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World War II vet recalls front-row seat at V-J day

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s a picturesque day in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2007 and a young couple and their two children are among the scores of people fanning across the deck of the USS Missouri, admiring the iconic battleship that hosted the surrender ceremony for Japanese forces, effectively ending World War II.

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Local historians to salute Civil War veteran

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



EAST MIDDLEBURY –– The East Middlebury Historical Society is hosting an open house Thursday, June 14, to display its exhibit for the Vermont History Expo before moving it to the site.

The Expo is held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds next weekend. The theme for this year’s Expo is Vermont in the Civil War.

East Middlebury Historical Society’s Peggy Peabody said Vermont played a bigger role in the war than most people realize and the town itself has a close connection to the war.

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Vermont history keeper calls it quits

Posted on May 28, 2012 |
By Andrew Nemethy



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VERMONT — Without Gregory Sanford, Vermont history just wouldn’t be the same.

For 30 years, he’s been the state archivist, preserving, organizing, cataloguing — and pondering — the documents that underpin the existence of the state we call Vermont. He’s been equal parts crusader and visionary, enthusiastically at home in an arcane, fascinating field that is distant from most of us — and yet, ever-present in our lives. For without our history, what are we?

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Monument designer to get credit 71 years later

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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Update 5/22/12: Middlebury officials announced Tuesday afternoon that due to a health issue, Marion Guild will be unable to attend tonight’s scheduled event honoring her role in designing the Emma Willard monument. The selectboard will reschedule the event when Guild is able to attend.

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Museum will tell story of city's key role in War of 1812

Posted on May 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — It’s known as the “Little City.” But Vergennes, unbeknownst to many, played a huge role two centuries ago in a major U.S. Navy victory that protected the Champlain Valley from British invasion and helped end the War of 1812.

The story is succinctly acknowledged on a plaque adorning a stately, stone-pillared monument standing in the city park.

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Special section: Marking Middlebury's 250th

Posted on October 28, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



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Check out our special section celebrating Middlebury's 250th birthday, complete with town history and then-and-now photos. Get the full scoop inside!

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Jan Albers completes chapter as director of Sheldon Museum

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — After six years at the helm of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Jan Albers is ready to write the next chapter in her professional life.

Albers confirmed on Tuesday that she will be stepping down as executive director of the Sheldon — the repository of some of Addison County’s most treasured historical documents — effective this Friday, Sept. 30.

“The average stay for a museum director is five years, and I have been here for six,” Albers said with a smile.

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LCMM to investigate 1812 battle

Posted on September 26, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



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VERGENNES — Almost 200 years ago, Commodore Thomas MacDonough won a crucial naval battle in the War of 1812 that drove the British — the world’s greatest naval force at the time — from the Plattsburgh, N.Y., battle site back into Canada, allowing the United States to retain a larger piece of northern territory when a peace treaty was signed two months later.

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Preservation Trust busy after storm

Posted on September 15, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BURLINGTON — Brandon’s historic downtown is more or less intact despite the massive Aug. 28 flood, but there are historic villages across Vermont that have been irreparably damaged, like those in Wilmington and Waterbury.

“Wilmington’s downtown was decimated,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “There are storefronts, one after another, that just aren’t there anymore.”

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VBT pedals into fifth decade

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — When John Freidin founded Vermont Bicycle Tours in the early 1970s he never imagined that 40 years later the company would grow to annually serve 5,000 travelers in 26 countries. He didn’t know of any businesses at the time that were based on bicycle touring.

A young Middlebury College professor of history, Freidin recently recalled that he was trying to escape the world of academia. On the suggestion of a colleague, he and a fellow professor took an overnight bike trip through Vermont.

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