The Cavendish Historical Society's accepts tax-deductible contributions to help preserve our history. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org 802-226-7807 or PO Box 472 Cavendish, VT 05142 The CHS Museum is located at 1958 Main Street (Route 131) in Cavendish.
While tomorrow, Feb. 2, is
thought of as Groundhog’s Day – how long winter will continue depends on
whether the groundhog sees his shadow-it is also known as Candlemas, Day, the
official end of the 40 day Christmas-Epiphany season. Churches throughout the
world often bless candles on this day along with other traditions such as day
of crepes in France and St. Brigit’s Day in Ireland. Like many traditions it
actually relates to the changing seasons. Feb. 2 is a “cross-quarter,” day meaning
it is half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. In many
ancient cultures, these quarter dates carried great significance. In addition
to Groundhog’s Day on Feb. 2, there is May Day on May 1, Lammas on Aug. 1 and
Halloween (All Souls’ Day) on Oct. 31.
February is Black History
Month. Be sure to check out the article
on Peter Tumber, that summarizes a year’s worth of research
in trying to confirm aspects of his story. He was an African, sold into
slavery, a Revolutionary War veteran, a Cavendish landowner and he died here at
the age of 106. Through all of our research, we have yet to fine a death or
burial certificate. We’re not sure if we have enough information to obtain a
stone from the Veteran’s administration.
Sketching ideas for the pantry
School Program: Three new
projects are underway. We’re working with LPC-TV and the 6th grade
to tape the ghost stories CHS and the students have been collecting. At the end
of Feb, we will doing a program with the 6th graders on the
importance of passing on factual information, which help to reduce frustration
for future historians of the town. Finally, the homeschoolers are hard at work
building a mini food pantry that will be placed by the Cavendish Baptist Church
in the spring. CHS include programs for students that not only teach history
but also town stewardship.
Solzhenitsyn Book: Margo Caulfield was interviewed by Tom Woods for a podcast on the
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History.” The interview should
be available at the podcast website http://tomwoods.com/podcasts/ on Feb. 2. If you are interested in arranging for a talk
call 802-226-7807 or e-mail email@example.com
One of the beams for the belfry
Cavendish Stone Church: While work has ceased for the moment in the Church,
the beams for the belfry have been cut and are now wintering over in the aisles.
Other staging has been done in the belfry area and will be completed in the
spring. During a routine inspection this month, we discovered evidence of “powderpost”
beetles in a cupboard in the Church’s vestibule. As soon as weather permits,
the wood will be treated.
Cavendish Believe It or Not:CHS is currently collecting
strange tales of Cavendish. The first in our series is about Alexis St. Martin
who lived in Cavendish from at least 1870 until 1879. What Phineas Gage did for
the science of brain injury, St. Martin's stomach did for the field of
gastroenterology. Learn more about St. Martin's story, which is both strange
and gory at the CHS blog post Believe it or Not: Alexis St.Martin. If you
have a strange tale about Cavendish please e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call
WHAT’S COMING UP
Annual Meeting: The
Annual meeting is being planned for March 5. 3-5 pm at the Cavendish Baptist
Church parish hall. In addition to a short business meeting, we will have a
program Cavendish Believe it or Not!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you can help with any of the following, please
contact CHS email@example.com; 802-226-7807 or PO
Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142
• It may seem far off by we’re already thinking about
the Annual Plant Sale, which will be July 2 (Saturday). Do you have plants you
like to contribute? Are their plants you’d like to see us carry this year?
• CHS is looking for new board members as well as
volunteers who can help with various activities.
• Please attend the Annual Meeting on March 5,
3-5 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church Parish Hall.