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Warren Pease recently celebrated his 90th birthday. For much of his life he worked at the Retreat Farm. The Historical Society interviewed Warren about his farm experience. Here is a summary of the interview...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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The wood fiber/polymer material known as Texon was developed in Brattleboro by DuPont in the 1930's. It is presently used in many products that include footwear, athletic wear and protective gear. Here's the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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The Willard family is very connected to the history of Fort Dummer. This podcast follows four generations of Willards, from the mouth of the Connecticut River in the 1600's to Fort #4 in the 1700's.โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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The first African American family burial plot in Brattleboro was purchased in 1859 by Francis (Frank) Green. The plot is located in the Prospect Hill Cemetery. Frank Green moved to Brattleboro in the mid-1830’s. Here is the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In December 1723 the colony of Massachusetts decided to build a fort on the northern frontier of their colony to protect settlements along the Connecticut River Valley and establish trade arrangements with the Natives. Alliances between Europeans and Native Americans shifted with changing circumstances. Here's the story...…
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In 1803 John Gore was born in Halifax, Vermont. He moved to Brattleboro and opened a blacksmith shop with his brothers. He also became very involved in the design and construction of steam boilers and engines. His mechanical genius became well known to many. Here's his story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1939 the Wizard of Oz played at the newly opened Latchis Memorial Theatre. As part of the movie promotion, the original Munchkin Land Carriage from the movie set was on display during a parade featuring local youngsters dressed as the movie characters. This is the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1824 Stephen Greenleaf wrote a description of Brattleborough for Zadock Thompson's Vermont Gazetteer. The 200 year old overview of town is shared in this podcast...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Sixty years ago the Puerto Rican Little League champions played in Brattleboro as part of the New England Little League Championship. Enrique Rivera was the 2nd baseman for the team. Recently he visited the Little League field on South Main St to help remember the experience...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Bob Cornellier joined the BHS Trustees in 2020. He has made many contributions to the Society. These contributions include images from far below the water's surface and high above the tallest structure in our community.โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Barrows Mussey moved to the Brattleboro area in the 1930's. He wrote many stories with local historical connections. He also translated Mein Kampf for a NYC publisher and wrote many textbooks for magicians. Here's his story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1971 snow began to fall late on Thanksgiving Eve. The National Weather Service had anticipated light precipitation in the Brattleboro area. However, a Nor’easter arrived instead of light snow and the town plows were on the road by 4 am Thanksgiving morning. They ran continuously for the next twenty hours as fifteen inches of snow fell in Brattle…
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Between the 1850’s and the 1950’s Brattleboro’s Estey Organ Company built more than 500,000 reed organs. Jacob Estey, founder of the business, could not play an instrument, but was instrumental in the development of American musical tastes. This is the story of how it all began...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In the late 1800's French Canadian immigrant Frank Curtis invented a machine that could automatically make screws. He and his sons would go on to refine the machining components and further develop his invention. Eventually, the machining platform developed by Curtis would be used to create products for a variety of industries. Today, many vehicles…
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From 1974-1981 the Chelsea House Cafe and Folklore Center operated in an old barn in West Brattleboro. Philadelphia transplants Carol Levin and Bill Gehman began the non-profit organization and brought Folk and Traditional Music performers from all over the world to the area.โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Thomas Akeley moved to Vermont in 1776. He had already fought against the British at Lexington the year before. He would make contributions to the war effort while living here as well. This is his story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In the 1800's there was a civically-minded trend to beautify town graveyards. This podcast shares how the Village Burying Ground became the Prospect Hill Cemetery. Prominent residents led a movement to create a resting space for the living and the dead...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1824 there was a woolen mill at the end of Birge Street. By the 1880’s Henry Fletcher had converted the old woolen mill into a sawmill. The sawmill continued to operate under various owners until 1953. An investigation into the site is happening now to get a better understanding of what life was like for the mill workers. Here's the story...…
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The portrait was prominently displayed in the Reading Room of the old Brattleboro Library for more than 50 years. Colonel Tyler was only 21 years old when he died from wounds sustained at the Battle of the Wilderness. The surviving men of his Regiment asked that his portrait remain on display to remind the community of the service, sacrifice and fa…
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Esteyville was a town within a town. Two stores had most everything one needed. There was a neighborhood school, a church, Fuller Park and the bandstand. This little community was held together and enhanced by the Ladies Enterprise Society. Here's the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1924 four young people joined an after school club at Brattleboro High School. They would go on to win the state debate championship at UVM in 1925. We wanted to know what happened to them after high school. Here are their stories...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Robert Gordon Hardie, Jr. came into the world in 1854 - the son of Major Robert Gordon Hardie, Sr. and Frances Whiting Hyde. He would go on to become a portrait painter and rise to fame in the art world. He grew up on Canal Street but traveled the world in pursuit of his art. Here's his story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Josh is the creator of the Instagram page "Landmarks of Brattleboro". It is an excellent source for images, and the history, of various locations in the area. This episode explores Josh's connections with Brattleboro...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Estey Organ Co. made over half a million reed organs and more than 3,000 pipe organs. The "made to order" pipe organs are featured in churches, clubs and mansions throughout the world. Each unique set of design plans has been preserved for reference. Recently these records were shipped to the Organ Historical Society in Pennsylvania. Here's the sto…
