Become a Member of The BHS!

We have discovered a meteoric rise in the number of people following the Brattleboro Historical Society’s social media sites. Currently, thousands of people are daily likely to view our postings of Brattleboro history. Would you consider becoming a member of the Brattleboro Historical Society? Yearly membership is $25.00. Membership benefits include receiving our newsletter. We are strictly a non profit and 100% of your membership dues will go to the efforts of the BHS.

To become a member write your tax deductible check to:

Brattleboro Historical Society and send it to:
Brattleboro Historical Society
230 Main Street #301
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Here is a link to the most recent newsletter to give you a sampling. Thank you.

BHS Newsletter 2017 by Brattleboro Historical Society on Scribd

We Have a Winner!

We had over 50 answers and many questions about this car. We had 3 correct submissions and will be awarding a free one year membership to the Brattleboro Historical Society to each of the winners. They are:
William Sullivan –
Chief Engineer at JVC Broadcasting of South Florida
He studied at Vermont Technical College
Went to Brattleboro Union High School
Lives in Apopka, Florida

Doug Bassett –
BUHS Graduate class of 1991
Produce Associate at Hannaford’s and Package Handler at UPS
Formerly at: 96.7 WTSA FM and Iconic Rock 92.7

Steve Letourneau –
BUHS Class of 1988
New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Lives in Berlin, New Hampshire

About the car – It is a Ford Model N Runabout made in 1906. It belonged to Brattleboro’s John Ryder. Fred Adams, using a Kodak camera, placed his 1 year old son, Lyman, and Lyman’s friend, 2 year old Howard Rice, and took this photograph in October. The car had a 15 horse power, 4 cylinder engine and reached about 45 MPH. This Model N was the best selling car in America in 1906. Ford’s Model T came out in 1908. The photograph was taken on Brattleboro’s North Street.

Howard Rice graduated from Dartmouth College in 1926 & retired as an Associate Professor from Princeton University in 1970.

Lyman Adams earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1928. He retired in 1967 from the American Optical where he had been Personnel Director.

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This Week in Brattleboro History: Charles Wood and the Circus

In 1820 Charles Wood was born in Centreville. Who knew he would join the circus, work with the 1st lion tamer to place his head inside a lion’s mouth and finish his career with P.T. Barnum? Here’s his story…

This Week in Brattleboro History: Maple Syrup & Sugar

This Week in Brattleboro History: The Flood of ’36

81 years ago this week the largest flood in recorded Brattleboro history struck our town. Here’s the story…

This Week in Brattleboro History: Mary Shiminski, I Love You

“In 1974 Mary Shiminski broke up with her boyfriend, Bert Salva. What followed inspired poetry, art and song. Here’s the story…”

Keene Sentinel link…1436d780.html

BHS Podcast e84 – Starting at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Brattleboro’s Joe Shield

According to the website Fansided, Vermont’s greatest college quarterback of all time is Brattleboro’s Joe Shield. Here’s his story…


Winter in Brattleboro: It was Cold and Snowy Back in the Day, too!

Winter in Brattleboro

The Brattleboro & Vernon Dam Part II: Another Dam Story

BAMS Students Study History with New Old Media

This Week in Brattleboro History: Ethan and Ira Allen at the VASS conference

Gordon Haywood Discussion of his New Book about Latchis

Gordon Haywood is speaking at the History Center, Friday evening 12/2, to discuss his new book about the Latches family and building.

At the BHS History Center on Main St.

This Week in Brattleboro History

BHS Podcast e76 – Interview with Historical Society President John Carnahan

BHS Podcast e75 – This Week in Brattleboro History – Hinsdale Raceway

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