Tuesday, January 1, 2019

CHS Briefs January 1, 2019



HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

Please check the Cavendish VT Facebook for photo albums of various Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) activities.

Thank you to all who have donated to CHS’s annual appeal. We’ve received a check from Fidelity Brokerage that did not provide donor information. If you happened to be the person who made this donation, please know we appreciate it.

If you have not had a chance to donate, or renew your membership, information appears at the end of this post.

REMEMBERING OLIVE KINGSBURY
It is with sadness that we start the New Year recognizing the passing of Olive Kingsbury, the last of the Kingsbury family that lived on Chubb Hill and were featured in Barbara Kingsbury’s book, “Chubb Hill Farm and Cavendish Vermont: A Family and Town History.” Olive was a remarkable woman who showed incredible ingenuity and kindness.

A few years ago, a family came to visit who were related to Emma Victoria Johnson Kingsbury. Originally from Chicago, Emma met Bradley Kingsbury while touring with a Christian group and married him in 1908. When the family from Illinois arrived, Olive’s first comment was, “How nice that Emma’s family has come to visit.” To help them know more about Emma’s life in Vermont, Olive brought out her journals so she could provide dates and other information she thought might be useful to them. After an hour of visiting on what was a very hot July day, Olive thought it best to “go and pay our respects to Emma” at the Cavendish Cemetery. Needless to say, keeping up with Olive as she drove from her house on Chubb Hill to High Street was a bit of a challenge.

While Olive’s obituary  contains lots of information about her education and career as a nurse, it was the stories that she told about a way of life that is long gone, that were so wonderful. However, Olive was not one to live in the past and was among the first people in town to be on-line as well as do the ordering for the farm via the Internet and credit card.

A memorial service will be held on January 12 (Saturday), 11 am, at Ludlow Baptist Church.

WHAT WE’RE DOING
Making flags
Carmine Guica Young Historians: The Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) Scandinavian Holiday workshops on December 19 was a lot of  fun. Be sure to check out the Facebook album  to see what the kids made and if you haven’t had a chance to read  “A Cavendish Christmas,” you can read it on-line at the CHS Blog. This is one more tool we are using to help our children know their history as well as be exposed to other cultures around the world. Many thanks to our incredible volunteers-Angela Assermely, Denise Hughes, Peggy Svec and Penny Trick. A special thank you to Lori and the kitchen staff who made Swedish meatballs and noodles as part of the “taste of.” A special thanks to Stein van Schaik and the McEnaney’s Blueberry Fund for helping to underwrite CGYH.

Solzhenitsyn: On Christmas Eve, CHS received a letter of appreciation from Anatoly Antonov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the USA. In response to the letter sent to the People of Russia from the People of Cavendish in honor of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 100th birthday, Antonov noted, "On our part, we are grateful to the citizens of Cavendish for supporting the prominent writer, philosopher and patriot of his Motherland for many years that he spent in your town. Taking good care of the Solzhenitsyn family was itself a contribution to preserving and promoting of the great visionary." Both letters appear at the CHSblog.

If you have questions or wish to volunteer with CHS, please call 802-226-7807, e-mail margocaulfield@icloud.com

BECOME A MEMBER, RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, DONATE: If you have not joined the Cavendish Historical Society, need to renew your membership, and/or would like to be a volunteer, please complete the form below and sending a check, payable to CHS, to CHS, PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142. All contributions are tax deductible.

Name: _______________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________


Phone Number: _____________________E-Mail: ________________________

Membership Level
__ Individual Member $10         ___ Senior Member 65+ $5  ___ Sustaining Member $500
__ Household Member $15        ___ Contributing Member $250                                  

Volunteer
___ I would be interested in serving, as a volunteer .I would be interested in serving on the following committee(s):__ Program Planning      __ Fundraising __ Building (Museum)
__Archives                     _ Budget         ­­–– Cemetery    __ Carmine Guica Young Historians

Donations are always welcome and can be designated as follows:
__ For general purposes              __ Young Historians                  __Publications
__ Archeological Activities                _ Museum & Archival             __ Special Events
__ Rankin Fund                           __  Williams Fund                   __ Solzhenitsyn Project
__ Other (please specify)                        __ Cemetery Restoration           __ Preservation Projects















Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Letter from Russian Ambassador to the People of Cavendish

As part of honoring the 100th Anniversary of Solzhenitsyn's birth on December 11, 2018, a letter was sent to the People of Russia from the People of Cavendish. The letter, which was read at the Solzhenitsyn Conference in Moscow, reads as follows:

 

November 13, 2018

 

To the People of Russia:


For 18 of the 20 years he was exiled from Russia, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his family lived with us in Cavendish, Vermont. The Solzhenitsyns were then, as they are now, good neighbors, respected and valued members of our community.

