The DHS holds four meetings a year – one annual meeting in January and three others quarterly, held on the third Thursday of April, July, and October. The Society also plans one to four public events per year, which include photography and art exhibitions, educational programs, and open houses.
Quarterly Meeting - April 15, 2021
Our spring Quarterly Meeting saw more than 60 people Zoomed-in to enjoy a
fascinating program presented by Rich Holschuh, a resident of Wantastegok
(Brattleboro, VT) and an independent historic and cultural researcher. Rich is a public liaison and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Elnu Abenaki, a member of the contemporary Indigenous community.
Rich shared stories of indigenous presence specifically in what is now Dummerston, and then generally in the immediate area of Sokwakik/ Sokoki country (how this region is seen through Abenaki eyes).
Annual Meeting - January 21, 2021
We're delighted to report that our first ever ZOOM-based Annual Meeting was very successful, attended by 40+ members and friends. After reporting on our 2020
accomplishments, current finances and 2021 goals, the Officers and Directors for 2021 were duly presented and elected. The business portion of our meeting completed, we were then treated to a wonderful program by Board Member Charles Fish, who illuminated the life and times of Rudyard Kipling during his Dummerston years. A recording of that most interesting talk appears here for your enjoyment.
October 15, 2020
However, please be aware that your Dummerston Historical Society is still very much alive and busy. The Directors have been meeting monthly over ZOOM. Some Directors have been working on projects at home, creating albums with selections from the myriad of photos we have at the schoolhouse, working in pairs and trios sorting through the many boxes of albums and papers from the family of Carol Bessette and entering into the talking stage with a Dummerston resident about creating a Facebook presence sometime in the future.
We are pleased to report that our moisture problem at the schoolhouse seems to have been pretty much corrected and the humidity readings are consistently staying within the recommended parameters. Thanks to Bob Taylor and Kevin Ryan for their hard work.
Our calendars are ready and can be picked up at the Dummerston Town Office or by calling Jody Normandeau at 380-9027 or Gail Sorenson at 254-9311. The cost is still $10 and they make great gifts, especially for out of town family and friends.
It is now time to consider renewing your membership in the Dummerston Historical Society. For a small membership fee of $15 a year, you will help support us in our continued efforts to permanently retrieve, store and share the history of our town. While the schoolhouse remains temporarily closed, our building costs remain constant (insurance, heat, electricity, organizational membership fees, etc.). Your continued support helps cover these ongoing costs.
Your DHS Directors
History in the making! Covid-19 has changed our lives, and we are living it! Unfortunately, this history-making event is causing us to cancel our October DHS Quarterly meeting, and while we wish we could all meet together, your health and safety are much more important to us.
April 16th Meeting is Cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Dummerston Historical Society has cancelled its April 16th 2020 quarterly meeting with speaker Rich Holschuh and hopefully will reschedule sometime later this year. We will keep you posted!