The Cavendish Historical Society's accepts tax-deductible contributions to help preserve our history. You can reach us at email@example.com 802-226-7807 or PO Box 472 Cavendish, VT 05142 The CHS Museum is located at 1958 Main Street (Route 131) in Cavendish.
July 14 (Sunday): In response to Vermont
banning single use plastics, CHS will offer a Replacing
Plastic Workshop, 2 pm at the Museum in Cavendish. Participants will learn how
to make a no sew tote from an old T shirt, a “pooper scooper,” and how to fold
a beach towel so it can be a carrying case as well as a pillow. Please bring an
old t shirt. This is a free hands on workshop open to the public. If this seems like an odd workshop for a historical
society to offer, keep in mind that we are good repositories of how people once
lived. Sometimes we need to draw on that knowledge to help people adjust to
changes that are more reflective of past eras.
July 27 (Saturday): 9th Annual
Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale. The CHS booth will be in the gazebo on the
September 8 (Sunday): Annual Phineas Gage Walk
& Talk. The talk portion begins at 2 pm. We will be walking out to the site
of the accident, which is approximately ¾ of a mile from the Museum.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
October 13 (Sunday): In honor of Indigenous
Peoples Day, CHS will present a talk on the First Peoples of the Okemo Valley,
2 pm at the Museum.
WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING
ARCHEOLOGY: We had planned on taking
the 5th and 6th graders out to the dig, but the never
ending rain in April and May caused serious flooding so the trip will be
rescheduled for the fall. In the mean, we are thrilled that Young Historian
Emery Benoit, she has been with us since the program began in 2010, will be
among the first students this fall at Castleton University’s new archeology
program under Dr. Matt Moriarity, of SCHEP(Southern Champlain Historical Ecology
Project) , which we’ve been
involved with for the last four years.
BUILDINGS: We’re waiting for Bruce
McEnaney to return from England to start on the steps of the Museum. Bob Naess
and Dave Stern continue to work between the rain drops in completing the front door
CARMINE GUICA YOUNG HISTORIANS: Yes the school year is
over, but we’re hard at work planning for the 2019/2020. Before we launch into
plans, we want to thank our 5th and 6th graders for their
hard work in cleaning the grave stones in the Cavendish Cemetery. A week later
these two grades learned a great deal at the American Precision Museum in
Windsor and from St. Gaudens, just across the river from the Museum. Thank you to our volunteers Bobby Glidden, Bob Naess and Pang Ting.
5th & 6th grade at St. Gaudens
our local teachers, as well as other schools who have been in contact, we have
set up a web page “Resource for Teachers: Trip Opportunities.” This site lists places
where students can learn more about their town, state and country. These are
catalogued by travel time from Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) as well
as by state. This list will be continually updated with new resources as well
as notes about experiences.
the upcoming school year is Carmine Guica
Young Historians: Preserving and Serving Cavendish VT. This program is for
students at CTES. They serve each other, their families, community, state and
country. In so doing, they learn basic civics, how their community functions
and what type of citizens we want them to become. The teachers have been very
helpful in identifying various projects that students can do. More information
about this program will be provided in September.
A very special thank you to Ernestine van Schaik whose
support to the continuation of this program. While we couldn’t do this without
her financial help, we also want to recognize her creativity and ideas
about programs and activities to try. As a former teacher, she is a wealth of
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Anyone who would like to volunteer to paint at the Museum
and/or the Stone Church, please contact CHS at the numbers below.
part of the Cavendish Historical Society’s Carmine Guica Young Historians
(CGYH) program, we have compiled a list of sites and places where students can
learn more about their town, state and country. These are catalogued by travel
time from Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) as well as by state. This
list will be continually updated with new resources as well as notes about
can design programs specifically to meet the needs of a particular class or home
schooled students. Programming is free for students at CTES and the schools
that are part of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union. Fees for trips organized by
CHS for CTES will be provided for by CGYH.
not in district will be charged a nominal fee to cover the costs of materials
and staff time.
more information on CHS, to add to the list below, or to arrange for a trip,
please call 802-226-7807, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or snail mail PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142.
you go through the list, it is recommended that you check websites for changing
exhibits as well as to take advantage of the various videos many sites offer.
Some videos will fit in well with curriculum.
Composting/recycling: Cavendish Transfer Station
Community Service opportunities
Crown Pointe Rd
Cultures that shaped Cavendish
Ghost Walk (Proctorsville)
Municipal Government (includes town meeting)
One room schoolhouse-Center Rd School
Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open Memorial Day – Columbus Day. We
also recommend using the Cavendish Business Directory to learn more about are businesses,
including artistes and musicians, many of whom are willing to speak to classes
or have you visit them.