While we are sad when residents choose to leave, we were glad that Solzhenitsyn was able to return to his “motherland,” as he predicted he would at our 1977 Cavendish Town Meeting. No matter how much our countryside may have reminded him of Russia, and allowed him the time to write, it would never compensate for the country he cared so deeply about.

Solzhenitsyn’s values were a good match for our Yankee way of life-hard work and the ability to speak freely and openly, yet also respectful of others and their privacy. While he learned from us how grass-roots democracy works, we in turn were reminded of the importance of providing sanctuary to those in need and the value of having courage and strong beliefs.

Upon his departure, Solzhenitsyn left the town not only autographed copies of his books, but more importantly, a homestead, which allows his children to remain an integral and important part of our community. The lessons he instilled in his sons are shared with us as we work together to resolve the thorny issues of 21st-century life. 

Every town needs a secret, such as the one we kept: “No directions to the Solzhenitsyn’s home,” as it united us for a common good. We still do not give out directions, but we do welcome visitors from around the world.

On this the 100th birthday of Solzhenitsyn,  the people of Cavendish extend our best wishes to the people of his homeland.

On behalf of the people of Cavendish,

Margo Caulfield
Director, Cavendish Historical Society

Brendan McNamara
Cavendish Town Manager

On Christmas Eve, the Cavendish Historical Society received the following letter from Anatoly Antonov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the USA:

December 18, 2018

Dear Ms.  Caulfield,

Your letter to the people of Russia on the occasion of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 100th anniversary has been conveyed to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and is highly appreciated.

On our part, we are grateful to the citizens of Cavendish for supporting the prominent writer, philosopher and patriot of his Motherland for many years that he spent in your town. Taking good care of the Solzhenitsyn family was itself a contribution to preserving and promoting the legacy of the great visionary.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to extend my warm greetings on the occasion of forthcoming Christmas and the New Year, I wish you and to all people of Cavendish sound health, happiness and prosperity.

Sincerely,

Anatoly Antonov




Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today, December 11th, is the 100th birthday of former Cavendish resident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. A Soviet dissident, Nobel Prize winner for literature, and author, Solzhenitsyn spent 18 of his 20 years exiled from Russia living in Cavendish.

In honor of his birthday, the following letter was sent, on behalf of the people of Cavendish, to the people of Russia, where it will be read at the conference being held in Moscow.


November 13, 2018

 

To the People of Russia:


For 18 of the 20 years he was exiled from Russia, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his family lived with us in Cavendish, Vermont. The Solzhenitsyns were then, as they are now, good neighbors, respected and valued members of our community.

While we are sad when residents choose to leave, we were glad that Solzhenitsyn was able to return to his “motherland,” as he predicted he would at our 1977 Cavendish Town Meeting. No matter how much our countryside may have reminded him of Russia, and allowed him the time to write, it would never compensate for the country he cared so deeply about.

Solzhenitsyn’s values were a good match for our Yankee way of life-hard work and the ability to speak freely and openly, yet also respectful of others and their privacy. While he learned from us how grass-roots democracy works, we in turn were reminded of the importance of providing sanctuary to those in need and the value of having courage and strong beliefs.

Upon his departure, Solzhenitsyn left the town not only autographed copies of his books, but more importantly, a homestead which allows his children to remain an integral and important part of our community. The lessons he instilled in his sons are shared with us as we work together to resolve the thorny issues of 21st-century life. 

Every town needs a secret, such as the one we kept: “No directions to the Solzhenitsyn’s home,” as it united us for a common good. We still do not give out directions, but we do welcome visitors from around the world.

On this the 100th birthday of Solzhenitsyn,  the people of Cavendish extend our best wishes to the people of his homeland.

On behalf of the people of Cavendish,

Margo Caulfield
Director, Cavendish Historical Society

Brendan McNamara
Cavendish Town Manager

Saturday, December 8, 2018

CHS Briefs December 1, 2018


If you don’t live in Cavendish, you may not be aware that we had quite the snowstorm at the end of November, where more than half the town was without power. In some places, it took almost a week for it to be restored.  Without belaboring it, a lot of things were impacted, including getting out the December edition of the Cavendish Historical Society’s “Briefs.”

