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BAMS students interviewed Ben Robb of Robb Family Farm concerning this year's sugaring season. The Robb's have been sugaring on Ames Hill in West Brattleboro for four generations. It was a wide-ranging interview touching upon the polar vortex, the Canadian Maple Federation, changing taste palates, evolving technology and predicted long term trends …
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Irah D. Spaulding was 19 when he earned his pilot's license in 1912. Irah grew up on Elliot Street. He was the first person to fly an exhibition biplane at the Valley Fairgrounds. He served in World War I and continued flying experimental planes for the Navy after the war. Injuries caused him to leave the military in 1922. He would later have an in…
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Pleasant Valley Reservoir is a vital piece of the Brattleboro water system. Here's the story of its 1909 construction and how Italian workers were involved in many of the major infrastructure projects of the time...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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The last major solar eclipse to pass over Brattleboro occurred in 1932. Radio was still a fairly new technology and scientists studied the impact of a solar eclipse on commercial radio signals. The press called this the first "spectator eclipse" as many people traveled to see the rare, natural phenomenon. Here is the story...…
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Carrie Balestier and Rudyard Kipling were married and moved to Vermont in 1892. They would remain in the Brattleboro area until a family feud caused them to move to England in 1896. Local historian Mary Cabot was a family friend and wrote about what caused them to leave...here's the story (portrait of Carrie Balestier Kipling)…
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Caroline Balestier, a young woman from Brattleboro, married world-famous author Rudyard Kipling in January, 1892 while both were in London, England. The wedding took place during a flu epidemic that was sweeping through England at the time. This is the story of how Carrie and Kipling met and chose to settle in Brattleboro.…
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This week’s vocabulary word is hyperbole.In 1893 Daniel Griggs declared Brattleboro “The Best Place on Earth”. Griggs was half of a business partnership that produced a promotional real estate booklet claiming the town was “full of beauty, health and goodness.” Here's the story...โดย Brattleboro Historical Society
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In 1961 Brattleboro switched to Representative Town Meeting.177 candidates filed petitions to become one of the 105 Representative Town Meeting members. There was a robust vote and the Representatives were chosen. The meeting took place in the high school gym. In this episode reasons for the 1961 government switch are offered. This year there are 3…
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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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