HOUR AND UNDER FROM CTES
American Precision Museum
• American Precision Museum (Windsor): Excellent
hands on program. Their Apprentice Program allows the students to earn a badge
that gives them free admission to the Museum as well as to all their special
programming for kids. Website offers a number of videos that no only help to
orient students to the Museum but are good educational tools to be used at
• Artisans Park (Windsor): Eight unique Vermont
businesses all located in the same park. We are home to the Harpoon Brewery,
Simon Pearce, SILO Distillery, Path of Life Sculpture Garden, Great River
Outfitters, Artisan Eats, Blake Hill Preserves, and Vermont Farmstead Cheese
Company Market. While not all are appropriate for students, this is an
opportunity to see glass blowing, see manufacturing as well as experience the
difference between a maze and a labyrinth.
• Bennington MonumentThe tallest structure in Vermont commemorates the Battle of
Bennington, a battle that lead to the turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Today, visitors may ride an elevator to the top of the Bennington Monument for
panoramic views of the valleys and rolling hills of Vermont, Massachusetts and
• Calvin CoolidgePlymouth Notch, Vermont is the birthplace and boyhood home
of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. The Village
is virtually unchanged since the early 20th century. The homes of Calvin
Coolidge's family and neighbors, the community church, cheese factory, one room
schoolhouse, and general store have been carefully preserved, and many of the
buildings have their original furnishings.
• Constitution House: The Vermont Constitution was far reaching - the first to
prohibit slavery, establish universal voting rights for all males, and to
authorize a public school system. The Constitution guided the Republic
for 14 years until 1791, when Vermont was admitted to the Union as the 14th
• Enfield Shaker MuseumHave
programs for students in 4-6th The 4th-5th
grade program-History Alive- meets VT History, Civics and Government,
Economics; Language Art; Written/Oral Communication standards. The program is
• Chimney Point Historic SiteChimney Point on Lake Champlain in Vermont is one of the
earliest, most intensely settled, and most strategic sites in the Champlain
Valley, with human habitation dating back as far as 9,000 years ago.
Exhibits and special events present the story of the three early cultures in
the Chimney Point area - Native American, French Colonial and early American.
• Chester ArthurIn 1881, Vermonter Chester Alan Arthur was sworn in as the nation's
21st President. The son of an impoverished Baptist minister, Arthur was born in
a small temporary parsonage. He became a lawyer who advocated for civil rights
and as President, a champion of civil service reform.
• Ethan Allen Homestead Museum (Burlington) Includes Abenaki History. Partner with Alnobaiwi, an
inter-tribal organization of Abenakis dedicated to revitalizing and celebrating
Abenaki culture. Website has good videos. Watch the videos on the Abenaki as
they are doing some unique things. The Museum is open May 1 to Oct. 31. Closed
• Fort Ethan Allen Museum (Essex): A collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms,
equipment, etc. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to it’s short
time as an Air Force Base, to it’s conversion to the private sector, much of
the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important
piece of Vermont and military history.
• Hubbarton Battlefield Here, on the steamy
morning of July 7, 1777, the Green Mountain Boys and others stayed behind as a
rear guard to slow the advance of the Redcoats so the main American force would
have time to retreat. On these green hills, the Americans made a defiant stand.
Though outnumbered, the Americans successfully halted the British, and
retreated southward, winning successful battles later that year at Bennington
• Mount Independence: Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of
the largest and most well preserved Revolutionary War archaeological sites in
America. An exceptional museum houses an exhibit using artifacts and
modern technology to chronicle the story of this major defense.
• SCHEP (Southern ChamplainEcology Project):
Archeological dig opportunity at the Bruckner Preserve. Site visit includes
workshops with Elnu Abenaki and the Nature Conservancy. Operates in conjunction
with Castleton University. CHS provides volunteers to the dig and lab work.
Contact CHS or South Champlain Historical Ecology Projectschep.email@example.com Free
• Vermont Granite MuseumLocated within
an authentic turn-of-the-century granite manufacturing plant, the museum’s
mission is to create stimulating, interactive environments for learning about
the geology, technology, history, and art of Vermont’s unique granite heritage
art, industry, capabilities and cultural heritage.
• Boston offers a variety of
museums, science center as well as the Freedom Trail. The National Park Service
runs a number of free programs that are excellent and appropriate for those
studying the Revolutionary period. CHS can work with teachers to outline a
program that will best meet the needs of their students, curriculum and budget.