We know with holidays rapidly approaching you have lots going on, so we’ll make this a “quick read.” We have included both information about our annual appeal campaign as well as the letter from the people of Cavendish to the people of Russia in honor of Solzhenitsyn’s 100th birthday.

WHAT WE’RE DOING
Carmine Guica Young Historians: As part of our annual Cavendish Town Elementary School program, where we teach the students about the people and cultures who helped to shape Cavendish, we will have our day long series of workshops and “a taste of” on Dec. 19. This year our focus is Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden).
 
In order to facilitate discussion by students, teachers,  families and community, we have a special “A Cavendish Christmas,” short story you can read on-line. Lots of resource information is included, and the story itself is based in fact.

A special thanks to Stein van Schaik and the McEnaney’s Blueberry Fund for helping to underwrite these programs.

Watching video at Cavendish Baptist Church
Solzhenitsyn: In spite of incredibly awful weather, we went ahead with our 100th birthday for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on December 2. We showed his farewell address to Cavendish, followed by discussion and a potluck supper. Thanks to Svetlana Phillips, there was plenty of wonderful Russian food followed by cake (made by members of the Solzhenitsyn family) and ice cream.

Sharing wonderful food.
On Nov. 15, Margo Caulfield of CHS spoke about Solzhenitsyn’s Life in Cavendish as part of the third Thursday series of the VT Historical Society (VHS). This was our first experience with Facebook Live. You can watch the presentation at the VHS Facebook page. Note that you do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view the video. You may have to scroll down a bit to get to the presentation. 

Letter to the Russian People: This letter will be read at the Russian conference in Moscow in honor of Solzhenitsyn’s 100th birthday on Dec. 11.

 


 

November 13, 2018

To the People of Russia:


For 18 of the 20 years he was exiled from Russia, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his family lived with us in Cavendish, Vermont. The Solzhenitsyns were then, as they are now, good neighbors, respected and valued members of our community.

While we are sad when residents choose to leave, we were glad that Solzhenitsyn was able to return to his “motherland,” as he predicted he would at our 1977 Cavendish Town Meeting. No matter how much our countryside may have reminded him of Russia, and allowed him the time to write, it would never compensate for the country he cared so deeply about.

Solzhenitsyn’s values were a good match for our Yankee way of life-hard work and the ability to speak freely and openly, yet also respectful of others and their privacy. While he learned from us how grass-roots democracy works, we in turn were reminded of the importance of providing sanctuary to those in need and the value of having courage and strong beliefs.

Upon his departure, Solzhenitsyn left the town not only autographed copies of his books, but more importantly, a homestead, which allows his children to remain an integral and important part of our community. The lessons he instilled in his sons are shared with us as we work together to resolve the thorny issues of 21st-century life. 

Every town needs a secret, such as the one we kept: “No directions to the Solzhenitsyn’s home,” as it united us for a common good. We still do not give out directions, but we do welcome visitors from around the world.

On this the 100th birthday of Solzhenitsyn,  the people of Cavendish extend our best wishes to the people of his homeland.

On behalf of the people of Cavendish,

Margo Caulfield
Director, Cavendish Historical Society

Brendan McNamara
Cavendish Town Manager

ANNUAL APPEAL
November 23, 2018

Dear Friend:

What a year! We have greeted people from all over the world at the Museum, while at the same time participating in international conferences and responding to countless e-mails and calls relating to two important anniversaries- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s100 birthday and 170 years since Phineas Gage’s accident.

As wonderful as all of this has been, we’re particularly pleased to let people know that the Carmine Guica Young Historians (CGYH) program is having an amazing effect. Not only does Cavendish have little to no vandalism from teens, but we’re seeing real improvement in areas of town where we’ve had students working. We’ve added new programs thanks to donors support and we are now receiving requests for program expansion to match the new formation of the Green Mountain Unified School District. This will be our goal for the coming year.

 We can’t do this without your help. You can play an integral part by
• Donating to the annual appeal campaign, specifying how you want your contribution to be used.
• Renewing your annual membership.
• Volunteering to help with our various programs, including CGYH

Wishing you a joyous holiday season, and a happy New Year.

Sincerely,
 Dan Churchill, President

Please send your tax-deductible donations to CHS, PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142.

If you have questions or wish to volunteer with CHS, please call 802-226-7807, e-mail margocaulfield@icloud.com