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150 Years Ago (1863 09/16)

Long Island, Boston Harbor

Sept. 16, 1863

 Dearest Abiah,

I thought I would write you a long letter today, but I do not know as I can, for I am on guard today. It is very hot here today. I cannot but think of you every moment, and tonight as I pass my lonely – what thoughts of you and the children will be on my mind. I was on from 11 A.M. Until 1 P.M., on again from 5 to 7. The guard are excused from all other duty until tomorrow at noon. I shall then have a good time to write but I wish this to be on the way to you.


150 Years Ago (1863 09/13)

Camp on Long Island, Boston Harbor

Sept. 13th, 1863

 Dearest wife,

I commenced a letter to you yesterday. I believe that I dated it the 11th by mistake for the
days have all been so mixed up since I left home that I can hardly tell whether September or October. I had just commenced writing, when there was a call for Co. to fall in, every man to bring his blanket, where we were standing sometime and then dismissed. The trouble was a careless fellow had lost his blanket, then calling out
every man with his blanket left a good chance to search the tents, it was found. The same this morning, some fellow lost his cap, but there was not time enough left to write.


"What If" Brattleboro and Mary Cabot at Brattleboro History Center

The Brattleboro History Center invites everyone to come see new exhibits during Gallery Walk this Friday evening and throughout the month of September.

One new exhibit is a collaboration with the Brattleboro Planning Services called “What If” Brattleboro - An Exhibit of Unfinished Plans” and shows a collection of planning documents for Brattleboro projects that were never built or only partially completed.


Filmmaker Ken Burns to Appear at Latchis Theatre's Grand Re-Opening October 19, 7:30 p.m.

Join renowned documentarian and filmmaker Ken Burns for the Grand Re-Opening of the Latchis Theatre following two and a half months of renovation and restoration in the historic auditorium.

Long-time friend of the Latchis Theatre, Ken Burns will preview an entire episode of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Episode 5 1933-1939  "The Rising Road" which focuses on the late 1930's (same as the Latchis!).  He will introduce the segment and answer questions afterwards.

This is a world premiere, as the series won't be released until 2014. 


1791 Bullock House in Guilford Open to Visitors Sept. 7

1791 House Restored and Open to Tour in Guilford, Saturday Sept. 7, 1-3 pm

About five years ago the 1791 Bullock-Ashworth House on Ashworth Road was purchased by Sara Coffey and her husband David Snyder for the purpose of housing visiting artists who are working at the recording studios of Guilford Sound and Vermont Performance Lab (VPL). The public is invited to tour the house on Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 pm to see what has been accomplished.


"Growing Up in Windham County" Focus of Historical Society of Windham County Annual Meeting

The Historical Society of Windham County will hold its annual meeting on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the NewBrook Fire House (Route 30) in Newfane.

Following a business meeting and potluck dinner, the program will feature a panel of local residents sharing stories about growing up in Windham County. The panel will include Linda Hellus (Brattleboro), Bea McFarland (Newfane), Eli Prouty (Grafton), Bruce Chapin (Jamaica) and the Druke family (Williamsville). The audience will be encouraged to share stories as well.


Windham County Celebrates its Past on Saturday, August 17

Windham County will celebrate its past with the 4th bi-annual history fair on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 10am – 4pm on the historic Common in Newfane, in front of the County Courthouse.

The event will feature exhibits by the Vermont Historical Society, the Historical Society of Windham County, and the Estey Organ Museum, as well as eight historical societies in Windham County, including those from Brattleboro, Dover, Grafton, Guilford, Jamaica, Putney, Townshend, and Wardsboro. In addition to their exhibits, many of the towns will have their published town histories for sale as well as other historic memorabilia (prints, cards, photographs) of the area.


Remembering Vermont's Role at the Battle of Gettysburg on its 150th Anniversary

This 4rth of July, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the battle of Gettysburg. It is worth noting the important part that soldiers from our state played in that battle.

I'm not a Civil War history buff, but I have read Howard Coffin's Nine Months to Gettysburg. It is the account of the Second Vermont Brigade whose nine month enlistment was days from expiring when the fighting at Gettysburg began.


Miniatures and Models Added at the Brattleboro History Center

If you like miniatures and models, the Brattleboro History Center has a few new items you might want to see next time you come downtown.

Recent additions to the History Center include a large, colorful model of Ft. Dummer, a beautiful scale model of the covered bridge to Dummerston over the West River, and an HO scale model of the Newfane station and railroad buildings of the West River Railroad.


Brattleboro History Center Preview Opening June 7-9

The Brattleboro Historical Society will unveil its new downtown History Center with a preview opening featuring special hours during June’s first-Friday Gallery Walk and Strolling of the Heifers weekend.

The new center on the first floor of the Masonic building at 196 Main St. (with a separate south-side entrance and rear-door wheelchair ramp) will feature the first of a series of changing exhibits — starting with a look at local agricultural history, farm life and the former Valley Fair — on Friday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.


Windham County Historical Society Calls for Traditional Crafters

The Historical Society of Windham County invites traditional crafters to reserve booth space to sell their wares at the bi-annual Windham County History fair on Saturday, August 17th on picturesque Newfane Common.

The Windham County History Fair, held 10:00 - 4:00, features vintage exhibits and demonstrations by the County's historical societies, walking tours of historic Newfane Village, the County Courthouse and County Jail, food, raffles, and much more. Admission to the fair is free.


Unstoppable Progress on the New Appian Way

Roughly two Millennia ago, settlers atop the high plateau of Masada, in the Judean Desert, saw the approach and intended siege by the Romans. The largest ramp in human history was erected before their eyes to breech the fortress.  Imagine the experience of watching one's slow but inevitable overtaking by legions of warriors. Followed by the conqueror's worldview being instilled unavoidably.

When the Romans finally succeeded and surmounted the peak, they found a surprise.

If you're not familiar with the event, feel free to Google it.


Who is Ida May Fuller?

Here is a bit of trivial history for Brattleboro.  I find this to be an interesting fact  I learned about when searching the internet for historical events of Brattleboro Vermont.   This is a direct quote from the Social Security Website. The link is offered below. The only credit I can receive is sharing this with you here on ibrattleboro.


Vandals, History, and Old Newspapers Death and Poetry

Recently I was walking down the sidewalk along South Main Street, and as I passed the cemetery, I noticed that a gravestone had toppled over. I presume that it did not topple on its own, but rather was toppled by vandals. Somethow this made me want to read the stone.

It recorded the death of of two boys, both wth the last name of Steers. They both died on July 18, 1884, and the stone said they shared one common grave.


Life in One Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop

Life in one Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop
Saturday March 16, 2013
10:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Brooks Memorial Library will host a Local history/genealogy workshop with Linda Hay, former Academy School Librarian, on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 AM in the Library's meeting room.

Whether one is a family historian, a researcher into local history, or just curious, the daily lives ordinary people lived in the past can seem a mystery.


A March Meeting, Without Even a Ripple of Excitement

Here is an account of Town Meeting in Brattleboro, as reported March 10, 1899 in an article from the Vermont Phoenix.

Read on for the election of our leather inspector, a defeat for increased Memorial day funds, tax exemptions for the new toy company, a discussion of electric lights on Western Ave., debate over school tuition, and more.


Without Even a Ripple of Excitement

The Old Board of Officers Re-Elected — the Regulation Tax Voted — the New S.A. Smith Company Exempted from Taxation by a Unanimous Vote


iBrattleboro Poll

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