This Week in Brattleboro History

Dick Mitchell was an active Trustee of the Brattleboro Historical Society. He was born in Brattleboro in 1917 and passed away in 1990. What follows are memories of his growing up in the 1920’s…

BHS at the Vermont History Expo 2016

Vermont History Expo 2016

This Week in Brattleboro History – The Class of 1952: BUHS’ First Graduating Class

This Week in Brattleboro History – Dede Stolte

Remembering Vietnam: Brattleboro’s Fallen Sons

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016

The BHS Podcast Memorial Day Special

This Week in Brattleboro & Burlington History – Live at Champlain College!

This Week in Brattleboro History

Fats Waller slams it down with Attila Zoller and other jazz luminaries on his Estey organ, from Brattleboro!

In 1927 famous jazz musician and composer Fats Waller recorded the first organ jazz records using a modified Estey Pipe Organ from Brattleboro. This is the story of Fats Waller, the Estey Organ and Brattleboro…

 

This Week in Brattleboro History – What is School For?

It was 103 years ago this week that the largest headline in the Brattleboro Daily Reformer asked, “What Is A School For?” In 1913, the Vermont Legislature created a Commission to examine the state of public education in the Green Mountains. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching evaluated the Vermont school system and gave recommendations intended to improve education. Today’s BAMS students read a summary of the ancient report and reacted. Here’s the story.

 

This Week in Brattleboro History – WWI Parade

It was 97 years ago this week that Brattleboro celebrated the return of her World War I soldiers, sailors and nurses with a parade up and down Main Street. An estimated 8,000 spectators watched 50 local organizations join together to honor the 470 men and women who served during the “War to end all Wars”. Here’s the story…

This Week in Brattleboro History – Indentured Servants

It was 150 years ago this week that Brattleboro’s Overseer of the Poor signed an Indentured Service contract with a farmer in Dover for the services of a ten year old boy named Robert Drake. That’s right! In 1866, one year after the Civil War ended, and 4 months after the United States Congress abolished slavery, a ten year old boy from Brattleboro was made an indentured servant until he reached his 21st birthday. Here’s the story…

This Week in Brattleboro History – Daughters of the American Revolution

It was 103 years ago this week that the Vermont Phoenix reported that the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was locating and marking the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers in Brattleboro and nearby towns. You may not be aware that Brattleboro is virtually surrounded by the history of the American Revolution.

Annette Spaulding presents petroglyph find at the Vermont History Museium

 

In the spring of 1909, the completion of a new hydro-electric dam in Vernon created at 28 mile long lake, from Vermont’s southern boarder with Massachusetts to Bellows Falls, as waters began to back up and subsume much of the river-adjacent countryside. On average, the water level rose 30 feet and eventually flooded more than 150 farms. Among the lands subsumed by permanent flood waters were a series of petroglyphs sites near the confluence of the West River and Connecticut River dating from a precolonial epoch, in the lands now known as Brattleboro, Vermont.

In August of 2015, after a 30-year search, underwater explorer Annette Spaulding found one of the petroglyph sites, subsumed in 1909 and unseen by persons for over a century.

In March of 2016, Annette presented her finding to a Vermont Historical Society brown bag lunch at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. BCTV and the Brattleboro Historical Society were on hand to record the lecture.

This Week in Brattleboro History – H.P. Lovecraft

It was 86 years ago this week that the writer HP Lovecraft was home in Providence, Rhode Island creating his story, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Lovecraft was a self-described writer of “weird tales” which often blended fantasy, horror and science fiction. “The Whisperer in Darkness” is one of those weird tales set in a fictionalized Vermont in an area much like our own Brattleboro.