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Rokeby to exhibit 100-year-old NYC postcards by Vt. artist

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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FERRISBURGH — As Rokeby Museum Director Jane Williamson researched artist Rachael Robinson Elmer, who grew up at the Rokeby homestead in the late 1800s, she read of a mysterious painting. The depiction of New York’s City Hall painted in the Impressionist style had been rejected from a series Elmer created for a group of 12 postcards in the early 1900s, and it had not been seen since.

What Williamson didn’t expect was to find the very painting in the Rokeby archives, where it had been nestled since Elmer’s death in 1919.

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Civil War historian Howard Coffin to offer talk at Rokeby Museum

Posted on July 16, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — Howard Coffin, Vermont’s premier Civil War historian, will be at Rokeby Museum on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. to celebrate his new book, “Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont.” Coffin will shar4e stories from among the hundreds he collected from more than 200 Vermont towns.

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Rokeby Museum to open new education center on May 19

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh will open its new Education Center and exhibit on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. The ribbon cutting celebrates a decade of planning and fundraising for the $1.2 million project. The center provides much-needed facilities, including rest rooms and meeting space, and houses the new 2,500-square-foot exhibit, “Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont.”

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Vital Rokeby Museum building completed; key exhibit next

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — After more than a decade of planning and effort and a few setbacks along the way, the 13-year-old dreams for Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum to become a major Underground Railroad history site and dramatically expand its ability to handle visitors is a giant step closer to reality.

Brandon general contractor Naylor & Breen Builders recently finished a two-story, roughly $1.5 million visitor center on the Route 7 site that will go by the name the Rokeby Museum Underground Railroad Education Center.

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Rokeby breaks ground on $1.4m visitor center

Posted on March 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — More than a decade after Rokeby Museum officials first envisioned the concept, workers have broken ground there on a visitors’ center that will house an exhibit on the Ferrisburgh historic site’s pivotal roles in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement.

If the weather continues to cooperate with general contractor Naylor & Breen Builders if Brandon, the roughly $1.4 million Rokeby Museum Underground Railroad Education Center will be finished by August.

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Local historians revisit Douglass's fiery 1843 visit

Posted on April 25, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEURY — As director of the Rokeby Museum, Jane Williamson knows a lot about how slaves moved covertly from South to North via the Underground Railroad.

But as the nation prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War that would end slavery, Williamson wants people to know what Addison County residents — and national figure Frederick Douglass — did overtly in an effort to end indentured servitude before hostilities began on April 12,1861.

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