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The Bridgewater Historical Society provides special events throughout the year including rotating exhibits, lectures and presentations, a community open house and educational programs. We participate in the Vermont History Day and other statewide activities.

Brick School House
12 North Bridgewater Rd
Bridgewater, Vermont
All programs are free and open to the public/Refreshments provided.

Season Events for 2018

We have an exciting list of speakers this season.

Sunday August 5th, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Stephen Buta, author of “Shays’ Settlement in Vermont:a Story of Revolt and Archaeology”, will discuss his research into Shays” Rebellion and his surprising findings. There will be a book signing. Stephen is heading up the first formal archaeological excavations of Shay’s settlement in Sandgate. Come hear about the local connection Bridgewater has with Daniel Shays.

Sunday August 26th, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Bill Mares, writer and beekeeper for 45 years, tells of The origins and evolution of beekeeping, with particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. “Bees Beseiged: A History of Beekeeping” is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

Sunday September 9th, 2018 at 2: PM
Leslie Askwith, author of “Thunder-Struck Fiddle, The Remarkable True Story of Charles Morris Cobb and His Hill Farm Community in 1850s Vermont.” Learn about Charles Morris Cobb growing up on the road he called Rum Street.

Sunday September 23rd, 2018  at 2:00 PM
John Atwood will be sharing his knowledge on the history of the North Bridgewater Cemetery, hopefully on site weather permitting.

 

 


The following 2017/18 programs are available on Woodstock TV Channel 8.
See link below each program.

Thomas Giffin, President of Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA) will talk about the services they offer to towns to assist with the maintenance of cemeteries. For more information the website is http://www.voca58.org.

Link to the recording in case you were unable to attend the program and would like to see it.
https://vimeo.com/274912967?ref=em-share

The Bridgewater Historical Society is hosting a Vermont Humanities Council event
Linda Radtke – “Vermont Civil War Songbook”
Singer and researcher, Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by Arthur Zorn will share songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era.

Link to the recording in case you were unable to attend the program and would like to see it.
https://vimeo.com/241424895


The Bridgewater Historical Society is hosting a Vermont Humanities Council event
Howard Coffin: Vermont and the Civil War

This program will focus on Company E, the Second Regiment United States Sharpshooters and the Berdan rifle that they used. There were 12 soldiers credited to Bridgewater and others from nearby towns that were buried here that fought in this regiment.                                         
                                              

Gettysburg monument that honors                                                                DeAlgeroy Thompson
Vermont Sharpshooters Company E and H

Link to the recording in case you were unable to attend the program and would like to see it.
https://Vimeo.com/220072109


Jeff Leich – “Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing”
BHS will be hosting a presentation on the 10th Mountain Division by Jeff Leich, Executive Director of the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH. He is the author of 2 books, Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravineand Tales of 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing.
Bridgewater had at least four 10th Mountain Division soldiers.

Link to the recording in case you were unable to attend the program and would like to see it.
https//vimeo.com/222724276

 

 

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