Commission Created To Commemorate Civil War

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  A special Vermont commission has been created to commemorate the state’s involvement in the War.
The panel is planning an ambitious five year effort to highlight Vermont’s participation in the war effort and to discuss how the Civil War still shapes who we [...]

World-Famous Civil War Quilt Goes On Display

A world-famous quilt that goes on display once a year will make its annual appearance starting Saturday in Bennington, VT.
The Jane Stickle Quilt, which dates to 1863, consists of 169 five-inch blocks in varying patterns surrounded by a scalloped border.

Vermont prepared to seize cannon from re-enactors

Vermont officials are preparing to seize a Civil War era cannon at the center of a longstanding and pitched battle between the state and a group of historic re-enactors.
The bronze, 12-pound Napoleon cannon paid for by the Proctor family is owned by the state but has been maintained, repaired and used for three decades by [...]

Lincoln answers Greeley

For its fourth consecutive year, Hildene sponsored an essay writing contest for Vermont’s eighth graders. Originally limited to a more local, Bennington County audience, the contest went statewide last year and drew entries from 89 students from 14 schools across the state this year.
Ciaren Wade of Arlington and Sarabeth Rambold of Manchester took first and [...]

Winter History Series to begin with Lincoln’s family

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, author and historian, Jason Emerson, will make the first presentation of the 2010 Winter History Series, speaking on “Robert Todd Lincoln and His Parents”at 7 p.m. in the Beckwith Room. The 45 minute presentation will be followed by a 15 minute question and answer period and all are free and open [...]

Civil War News Publisher C. Peter Jorgensen dies

C. Peter Jorgensen died of cancer at his home in Tunbridge, Vt., on Sept. 25 at age 68.
He grew up in Arlington, Mass., where he joined the auxiliary fire department when he was 18.
During college he and friends ran a Boston news photo agency that supplied fire and emergency services photos to wire services and [...]

Historic bells to ring today

At 2:12 this afternoon, bells around Vermont will ring to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
Vermonters are being encouraged to ring school bells, hand bells, and church and town hall bells.
As VPR’s Steve Zind explains, some of the bells that will ring today have an historic connection to Lincoln’s life and [...]

Vermont may weigh in on battle over Civil War battlefield

MONTPELIER — One hundred forty-four years after Vermonters waged a key Civil War battle on a Virginia field, the state is considering weighing in on another battle over the surrounding land.
Proposed development of a 144,000-square-foot Wal-Mart on land outside the Wilderness Battlefield in Locust Grove, Va., threatens the area near a monument that honors the [...]