My Uncle Royal Houghton

My Uncle Royal Houghton

By Walter Houghton A person who was my hero and I always looked up to was my Uncle Royal. When the war ended the most memorable thing for me was going to White River Junction with my grandparents to meet his train. I still remember that old Boston & Maine...
Marshmallow Can

Marshmallow Can

By Karole A. Thompson Messier My mother, Ruhie Carpenter Thompson sold the Thompson Tavern (now Doyle Apartments) to Percy Solger. At the request of Mr. Robert Sharpe, my mother went to manage the Bridgewater Drug Store in the early 1940s where she remained for nine...
Military Funeral

Military Funeral

World War II Homecoming 1946 By Royal Houghton After World War II in 1946, Bridgewater’s  Geno-Roberson American Legion post was asked to do a military funeral for a boy killed in the war in Europe. He came from Plymouth VT. ( I can’t remember the soldiers...
Cynthia Bittinger – Grace Coolidge

Cynthia Bittinger – Grace Coolidge

Cyndy Bittinger is faculty, The Community College of Vermont where she teaches Vermont History. She has given lectures for OSHER, the Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont, over many years.  She is a member of the Center for Research on Vermont...
Howard Coffin – “The President I Thought I Knew”

Howard Coffin – “The President I Thought I Knew”

Howard Coffin will open the season with “Calvin Coolidge as I understood him, a complex and somewhat mysterious human being”. Howard knew and wrote about many people who remembered Coolidge. He has done considerable research over the years and was a member of the...
Charles Shackleton – “Finding Endurance”

Charles Shackleton – “Finding Endurance”

The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his ship, the EnduranceCharles Shackleton will present a talk on Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance. He will discuss not only the remarkable discovery of the wreck, but will also include stories of the entrepreneurial exploits of...
Howard Coffin – “Stories from a Newspaper Reporter”

Howard Coffin – “Stories from a Newspaper Reporter”

Vermont Civil War historian Howard Coffin was a reporter for the Rutland Herald for twelve years and the Christian Science Monitor for six years. Howard will cover interesting stories he reported on, including being the first reporter on the scene of the 1967 Mt...
Howard Coffin – “Vermont Women and the Civil War’’

Howard Coffin – “Vermont Women and the Civil War’’

“Vermont women enlisted for the duration.” So said a Vermont historian assessing the war years 1861-1865. Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin...
Erwin Fullerton – Every Tool Has a Story

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...