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In March, 1933 Ulric Rolin was the head bookkeeper at Manley Brothers Company, an automobile dealer in Brattleboro. Auditors arrived to check the books and Ulric Rolins disappeared. This is the strange story that unfolded...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Edward Heights became a public road in 1947. This was part of the building boom after World War II. Developer Edward Gagnon established 5 houses on the road and there were plans for 5 more. Fuller Drive was another section of town opened up at the same time. This is the story of Edward Heights...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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102 years ago the current bridge between Brattleboro and Hinsdale was put into place. Now a replacement bridge is in the process of construction. This will be the 8th bridge that has spanned the Connecticut River between Brattleboro and Hinsdale. Here's the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Prospect Hill Cemetery was once known as the East Village Burying Ground. It began in 1796 with the burial of Freedom Clark, a woman who died during childbirth. Her daughter, also named Freedom, survived. This story, and others about the beginning of the cemetery, are shared in this podcast...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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“My life is recreation. I do it, I live it, I love it and I’ll continue to do it,” said Frank Dearborn on the day he retired as longtime Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the town of Brattleboro on May 25, 1990, a day that was declared “Frank H. Dearborn Day.” Here's his story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1961 a local cable company built a tower on Wantastiquet for better reception. In the '80's the tower was replaced, and last month it was taken down...here's the storyโดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Recently the United States government came to an agreement that averted a federal default on its debt payment. There is a history to this, and we will turn the clock back to the early 1970s when America’s debt was growing, and dissatisfaction was being expressed...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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There was a time when the local fire department would host a banquet for the BUHS football team. These banquets honored the efforts of the local athletes and also served as a recruiting tool for the fire department. Here's the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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The very first organized fire fighting force in Brattleboro dates back to December 1831, when the Brattleboro Fire Society was formed on Main Street. The organization operated out of the old Chase's Stage House, which stood where Vermont Artisan Designs is today. There have been a few changes since then...…
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In the 1960’s Denny and Don Robinson, twin brothers from Dummerston Elementary School, joined with Phil Natowich of Brattleboro to form a powerful athletic threesome at Brattleboro Union High School. They would play baseball and football together, winning a state football Division I championship on the heels of bringing the Brattleboro American Leg…
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In 1951 Junior High Science teacher Ruth Atkinson wrote about the history of Brattleboro's trees for a local history and folklore publication. We share that story in this week's podcast...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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The Interstate highway system in Vermont linking Massachusetts to Canada was completed in 1978, a full 20 years after the first section of Vermont Interstate was constructed. The destination of that first stretch of Interstate was Brattleboro...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1954 Marshall Frizzell and the FFA planted European Larch trees at the Clark farm on Guilford Street. Frizzell would later die while serving in Vietnam. The trees would become part of Living Memorial Park and, in 1980, they were designated as a living memorial to those who served in the Korean War. Here's the story...…
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In 1965 the Melsur Corporation purchased land in northeastern Brattleboro on Old Ferry Road from Robert and Ruth Allard. Financing was arranged with the help of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. A 2 ½ story, 15,000 foot manufacturing plant was built on the old Allard property by Loney Construction. For the next 25 years school furnitu…
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Joe Shield grew up in town and went on to play for the Green Bay Packers. Here we read part of the speech he gave at the BUHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2020. He will be inducted into the Vermont Principal's Association Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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During World War I almost 700 Vermont soldiers were transported to France on the largest troopship in the world, the Leviathan. About 30% died as a result of contracting influenza while on board. Brattleboro's Ernest Gibson wrote about the tragedy and we share the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Deidrich (DeDe) Stolte contributed a great deal to the athletic and moral upbringing of Brattleboro's young people 100 years ago. The current high school sports complex is dedicated to his memory. This is his story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Florence Anderson was a 1951 BHS graduate. She wrote an essay about a local hero of hers..Mary Howe. The essay was featured at the BHS commencement ceremony. Mary Howe was an international opera star who grew up in Brattleboro in the late 1800's...here's the story, read by historical society trustees...musical interlude by Phillip Chapman…
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In Brooks Memorial Library you will find a few sculptures by local artist Larkin Mead. He made them while living in Italy but they both made their way to Brattleboro. Here's the story...musical interludes by Phillip Chapmanโดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1901, 53 year old Annie Grout passed away. Many people remembered her contributions as an educator, her commitment to social justice, and her love of the natural world. She was born at a South African mission, she taught at one of the original HBCU schools after the Civil War, and pursued botanical and wildlife preservation hobbies while living …
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In 1967 a book compiled and edited by T.D. Seymour Bassett was published by the local Stephen Greene Press. It was called “Outsiders Inside Vermont” and featured thirty writers commenting on life in Vermont over a period of more than 350 years. Rudyard Kipling was one of the authors who had writings published in the book. Here's what he had to say.…
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Brattleboro sugar makers were at the forefront of establishing, maintaining, and marketing the purity and quality of Vermont Maple products. It all began in the 1880's...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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Ben is the 6th generation to work at the Robb Farm. In 1907 his family moved to Ames Hill in West Brattleboro and began a farming operation. For many years the land supported a dairy herd, but in 2011 the family shifted its emphasis from milk production to raising beef and focusing on its maple sugar operation. Recently Brattleboro Area Middle Scho…
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