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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Prohibition v. The Local Option

Due to our tardiness in posting this podcast it should perhaps read, "Last Week in Brattleboro History." Sorry about that.

It was 100 years ago this week that Brattleboro was in an uproar about the sale of alcohol in our town.

This week BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his intrepid band of young historians at the Brattleboro Area Middle School examine the prohibition era.

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Fred Emerson Brooks and D. W. Robertson, and What is a Tumbleronicon?

March 13, 1891:

Fred Emerson Brooks, the California poet, humorist and reciter, and D.W. Robertson, the tumblerlonicon and verephone soloist, who are to give the entertainment under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A. next Thursday evening, have received the highest commendation wherever they have appeared.

http://www.biblio.com/fred-emerson-brooks/author/20439

http://cicilycorbett.blogspot.com/2006/10/bad-poetry-fred-emerson-brooks...

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Paupers

1843: To the disgrace of civilization and Christianity, the practice of selling Town Paupers, annually, to the lowest bidder, still prevails in many Towns of our own and the neighboring States. Those unfortunate beings, who have been reduced to poverty, and become unable to maintain themselves, are put up at auction, and the person who will take them at the cheapest rate, - or in other words the person who will work them the hardest, and keep them in the poorest manner, takes them for a year and makes the most he can.

Interesting...I'm sure they were referred to somewhat as indentured servants rather than slaves.  Some illegal aliens seem to be similarly employed in modern times.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Town Meeting Day!

Many thanks to Chris Grotke, whose 2014 history of town meeting served as vital source for this week's podcast about the history and evolution of town meeting in Brattleboro.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - The Brattleboro Rat & TWiBH Behind-the-Scenes

In today's edition of This Week in Brattleboro History, Joe Rivers and his crack staff of Brattleboro Area Middle School student historians explore the discovery of the famous Brattleboro Rat and provide a peek behind the curtain of TWiBH’s production.

Thanks to Chris (cgrotke) for his question about the TWiBH research process. It inspired a rather startling addendum to this podcast from the kids.

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The Face Book

Oh, sure, it’s the name of a corporation, but do you know the origins of the name?

A face book is/was a booklet given out to freshmen at colleges at the beginning of the school year. It was an alphabetical listing of all fellow freshpeople and their pictures. The stated reason for producing it was so that new students could get to know one another more quickly if they could look one another up in a guide.

It was a mini-yearbook, to give social interaction on campus a boost.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Dunham Brothers Shoe Company

It was 115 years ago this week that the Dunham brothers held their annual banquet for employees and their two-day school for traveling shoe salesmen.

This week BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his intrepid band of young historians at the Brattleboro Area Middle School examine the Dunham Brothers shoe company

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: Slideshow of Main Street Through the Years

Joe Rivers presents his slideshow, Brattleboro's Main Street Through the Years, at the Brattleboro Historical Society's annual public meeting, 16 November 2015.

This video was created using the actual slides and a recording produced for archival purposes, rather than public release. We mention this by way of a disclaimer, because the audio isn't always great, and for that we apologize. The presentation, however, was great and we thought our gentle viewers would forgive a few seconds of spotty audio in its reproduction.

The slideshow was created and presented by BHS trustee Joe Rivers. You'll also hear the voices of John Carnahan, Bill Holiday and many other in the audience of this well-attended, annual public meeting of the Brattleboro Historical Society.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - West River Railroad and Robert Burns

BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his band of young historians at the Brattleboro Area Middle School examine the West River Railroad and Robert Burns.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Island Park Flood of 1915

It was 101 years ago this month that Island Park weathered its worst ice flood!

BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his band of young historians at the Brattleboro Area Middle School examine the fraught relationship between Island Park and the Connecticut River.



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First Wednesday Lecture Series : Allen Koop The History of Health Care in the US

Dartmouth professor Allen Koop will discuss the history of America's troubled, promising, and unique health care system in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on February 3 at 7 pm. His talk, "The History of Health Care in the US," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Koop will discuss how America's health care system has been shaped not only by developments in medicine but also by social forces, economics, politics, and historical surprises.

Koop graduated from Dartmouth College and then earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in the History Department at Dartmouth College, primarily on 20th century European history and on the American health care system.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Ex-Slave Jacob Cartledge

BHS trustee Joe Rivers and his group of young BAMS historians investigate ex-slave Jacob Cartledge.

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Myra Goodwin

According to Wikipedia:  "Myra Goodwin played the leading lady in Sis, an 1885 production of the 14th Street (Manhattan) Theatre." 

Wikipedia link

Pintrest link

Google News link

Google Books link

Lawrence History Center link

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Wearing Toilets?

It was one 120 years ago this week that a fancy dinner party at the Brooks House was attended by 125 of the most prominent citizens in Brattleboro, and a local paper reported to each attendee wore extremely rich and handsome toilets.

Eh, toilets?

BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his history students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School answer this riddle with a story of history and etymology, on this week's edition of This Week in Brattleboro History.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - What Is Sauce for the Goose...

Brattleboro Historical Society trustee Joe Rivers and his BAMS student historians investigate selective enforcement in 19th century Brattleboro.

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1886: Largest Block of Dummerston Granite, Now Missing

An item in iBratt’s Today in Local History sent me on an Internet hunt on this lazy New Year’s Day.
Dummerston’s big block of granite landed just south of the Basketball Hall of Fame until 2008.

1886:
The largest piece of granite ever quarried at Dummerston, and the largest one, probably, that ever passed through Brattleboro was brought down on Monday [likely Dec. 28, 1885]. It was 12 feet long by 9 feet 6 inches wide, and 6 feet thick. It went to Springfield, Mass., where it will form the top step of the new jail entrance.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - The Decline and Fall of Vermont Yankee

Joe Rivers and his history students at Brattleboro Area Middle School discuss the closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, which began one year ago this week

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1887 Advertisement for I. B. Thorn

For our final December historical advertisement, let's see what I. B. Thorn has to offer downtown on Main Street, across from High.

Thorn is thinking ahead. Not only does he offer Christmas gifts, but also gifts for the New Year. It's "the finest display of holiday novelties ever seen in town," after all. Not bad for a drug store.

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1886 Advertisement for N. I. Hawley

Hawley sells clothes. Each season he goes to New York City to find the latest and greatest fashions and best prices for his Brattleboro customers. He returns with a new load, tells us all what he has for sale, and we buy it from him.

Here is his complex advertisement for December 1886. Get your holiday goods and staple supplies!

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