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Events

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.

Dan Snow, master dry stone wall builder, to present program at the Dummerston Historical Society quarterly meeting July 18 at 7:30 pm.

July 18, 2019

Dan Snow, one of the nation’s premier dry stone wall builders, is a master craftsman who also happens to be a Vermonter and a Dummerston resident. He will talk about the history of the town pound and the making of the pound during 2008-2009.  Dan teaches dry stone wall building and, during five workshops with 44 participants, recreated the town pound adjacent to the Historical Society Schoolhouse.

The original livestock pound was built in October 1796 by Benjamin Alvord for the town of Dummerston.  The size of the fence was 4 feet wide at the base and 6 feet in height.  Each of the four sides was 36 feet long.  The site, in Dummerston Center, was near where the Historical Society schoolhouse stands today but nothing remains of the original pound.

Author of three books, “In the Company of Stone:  The Art of the Stone Wall,” “Listening to Stone,” and “The Solitary Stoneworker,” Dan has taught and created stone structures throughout the United States, Newfoundland, and Scandinavia.  His imagination and works are incredible and one is left wondering just how his creations could be envisioned and built.

Please join us on July 18th at the Dummerston Historical Society in Dummerston Center, next to the Town Office. The program starts at 7:30 pm and will be preceded by a brief business meeting at 7 pm.  The Historical Society is handicapped accessible. All events are free of charge, and one need not be a member to attend.   Info:  802-254-9311

For more information on Dan Snow’s installation, see:  www.dansnowstoneworks.com

Quarterly Meeting and Presentation from Local Historian Stewart McDermet

April 20, 2017

The upcoming April 20th Quarterly Meeting, following a business meeting at 7, will feature at 7:30 pm, local historian and neighbor, Stewart McDermet. Stewart will present and discuss an antique flag he has in his possession, flown many years ago on his and Kris' property on Butterfield Road in Dummerston.  The 12 foot by 7 1/2 foot flag was made sometime after 1896 as it has 45 stars on it (Utah began the 45th state in 1896) and was our country's flag until 1907 when Oklahoma became the 46th state.  Stewart also has a photograph taken around 1914 of this flag flying over their house.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own flags (and their stories) to this meeting!

 

Stewart will also share information regarding the history of his home, which was one of five houses built of bricks from a local Stickney Brook brickyard and which was moved from Western Avenue in Brattleboro to its current site on Butterfield Road.

 

There is much to learn about these subjects. Come, listen, learn and share.

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