The Quarterly Newsletter of the
Montgomery Historical Society
P.O. Box 47
Montgomery, VT 05471
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Drone view of Pratt Hall
by Cedric Lanphear
John Kuryloski,Vice Chair
The MHS Board meets the third Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. Pratt Hall in the Summer, Public Safety Building Conference Room or Zoom online in the Winter.
Recent History Quiz:
Down the Rabbit Hole...
Later in this newsletter is an update on our efforts to evaluate, accession, and organize our archival holdings. While this seems pretty straightforward, the work is not without its peril, sort of an occupational hazard. I feel a story coming on....
During one of our sessions with the authors researching the history of the area's mills I saw one of them roll their eyes when one of their collaborators started going off on a tangent, a thought brought on by something we were discussing. The eye roller said this is why it's so hard to make progress, part a leads to part b then part c and before you know it you're "down the rabbit hole" and you've spent an hour on something that is genuinely interesting but not particularly relevant to the task at hand.
We also can have the same problem accessioning things. We will pick up an object, a picture, or a news clipping to accession and get so enthralled in the details and associated stories that we find hours passing without as much progress as we would like. It's a good problem to have though and a lot of fun. Come join us sometime.
"This Is Our Home"
Channel 5 news recorded a segment of their "This Is Our Home" series in Montgomery at the end of August. It focuses on small, sometimes out of the way towns in the region. Much of the filming was done in and on the grounds of the Society. The Montgomery Program aired during their morning news on September 12th and can still be viewed at this link. https://www.mynbc5.com/article/this-is-our-home-montgomery-vermont/41167696
Thanks for your support; Scott
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE ALWAYS OPEN
This year's membership drive remains open. Our numbers have partially rebounded, and new members are up. You can renew / join online anytime. THANK YOU!
NEW BOOKLET ON MILL RUINS PUBLISHED
The new booklet (above) on the mill ruins of the Trout River and Upper Missisquoi watershed was published since the last newsletter. The authors donated one copy each to the Montgomery Town Library, the Montgomery Elementary School Library and the Historical Society. Just 25 copies were printed, although more may be printed depending on the interest shown. The section on Montgomery's mills is the largest.
2022 FARMERS MARKET WRAP UP
September 10th saw the conclusion of this season's Farmers Market and also was a point of sale for the Conservation Commission's annual Mum sale. Thanks to all our vendors and customers, and special thanks to Sue Wilson and all the MHS Board volunteers.
Pat and Marijke in action
ARCHIVAL COLLECTION MANAGEMENT UPDATE
We've been working to cull our holdings and better organize them. Pat Farmer designed and implemented the new data base, we purchased new equipment and software, and have been meeting regularly to tackle this herculean task. Nearly 900 items have been labeled, assigned a location, photographed, and placed. That light at the end of the tunnel may not be an oncoming train after all!
We've also developed check lists and are eager to train other volunteers. Please let us know if you have some time and are willing to chip in.
FORGIVE US IF WE DRONE ON...
Couldn't resist a pun... Member Cedric Lanphear recently shared a copy of his September 2021 drone video focused on the Village area. It has some great views of Pratt Hall and the covered bridges, and can be viewed on his YouTube channel.
SPEAKING OF YOUTUBE...
...and accessioning, we recently officially accessioned a video interview, done by supporter and Canadian TV host Don McGowan, with John "Zack" Zachadnyk of the famous "Zack's On The Rocks". It was donated to us for the memorial service we hosted at Pratt Hall in 2011. We've added it to our YouTube channel. The quality is pre-HD but it is still a great record of that part of our history. Our thanks to member Don Bordner for making it available as an .mp4 file.
October 22: “We’re Not From Here” by Modern Times Theater. Veteran vaudeville entertainers Rose Friedman and Justin Lander will present a brand new show... a million years in just under 75 minutes. How's that for history? Family friendly and free. Donations always welcome.
December 10th MES CRAFT SALE: The Society will have a booth at this year's show.
December 17th HOLIDAY HAPPINESS: We're planning to have horse drawn wagon rides and the Hall will be open with a return to traditional activities. That includes Santa if he can fit us into his schedule.
December 18th CANDLES AND CAROLS: Traditional caroling and other silliness.
Times and additional details here. We will continue to follow COVID developments and make adjustments to our plans as needed but are optimistic we will be able to return to our pre-virus normal. Please feel free to check back with us.
MEN WITH TOOLS UPDATE
The front deck of Pratt Hall received a fresh coat of stain in September thanks to John Kuryloski and Bob Cummins. Pat Farmer and Pat Calecas installed a few new brick pavers too. We now have a new sign light and a dehumidifier for the archive also. Refreshing the paint on our sign and the exterior east facing facade of the archival building remain on our to-do list.
PRATT HALL TO HOST OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS
On October 8th there will be a memorial service for Baldur (Val) Schadinger. On October 27th the "Friends of the Montgomery Town Library" will hold their Young Writers competition and celebration.
PHOTO FROM THE PAST
Do you know what / where this building is? See the bottom for the answer.
This year's meeting of the League of Local Historical Societies and Museums will be October 29th in Manchester. More details are on their web site.
THIS QUARTER IN MONTGOMERY AREA HISTORY
October: 1864 St. Albans Raid
November: 1792 Franklin County established
December: 1905 School house at four corners
(West Hill ) burns down.
HISTORY QUIZ ANSWERS
1. c. Seven Franklin County towns exceeded the overall County turnout of 20%
2. False. Montgomery's turnout was 28%, the highest in the county and was the only town in the county to exceed the State turnout. Richford's was 14%, the lowest' just behind Berkshire and St Albans City which were both 16%.
Source: VT Sec. of State.
PHOTO FROM THE PAST ANSWER
The building was the Cold Hollow Art Gallery and is still across the road from the Recreation Center.
THIS IS OUR LAST NEWSLETTER BEFORE OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT FIRST 49 YEARS!!
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