyond, is open from May 1 to November 1. The library and archives, in the Cyrus Easton House are open by appointment year-round.
  10. The Dorset Historical Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1963. The Society's purposes are: to discover and collect materials that will help establish or illustrate the history of Dorset, Vermont; to provide for the preservation of relevant collections; to exhibit archival materials and disseminate historical information; and to educate members of the Society and the public. Toward these ends, DHS collects and maintains artifacts, art, photographs, documents, books, manuscripts, and genealogical records pertinent to Dorset and its environs from the time the town was chartered in 1761 to the present. http://www.dorsetvthistory.org/ Since its founding in 1963, the Dorset Historical Society has been collecting artifacts, books, ledgers, photographs, legal records, and manuscripts about local families such as Ames, Farwell, Jackson, Kent, Manly/Manley, Paddock, Sykes and Underhill. Dorset Historical Society collections include Revolutionary and Civil War rosters of Dorset men; town census records (1790-1850); mid-19th century maps locating homes and businesses and cemetery records up to the 1970's.
  11. The Bennington Historical Society's mission is to research the history of Bennington and surrounding communities and share our insights with the public. We hope to foster a greater understanding of our common heritage. http://www.benningto...al-society.html Our members conduct oral history interviews, and collect and transcribe diaries, letters, and other documents that provide insights into life in and around Bennington. Recently, the society has produced a series of educational DVDs on topics related to local history, including Baseball in Bennington and Postcards from Bennington. The society conducts approximately eight monthly meetings per year in the Bennington Museum’s beautiful Ada Paresky Education Center. Programs typically consist of a presenter who addresses a topic concerning Bennington's rich history. Recent meetings have included the solo historical character actor Jim Cooke, best known for his rendition of Calvin Coolidge, and Brian Donelson, author of “The Coming of the Train,” who gave a presentation on the fascinating history and the impact of the Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad (HT&W).
  12. The purpose of the Society shall be to: foster a sense of community through knowledge of our past connect people to the land through history provide a legacy of Starksboro's past and present for future generations. http://www.starksbor...calsociety.org/ Regular Meetings: Regular meetings of the Members shall be held on the 4th Thursday of every other month, starting in January, at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise announced. Annual Meetings: The regular meeting of the Members scheduled for the month of January in each year shall be considered the Society’s Annual Meeting, unless otherwise announced. Business to be transacted at the Annual Meeting: Members of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Society shall be elected at the annual meeting as required to fill vacancies. Action shall be taken at the annual meeting on the reports of the activities of the Trustees, the officers and various committees during the preceding year. All reports submitted at the annual meeting shall be in writing. Any other business may be transacted at the annual meeting that may properly come before the meeting.
  13. For information on the Society contact: Shoreham Historical Society P.O.Box 156 Shoreham VT 05770 http://www.steve-wor...mHS/SHShome.htm For genealogical inquiries contact: Susan MacIntire P.O. Box 235 Shoreham, VT 05770
  14. Recently reorganized, the Ripton Historical Society plans to make its new home in the renovated Ripton Community Church. Contact Charles Billings for more information. Mailing: PO Box 119, Ripton VT 05766 Phone: 802-388-1634 Email: charlsbillings@gmail.com. http://www.riptonvt....orical-society/ Like this
  15. The Monkton Museum and Historical Society first incorporated in 1976, the year of the nation’s bicentennial. After several years of inactivity, reorganization occurred in 2004. The Monkton Museum and Historical Society (MM&HS) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Vermont. http://monktonvt.com...orical-society/ The MM&HS meets the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Monkton Town Hall. In the event of a storm on the Monday meeting day, the meeting is held Tuesday evening. Dues are only $10.00 per person per year. Please consider joining us! All correspondence should be sent to the: Monkton Museum and Historical Society 280 Monkton Ridge North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473 Like this
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