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.
with sadness that we start the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) news “Briefs”
with the reporting of the passing of Joyce Tiemann and Willis A. Spaulding.
Joyce Tiemann grew
up on what today is called Brook Rd. From 1973-1986 she was an administrative
secretary to the director of nursing at Springfield Hospital, after which she
assisted and volunteered at what is now the Cavendish Fletcher Community
Library in Proctorsville. Several years ago, Joyce gave CHS permission to
serialize her father’s book, Coming toVermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip Tiemann. All 28
chapters appear on-line along with various aspects of Cavendish
history that relates to Tiemann’s chapters. Read Tiemann’s obituary.
Willis A. Spaulding was
born in Proctorsville and served aboard a submarine, the
U.S.S Spikefish in the Pacific theatre in World War II. With his passing, there
are no longer any WWII veterans, whose names appear on the Cavendish War
Memorial, alive. Two WWII vets still live in town Jim Hasson and Seymour Leven,
both of whom came from other parts of the country. Read Spaulding’s obituary
WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING
Ethel Roosevelt Derby
Cavendish Women You Should Know: In
honor of March being Women’s History Month, CHS ran a five part series entitled
Women You Should KnowLearn more about these and other
amazing women at the links below:
100th Birthday Year:On
March 21, CHS and representatives from the town, joined Ignat Solzhenitsyn and
his family in Montpelier where Ignat was presented with a proclamation by the
Vermont General Assembly commemorating
the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Russian author, historian, and former
Cavendish resident Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn.
Irish Knot made by the students
Carmine Guica Young Historians:St. Patrick's Day is a great way to
teach students about the Irish in Vermont. Lunchtime at Cavendish Town
Elementary School on March 16 (the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day) included a
taste of Ireland-Irish Stew and Soda Bread. Thank you to the Tings and Moonlite
Meadows Farm for donating their grass fed beef for the stew. The Soda Bread is
a recipe from Brenda Gregory's mom, who was from County Cork, Ireland. Thank
you to Penny Trick for volunteering. Check out the photo album of the workshops
that took place at the school that day.
Museum & Stone
Church: Both buildings seem to have weathered the winter, but we will be
doing roof checks first thing this spring. In addition, work will begin as soon
as possible to replace the door of the Museum with the doors whose installation
was held up at the last minute by the Fire Marshall. We also plan to repair and
repaint the stairs and banisters.
WHAT’S COMING UP
Guica Young Historians: Hard to believe that we are already
thinking about the end of the school year but there is a lot being planned
before summer vacation begins. Events include:
• A 3rd grade trip to the
Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire
• A series of 6th grade
activities relating to Memorial Day-cemetery and grave stone cleaning and flag
placement on veterans’ graves as well as making poppies
• Archeology field trip for 6th
• May day activities for 5th
grade, including preparing plants for the CHS annual plant sale
of Solzhenitsyn Exhibit: CHS has been working with the
Vermont Historical Society and the Solzhenitsyn family in preparing for a
special exhibit at the VHS Museum at 109 State Street Pavilion Building (next
to the State House) in Montpelier. The exhibit opens on May 19 and focuses on
Solzhenitsyn’s life in Cavendish. Various people from Cavendish will be
attending the opening. If you would like to carpool, please call 802-226-7807
or e-mail email@example.com
Plant Sale: CHS’s annual plant sale takes place
on Saturday June 30. Transplanting starts in mid May.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you can help with
any of the following, please contact CHS firstname.lastname@example.org; 802-226-7807 or PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142
• Do you have plants
you would like to donate to the annual plant sale? Do you need help digging
them up? We can provide pots, soil and even some manpower.
• Painters, scrappers
and repairers: As soon as the weather permits, we need volunteers willing to do
some basic carpentry to repair the banisters of the Museum. We will also need
painters for the steps and banister.
• CHS is looking for
new board members as well as volunteers who can help with various activities.