Historic Textiles Highlight Coolidge Historic Site 2017 Season

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. -- The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site opens Saturday May 27 for the 2017 season. 

Visit the new temporary exhibit, Homespun Treasures: The Textiles of Plymouth Notch.  This special exhibit features the practical, often highly artistic textiles and fiber items created by the Coolidge family and their neighbors in the 19th and 20th centuries.  These quilted, woven, knitted, and hand-stitched fabrics offer singular insight into the community that nurtured the early years of the 30th U.S. President.  Mother Coolidge’s wedding dress, stunning quilts, and a collection of nationally award-winning folk-art dolls are among the highlights.  The exhibit was designed by Charles Gibson Design of Hanover, New Hampshire, and funded through the generous support of the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.   

To celebrate the exhibit opening, several members of Fiber Arts in Vermont, a non-profit membership organization based in Chester, will be on site to demonstrate how various historic textiles and other fiber arts were made.  Visitors can experience the excitement of the Killington Stage Race as hundreds of cyclist speed through the historic village on opening day. 

A National Historic Landmark, Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country.  Twelve buildings are open for tour.  The site has two museum shops, walking trails, a restaurant serving breakfast & lunch, sheltered picnic area, and cheese factory that is still producing the traditional granular curd “Plymouth Cheese.” 

A visit usually begins at the Coolidge Museum & Education Center with its permanent exhibition, “More Than Two Words:” The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge.  This highly interactive presentation brings Calvin Coolidge to life through objects, photographs, newsreels, political cartoons, and the masterful work of Jim Cooke, the re-enactor acclaimed for his insightful portrayal of the 30th U.S. president. The exhibit received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State & Local History.

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has planned a busy season of special events at the Coolidge Site, including the July 4th President Coolidge Birthday Celebration, which was selected as a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce; Plymouth Old Home Day (August 5); Grace Coolidge Musicales (June 4, July 16, August 27, October 8); Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival (September 2 & 3); and Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest (October 7).  Ongoing programs include Tuesday Tales of The Notch with guided tours by the site administrator, Wednesday Afternoons with Farmer Fred showcasing historic farming activities and wagon rides, and Summer Thursdays & Saturdays at the Old Notch School—activities organized by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation in the 1890 one-room schoolhouse. 

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open May 27 - October 22, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily.  For further information, call 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at http://historicsites.vermont.gov  Be part of the conversation and join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

Contact: William W. Jenney                                                                       
Regional Historic Site Administrator
802-672-3773; William.Jenney@vermont.gov