Monday, July 1, 2019

CHS Briefs July 1, 2019

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

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 Proctorsville Green.

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.

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 project.  

Cleaning gravestones
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

To help 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.

New for 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 information.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to paint at the Museum and/or the Stone Church, please contact CHS at the numbers below.

If you have questions or wish to volunteer with CHS, please call 802-226-7807, e-mail

Saturday, June 15, 2019


As 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 experiences.

CHS 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.

Schools not in district will be charged a nominal fee to cover the costs of materials and staff time.

For more information on CHS, to add to the list below, or to arrange for a trip, please call 802-226-7807, e-mail or snail mail PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142.

As 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.

• Archeology
• Captive Johnson
• Composting/recycling: Cavendish Transfer Station
• Community Service opportunities
• Crown Pointe Rd
• Cultures that shaped Cavendish
• Farms
• First peoples
• Fitton Mill
• Gage, Phineas
• Ghost Walk (Proctorsville)
• Lime Kiln
• Manufacturing-Mack Molding
• Municipal Government (includes town meeting)
• One room schoolhouse-Center Rd School
• Revolutionary Cemetery
•  Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr
• Sugaring

The 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.

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 other times.

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 Monument The 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 New York.

Billings Farm and Museum: Woodstock. Note that the type of programming provided by Billings Farm can be found in Cavendish free of charge.

Brattleboro Retreat Farm Since 1837, the Retreat Farm has been a source of food and fuel, productive work, nature-inspired restoration, knowledge, recreation, and innovation.

Calvin Coolidge  Plymouth 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 state.

• Estey Organ Museum (Brattleboro)

Eureka Schoolhouse: Springfield. One of the oldest one room schoolhouse in Vermont

Hall Art Foundation: Located in Reading, need to know what the exhibits are in advance as some are not appropriate for children.

King Arthur Flour: Has a baking school for kids.

Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park Will design specific programs for your class. It’s free of charge and they have a lot to offer.

Montshire Museum (Norwich)

Museum of the Creative Process (Manchester) More for adults than kids.

Nature Museum (Grafton)

Stellafane: Home of the Springfield Telescope Makers

Vermont Center for Photography (Brattleboro)

New Hampshire
Enfield Shaker Museum Have 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 from 9-1:30. 

• The Fort No. 4 (Charlestown): Tours are available June, September and October. Experience is dependent on tour guide.

HoodMuseum of Art (Hanover)

Shaw Memorial St. Gaudens

• Sugar River Trail (Claremont/Newport): Amazing old rail trail can walk/bike


Chimney Point Historic Site  Chimney 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.

Chaffee Art Center (Rutland)

Chester Arthur In 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 Allan Homestead
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 for winter

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 and Saratoga.

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 Free

Shelburne Museum: Have programs for schools.

Vermont Granite Museum  Located 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.

Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum (Rutland) Offers early childhood STEM kits, a lending library and other resources teachers might find useful.

New Hampshire
Canterbury Shaker Village  Offers a variety of youth programs starting with children as young as 5.

New York

• 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.

Pequot Museum
Pequot Museum & Research Museum Considered to have one of the best museums in the country for Native Americans.

• Strawberry Banke Museum (Portsmith, NH)