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  • Elsie Well’s Book

    BHS is printing a second edition of Elsie Wells’ history of our town: Bakersfield Vermont, the way it was, the way it is, that was first published in 1976 to celebrate our nation’s Bicentennial. The soft cover 2nd edition will cost $25.00. If you are interested in purchasing copies, please send an email to ovitt.kim@gmail.com

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  • Archaeology Summer Camp

    BHS will be the sponsor and site for Franklin County’s first Archaeology camp lead by Bakersfield’s own Kim Ovitt. Come in and watch the learning and excitement whenever our Open Flag is displayed throughout the summer from June to August. All ages may join. If you are interested in learning more about Archaeology Camp, please

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  • Updates !

    The most recent updates have been completed to our database. We currently have over 1800 records in our collection! These records include everything from books, to manuscripts, letters, and newspaper clippings. We have a very large collection of photographs and postcards as well as objects and artifacts related to the day-to-day activities of people

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Events

  • March 3

    Tuesday: Town Meeting Day. BHS opens its building for 2015 with the Traditional Potluck Luncheon at 12:00 noon. This follows the meeting in the Town Hall. Come and enjoy warm delicious food provided by the parishioners of the United Church of Bakersfield and members of the Bakersfield Historical Society. $5.00 fee.

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  • March 29

    Sunday: Bakersfield’s 14th Annual Sugar On Snow Party from 1-4pm at the BHS building. Come join us for the toe-tapping, fiddlin’ of Dave Carr and the Northeast Fiddlers with Janice on keyboard, dancing, and of course “Vermont’s Sweetest” on Whoa-Stop the Snow! Home made doughnuts, pickles and more. $5.00 fee.

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  • April 1

    Wednesday: BHS Annual Meeting at 7:00pm in our building. Election of officers will take place. Programs, exhibits and summer camp for 2015 will be discussed.

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  • May 23 & 24

    Memorial Day Weekend: 10:00am to 2:00pm Open House. Come in and learn about the three cemeteries in Bakersfield and the location of your ancestors.

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Education

  • Did You Know

    2015 marks the 175th Anniversary of your Historical Society Building? It was one of the first Academies in Franklin County. By 1840 there was a growing realization that the young people in the Town needed more than the 8th grade education that was provided in the 12 district schools, if they were to succeed in

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  • Civil War Letters-Scribner Collection

    The Historical Society has been transcribing Civil War letters sent from the South by the young men of Bakersfield who served as Union soldiers. We will be presenting a series of articles featuring these letters over the next few months. The first of this series will be letters by George W. Scribner, beginning with his

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  • Did You Know?

    In 1830 the first physician, Dr. Amos Towne arrived. He married a daughter of Colonel Silas Hazeltine. Her brother was General Silas Berkley Hazeltine, First Brigade, Second Division, of the Vermont state militia and town clerk of Bakersfield for 57 years.
     
    150 years ago, in 1863, the town voted a bounty of one hundred

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  • Bakersfield Historical Society

    The building which houses the Bakersfield Historical Society is the towns oldest public building which has always met the needs of our community; in 1840 as the region’s first opportunity for secondary education, secondly as a place of worship for Methodists and a rural Catholic congregation, and presently as a place to preserve and learn

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