Contact: William W. Jenney
Regional Historic Site Administrator
PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – On Monday July 4th, the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site celebrates the birth of the nation as well as its 30th president with special activities scheduled from 10:00 to 5:00. The public is invited to gather at the village green at 12:00 Noon, when a Vermont National Guard delegation leads a march to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery. A wreath from the White House will be placed at the president’s gravesite; a brief ceremony follows with members of the Coolidge family in attendance.
Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on Independence Day, and the event has been commemorated at his birthplace in Plymouth Notch since the 1930s.
At the cemetery, noted Coolidge biographer and chairman of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Amity Shlaes will talk about one of Coolidge’s most famous speeches, which he delivered at the sesquicentennial celebration of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1926. After the program, a barbecue is offered by Maple Street Catering. Later, join us for a slice of birthday cake!
Plymouth’s own Farmer Fred (Fred DePaul) will provide wagon rides beginning at 10:00. Windsor chair maker George Ainley and other Vermont artisans demonstrate traditional crafts. Plymouth Artisan Cheese will make cheese at the factory, Plymouth Historical Society has a special exhibit about one-room schoolhouses, and children’s games are held on the Aldrich House lawn. Farm & Wilderness Camp musicians perform at 11:00 and a marathon reading of Coolidge’s autobiography begins at 1:00. The cemetery program and marathon reading are organized by the Coolidge Foundation; if you would like to be a reader, call 802-672-3389.
Twelve buildings are open to the public at the Coolidge Site, which is owned and operated by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. At the Museum & Education Center, visitors can see the award-winning permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge. Also at the Center is this year’s temporary exhibit, Expressions of Esteem: The Coolidge Presidential Gifts, which features glittering treasures from world dignitaries and modest tokens from “just plain folk.”
A National Historic Landmark, Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential birthplaces in the country. The site is open daily through October 16, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For further information about other programs and special events, contact the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov
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