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Shocking Story

1886:

Dr. Frederick M. Palmer, postmaster in 1846 who created the Brattleboro provisional stamp, jumps to his death from a Portland steamer out of Boston holding his 4-year-old grandson.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - WWI Parade

It was 97 years ago this week that Brattleboro celebrated the return of her World War I soldiers, sailors and nurses with a parade up and down Main Street. An estimated 8,000 spectators watched 50 local organizations join together to honor the 470 men and women who served during the “War to end all Wars”. Here's the story...

 

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A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the USA

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library invite the public to attend a free presentation by Tim Weed on Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 in the Library. The presentation is titled, "A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the USA. Tim Weed has made many trips to Cuba, and will discuss past and current changes in Cuba and US relations.  

Weed is an award-winning author, outdoorsman, independent explorer and a founding director of the National Geographic Student Expeditions. This program is made possible through the Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Indentured Servants

It was 150 years ago this week that Brattleboro’s Overseer of the Poor signed an Indentured Service contract with a farmer in Dover for the services of a ten year old boy named Robert Drake. That’s right! In 1866, one year after the Civil War ended, and 4 months after the United States Congress abolished slavery, a ten year old boy from Brattleboro was made an indentured servant until he reached his 21st birthday. Here's the story...

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April 1886 Advertisement: Thorn's Hop & Burdock Tonic

Here’s an advertisement for a useful item, made right here in Brattleboro. It’s Thorn’s Hop & Burdock Tonic, which is good for treating a range of ailments. Thorn made and sold his popular tonic for quite a few years in the late 1800's with great success.

This ad appeared in the Vermont Phoenix in the spring of 1886.

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5-9-91 Intersection in the Mid 60s

Thought some history buffs and classic car buffs might enjoy these photos that recently appeared on the Hemmings Motor News blog.

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2016/04/19/brattleboro-vermont-1965-2/

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Daughters of the American Revolution

It was 103 years ago this week that the Vermont Phoenix reported that the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was locating and marking the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers in Brattleboro and nearby towns. You may not be aware that Brattleboro is virtually surrounded by the history of the American Revolution.

 

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April 1857 Advertisement - Chase & Tripp

Another advertisement from old Brattleboro. This time we'll see what Chase & Tripp are offering at their place downtown, in April of 1857.

It looks like silver spoons are the newest rage. We'll have to get a few.

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April 1874 Advertisement - I. K. Allen Has Lumber For Sale

Below you will find an advertisement from the Vermont Phoenix, April 1874, that informs of us the wonderful selection of lumber at the lumber yard.

"Lumber! Lumber! The undersigned is now replenishing his Lumber Yard with a fresh stock of Lumber for the spring trade consisting of shingles, lath, and finishing lumber of all descriptions," it begins.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - H.P. Lovecraft

It was 86 years ago this week that the writer HP Lovecraft was home in Providence, Rhode Island creating his story, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Lovecraft was a self-described writer of “weird tales” which often blended fantasy, horror and science fiction. “The Whisperer in Darkness” is one of those weird tales set in a fictionalized Vermont in an area much like our own Brattleboro.

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Annette Spaulding Presents West River Petroglyph Find at the Vermont History Museum

In the spring of 1909, the completion of a new hydro-electric dam in Vernon created at 28 mile long lake, from Vermont's southern boarder with Massachusetts to Bellows Falls, as waters began to back up and subsume much of the river-adjacent countryside. On average, the water level rose 30 feet and eventually flooded more than 150 farms. Among the lands subsumed by permanent flood waters were a series of petroglyphs sites near the confluence of the West River and Connecticut River dating from a precolonial epoch, in the lands now known as Brattleboro, Vermont.

 

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - The Trophies

This Week in Brattleboro History by Joe Rivers and BAMS, et. al., Friday, April 1, 2016, “The Trophies”

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Grand Gift Concert and Ball - An April 1875 Advertisement

Below you will find an advertisement from April 1875 for a Grand Gift Concert and Ball to be held at the Town Hall in Brattleboro on April 27. You'll want to get a ticket to this, because the prizes are amazing.

There is a concert from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by a ball from 9 until 2 a.m. A special orchestra is coming in from Lowell, Mass.. for the event.

The $2 ticket gives you a chance to win big. How big? How about first prize, a house and lot on Canal Street?

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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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