Colchester Historical Society

Announcements
  • Our next program is Monday, May 9th at 7 PM at the Historical Society House on the Colchester Green:    Coralee Magoon, a member of the Colchester Cemetery Commission will talk about the six town cemeteries and three private ones.  She has photos and will talk about some of the families and veterans buried in them. Society meetings are open to all.
  • On April 13th the Society was presented a $5000 grant from the state for repairs to the parsonage. 
  • Our One Room Log Schoolhouse Museum located at Airport Park is now closed for the season. It will reopen about Memorial Day 2016.  In the meantime you can see more about it under the Log Schoolhouse Restoration link.
  • The activity calendar for 2015-2016 is now available.  Check it out by clicking on the link at the left.  We hope to see you at some of the future events.
  • Don't forget to browse our Vintage Photos section. If you have some photos that you would like to add, contact Bob Furst by email or phone: 802-658-3706.
  • If you are a member or want to join the society, now is the time to pay your dues!  They are only $5.00 a year.    

News about this year's events
  • In April, Curt Taylor described the adjustment to civilian life of service members and their families after WWII using letters written by his mother at the time.
  • At our March Meeting a committee from the Milton Historical Society described the importance of the General Stannard House and their effort to restore it as a Civil War museum.
  • Jerry Allyn presented the history of Hazelett Corporation, a long time manufacturing business in Colchester on Feb 13.  This was recorded and a DVD of the presentation is available in case you missed it.
  • Our annual Christmas party held at the United Church of Colchester once again had an overflow crowd who heard a wonderful musical presentation by several of the Colchester High School choral groups. 
  • In November Curt Taylor used family memoirs to describe Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations in New England of the 1800's and also described some antique cards presented to the society.  
  • In October a group of members traveled to St. Johnsbury to visit the amazing Fairbanks Museum and enjoyed a special lecture by Mark Breen in the Planetarium.  
  • At our September meeting Murray Thompson described the changes in agriculture in Colchester over the years and where it is headed with some local dairy farmers already using robotic milking machines.
  •  At the April 13 meeting Jason Smiley told us all about "The Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums".  The question remaining is "were they real or a hoax?"
  •  On March 9  Buzz Kuhns presented a slide show of an amazing Alaskan bike trip he took and also presented an amusing poem he wrote about "the cost of Maple Sugaring".  If you missed the maple sugaring poem you can find it on the Internet.
  • At the February meeting, Dr. Robert Sofferman showed us some wonderful animal and nature photos from several of his trips in Vermont, the US and foreign countries.
  • 2013 was a great year for Colchester as we celebrated the 250th anniversary of our chartering as a town. Join with the Historical Society in thanking all those who made this celebration possible.