Sunday, October 1, 2017

CHS Briefs October 1, 2017

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

Museum: The last day the Museum will be open is Oct. 8. While we are happy to open it at other times, it’s awfully cold in there as it’s not heated.

RiverSweep 2017
Carmine Guica Young Historians Program: Once again the 6th grade participated in RiverSweep. The walk to Greven Field was a good opportunity to explain who Dr. Greven was, why he donated the property and where his office was on Greven Rd. This is a great activity to teach the importance of stewardship along with town history.

Charlie Paquin looking for artifact.
Plimoth Plantation
October is going to be a very busy month. We are thrilled to have the archeologist Charlie Paquin spending the day on Oct. 2 with the 4th graders. He will demonstrate flint knapping (stone tool making), host an atlatl contest and prepare them for their field trip to the SCHEP dig site on Oct. 13. Friday, Oct. 27 the 4th and 5th grades will be visiting Plimoth Plantation and the 6th graders will be going to Sturbridge Village. 

Also scheduled for the 5th grade is the Proctorsville Village Ghost walk on Oct. 23. A very special thanks to: Stein van Schaik for making Charlie Paquin’s visit and the Plimoth Plantation trip possible and to the Blueberry Fund of Bruce and Betty McEnaney, who sponsor the yearly 6th grader excursion to Sturbridge. Thanks also to our incredible volunteers-Pang Ting, Doris Eddy, Bruce McEnaney and special appreciation to town manager Brendan McNamara for stopping by RiverSweep and helping with the clean up.

Abenaki Indians
Researching Cavendish’s First People: With the Governor declaring Oct. 9 Indigenous Peoples Day, CHS  is looking for artifact from the 1st peoples that lived here. Carmine Guica reported that while he was exploring cellar holes he came across a variety of arrow heads or projectile points. Have you found such items in Cavendish? Have you found unusual rocks or stones that appear to be "worked?" They could have been used for grinding corn or acorns. Does your family lore contain stories of Indians, gypsies or "dark French?" If you have any information, please contact CHS at or 802/226-7807, CHS, PO Box 472, Cavendish VT 05142 or stop by the Museum on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2-4.

Solzhenitsyn 100th Birthday: CHS is working with the Vermont Historical Society and the Russian
Department of the University of Vermont on various activities for 2018, which is the 100th birthday of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Not only has language been finalized for a proclamation by the Vermont Legislature-this will take place in January or February in Montpelier-but VHS is submitting a grant application to the VT Humanities Council for an exhibit. The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) is excited to partner with the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) and the University of Vermont (UVM) to celebrate the life and work of writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in honor of his 100th birthday.  We will provide two community lectures on Solzhenitsyn through the Vermont Historical Society’s Third Thursday Program Series, taking place in Montpelier and Burlington, respectively, and will create a panel exhibit to be displayed at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.  The main goal of the project is to share and celebrate Solzhenitsyn’s life and work with the broader Vermont community.  Specific goals of the project include:
1.     Disseminate information on an important 20th century writer, his influence on Vermont, and Vermont’s influence on his writings, to a broad audience through VHS’s Third Thursday Program Series and a panel exhibition.
2.     Create the panel exhibition in a way that will ultimately be adaptable to travel to local historical societies and other cultural organizations throughout Vermont.  This will bring information on Solzhenitsyn to an even wider audience, and provide more opportunities for community programming.
3.     To honor Solzhenitsyn and his work during his 100th year.

Gage 170th Anniversary in 2018: In presenting the annual Phineas Gage Walk and Talk in September, we were reminded that 2018 will be the 170th anniversary of his famous accident. We’re open to ideas and suggestions about how to celebrate this event.

Oct 8 (Sunday): Ghost Walk in Proctorsville. Meet, 2pm at the War Memorial in Proctorsville, which is on Route 131 (Main Street) close to the Proctorsville Fire Department and Village Clippers

If you can help with any of the following, please contact CHS; 802-226-7807 or PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142

• Do you like to paint? CHS has painting projects both at the Museum and at the Stone Church.  Fall is a good time to get outside and take advantage of the good weather.

• CHS is looking for new board members as well as volunteers who can help with various activities.

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