The Bridgewater Historical Society provides special events throughout the year including rotating exhibits, lectures and presentations, a community open house and educational programs. 

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

Season Events for 2020

Programs will be:
Sundays at 2pm

2020 program are in the works
                

 

The following 2017/18/19 programs are available on Woodstock TV Channel 8.
See link below each program.

Erwin Fullerton – Every Tool Has a Story
Mr. Fullerton is a long time South Woodstock resident, tree farmer, historian, author, collector of tools will talk about farm life artifacts from a day long gone by and how our society has changed.
Program Video Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i56wecXT8R0


Cassie Horner –
 “Lucy E. -‘The Road To Victory’”
Meet Lucy E. a tough driven woman, born in the mountain town of Mount Holly, Vermont about 1826. This is the story, based on fact, of her survival through increasing hard times in Vermont and New Hampshire, beginning with the deaths of her father and husband, and her fateful second marriage to a Civil War veteran who turned out to be a drinker, gambler, arsonist and abusive husband. Through all the roughness of her life, she persevered in her goals to be a landowner and farmer like her father. How she succeeded and failed is the heart of Lucy E., – Road to Victory.
Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/fBVXxJdjNns

Carrie Brown – Rosie’s Mom, Forgotten Women of First World War 
A Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau Sponsored Event.
One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. They ran powerful machinery, learned new skills, and faced the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. In this illustrated lecture, historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work, and explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War.

Steve Taylor –  History of the Grange Movement  
This program will be held
 at the Bridgewater Grange located on Route 100A in Bridgewater CornersMuch of rural New England in the late 19th century was locked in a downward spiral of population decline, abandonment of farms, reversion of cleared land to forest and shrinking of villages, all of which contributed to widespread feelings of melancholy and loss among its residents. The development of the Grange movement in the 1870s through the 1890s was aided greatly by people’s hunger for a new vehicle to draw communities together for social interaction, entertainment and mutual support.
Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/EoSBmHbQ_lw

 

Terry Richards and Bill Kaigle -Vermont in the Civil War Heritage Trail
The Vermont in the Civil War Heritage Trail follows US Route 7, South to North. Each site is a link to the crucial contributions Vermont made to the preservation of these United States in the American “War Between the States.”
Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/A3B8xBZfGxE

 

Howard Coffin –VT and 1816 The Year Without A Summer 
The year 1816 was the coldest in Vermont’s history, as a frost hit every month. Crops failed, food was scarce, people left the state by the thousands. That year of suffering, known in Vermont as “1800 and froze to death.” was actually part of a worldwide disaster science now understands. But in 1816, it appeared to many that the world was ending. Out of it all came stories that survive to tell a chilling tale.
Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/N_bNubejwHk

 

Gordon Tuthill, long time Woodstock resident, surveyor and historian, will give a presentation on
Bridgewater’s Unique Land Division after the Charter of 1761.
Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/d9bH3j9WX_0

 

John Atwood, a long time Bridgewater resident, will present a program on the North Bridgewater Cemetery. Started as a private burying ground, it was transferred in 1827 to the town of Bridgewater. John will discuss its development, tombstone and epitaph style changes, and will relate stories of several of its families.
Program Video Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpJiJ5Smg8M&list=PLiPl-dkMbwSHAl1ZVYlYXj2jJaM8c7VJA&index=1

 

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.

Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/tiVJs1KBX_s

 

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.

Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/B0_vUNJNKOk

 

Stephen Butz, 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.

Program Video Link:
https://vimeo.com/286411567

 

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.

Program Video Link:
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.

Program Video Link:
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.

Program Video Link:
https://Vimeo.com/220072109                                 
                                              

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

 

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 Ravine and Tales of 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing.
Bridgewater had at least four 10th Mountain Division soldiers.

Program Video Link:
https//vimeo.com/222724276

 

 

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