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  • Howard Coffin’s New Book

    Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont
    Howard Coffin’s new book covers surviving sites in all of Vermont’s 251 towns.It is available in the H.F. Brigham Library.

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  • The Bakersfield Boys

    Our current exhibits feature the men from Bakersfield who fought at Gettysburg and New Orleans, along with a wonderful collection of old maps from Brigham Academy, which vividly show how much the world has changed since these maps were in use.

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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 23

    Sunday, March 23- Sugar on Snow Party featuring The Northeast Fiddlers and Dave and Janice Carr of Bakersfield, at BHS from 1pm-4pm. The cost is $5.00. Come and enjoy traditional fare, toe-tapping music and dancing for young and old, exhibits and more during Vermont’s Official open House Weekend Celebration!

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  • April 2

    Wednesday, April 2-BHS Annual Meeting at 7pm in our building. Election of officers and discussion of programs and exhibits for 2014. We welcome your ideas. Come and learn about John McMahon, the World Champion Arm and Collar Wrestler and where he lived in Bakersfield.

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  • May 24-25

    May 24-25- Memorial Weekend 10am-2pm Open House. Learn about three cemeteries in Bakersfield and the location of your ancestors. See a photo exhibit of the Bakersfield hearse carriage that is on display at the Shelburne Museum. Refreshments will be available.

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  • Ongoing

    Ongoing: BHS meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the BHS building. Come join us if you have an interest in Bakersfield history. Please come in whenever the OPEN flag is displayed or by appointment at 802-827-3042. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays from 10am-2pm to help with collections, displays, etc.

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Education

  • 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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