Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Voices From the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library

Imagine clearing out your family attic and discovering hundreds of letters written during the Civil War. After Carleton Young’s parents passed away, he was cleaning out the attic in their home in Pittsburgh, PA. In the attic he found an old wooden box with hundreds of letters, still in their original envelopes, written home by two brothers from Williamstown, VT as they fought in the Civil War. Using excerpts from their letters, which are filled with in-depth accounts of battles and army life, he weaves together their dramatic war-time narrative into the context of the war and adds in additional information about the friends and relatives who fought by their side in his book entitled “Voices From the Attic”. Mr. Young will share these stories at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library on September 10th at 7:00 PM in the library community room. Co-sponsored by the Williston Historical Society and the Chittenden County Historical Society. His book will be available at this time for purchase.

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Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Poor Farms and Orphanages: The Precarious Lives of Children in poverty in Early 20th Century Vermont

Stories from late 19th to Mid-20th Century… little known facts

UVM professor and WHS board member, Meghan Cope, has done extensive research into the records from “The Home for Destitute Children” which was in Burlington. She has many interesting stories to tell including some with Williston roots. Join us as we delve into history about our area.

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Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Reed Brown's 1841 Journey: America Through the Eyes of a Vermont Yankee

The Chittenden County Historical Society presents local historian Richard Allen discussing his latest book. Takes place at the Brownell Library, Kolvoord Room, Essex Jct., VT.

In the fall of 1841, Williston native and Essex resident Reed Brown set out on a two-month odyssey

with dual goals: to obtain a patent for his improved carriage springs, and to assist his brother Nathaniel,

in jail in Ohio. Reed kept a journal that chronicles the dangers and difficulties, as well as some of the

pleasures, of travel in that time.

He experienced:

 a steamboat explosion,

 a rail car derailment,

 hours of a bone-jarring stagecoach ride,

 delightful encounters with fellow travelers,

 unhurried travel on canal boats,

 and warm hospitality along the way.

The journal has been transcribed, supplemented with illustrations, and presented in a well-

researched historical context that includes reminiscences from more famous writers of the same time

period, such as Charles Dickens and Frances Trollope. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Richard always delivers a lively interactive discussion and we look forward to a fun and informative afternoon.

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Rowan - A Night of Celtic Music

Join us for and evening of Celtic Music provided by the group Rowan. The Williston Brick Church Music series presents this group with the Williston Historical Society as the Host/Beneficiary of proceeds from the concert. More details on the Williston Town’s website. https://www.town.williston.vt.us/brickchurchmusic

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Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

The Devil's Cabinet: The Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums

Come learn about the famous Eddy family of Chittenden, Vermont (Rutland County). During the mid to late 1800's they became world-renowned as spirit mediums with the alleged ability of generating full-bodied spirit manifestations or "materializations" of the departed. People traveled from all over the world to Chittenden to witness these phenomena for themselves. Some came with the hope of seeing and speaking to their own departed family members. Others came as skeptics, hoping to debunk the family's alleged powers as "humbug". By 1874, the family was so well-known that Chittenden started being referred to as "Spirit Vale". To this day, there are many who believe that the family had genuine supernatural abilities. Discover the unique connection to Williston.

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