Previous Historical Society Meetings

May 2016
Coralee Magoon, a member of the Colchester Cemetery Commission told us all about the six town cemeteries and three private ones. She showed photos of some of the interesting grave stones and told us about some of the families and veterans buried there..

Apr 2016
Curt Taylor presented a fascinating look back in When the Boys Came Home - 1945-1947 . Near the end of WWII there were 10.3 million men serving the US Army and Navy combined (about 1.3 million living today). In 1945, when the war ended, 5 million men were released from service; another 5 million were released in 1946. A country that had been totally consumed by the war effort had to adjust to peace. What did that mean to the daily lives of those that had served?  Using letters written at the time by Curt’s mother, he discussed the details of a young couple starting a family and a life together in post-WWII America.

Mar 2016
At our March 2016 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.

Feb 2016
Jerry Allyn presented the history of Hazelett Corporation, a long time manufacturing business in Colchester at the Feb 2016 meeting. This was recorded and a DVD of the presentation is available in case you missed it.

Dec 2015
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.

Nov 2015
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.

Oct 2015
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.

Sep 2015
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.

Apr 2015
Jason Smiley told us all about "The Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums". The question remaining is "were they real or a hoax?"

Mar 2015
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.

Feb 2015
Dr. Robert Sofferman showed us some wonderful animal and nature photos from several of his trips in Vermont, the US and foreign countries.

November 2014

Jerry Fox told us all about "Suzie Wilson, Her life and Her Myth" at the November 2014 meeting. If you didn't attend, you didn't find out why she has a road named after her.

October 13 2014

On October 13, we took a field trip to Hildene, the home of Abraham Lincoln's son Robert Todd Lincoln.

September 2014

At the September meeting Professor John Crock from UVM presented a fascinating look into the distant past of Colchester and the Lake Champlain basin in his presentation of the "Archeology of Colchester's Ancient Native American Past". Tools and artifacts from native Americans living in the area from 10,000 to 12,000 years ago were also on display.
April 2014
At the April 14 meeting Inge Schaefer presented "Writing Colchester History." Inge discussed her experiences in writing her books on Colchester. One of her books is listed in the Historical Literature section. 

May 2014

In May the Historical Society visited the Ethan Allen Museum for a tour of Ethan's house and a presentation about his life and the museum.