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The Vermont Historic Sites are celebrating Vermont Days this year by offering free admission at the Bennington Battle Monument, Mount Independence, and the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Sites on Saturday June 12, and Sunday June 13. 

The Vermont Historic Sites are celebrating Vermont Days this year by offering free admission at the Bennington Battle Monument, Mount Independence, and the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Sites on Saturday June 12, and Sunday June 13. 

Join us on Flag Day for a special program exploring the symbolism and meaning behind the American Flag and other familiar banners. 

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Celebrate the start of summer by exploring history where it happened at one of the two State Historic Sites that open today. For hours of operation, exhibit listings, and information on amenities, please check the webpage for the site that you plan to visit. 

Celebrate the start of summer with a visit to the Sen. Justin S. Morrill State Historic Site in Strafford, Vermont. For hours of operation, exhibit listings, and information on amenities, please check the site webpage.

A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place on the grounds of the Monument with a discussion to follow. 

Join photographer Scott McClure Miller for a 3-class series in creative and technical photography.  Scott has worked in a variety of photographic disciplines including documentary, studio, landscape, and macro. The class will be structured as part visual seminar, part field practice, and part critique/problem-solving. While people with all levels of experience will benefit from taking this series, the emphasis will be toward those with no formal training. Bring your own camera and laptop, or use one of our cameras and laptops.

Pre-registration required.

Dates: July 14, 21 & 28

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Fee: $150 

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org or call (802) 765-8288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

A walking tour of Strafford Village which remains much the same as in Morrill’s time. Tours include Morrill’s birthplace, his father’s blacksmith shop, two libraries, the Strafford Town House, and the mausoleum where Morrill is buried.

Fee: Adults $6 (Children under 15 free)

For more information, please visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This event program is offered in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

A week-long camp for young artists, ages 6 to 12. Explore the nature and architecture of the Morrill Homestead through drawing, nature journaling, and watercolor painting with instructor Jennifer Brown. Make your own handmade books for sketching and finished work. Drawing will include direct observation of nature, drawing games, and techniques to improve your skills. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: July 19 -23

Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon

Fee: $125 per camper

For more information or to register, please visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

World Story Exchange teacher Scott McClure Miller has taught photography to children in 11 countries for the past decade. Young people ages 8 to 11 can join Scott this summer for a week-long exploration of photography on the lovely grounds of the Morrill Homestead. Each day will be a fun mixture of learning and practicing new skills while enjoying the outdoors. The week will culminate with a photo exhibit of campers’ work in the Strafford Post Office. Cameras are provided.

Dates: July 26 - 30

Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon

Fee: $150 per camper

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Justin Smith Morrill was a serious student of landscape design and an avid horticulturist.  His designs and plantings for the walkways and grounds around his home are in the best tradition of the mid-nineteenth century Romantic Landscape Movement in America. Morrill’s landscape plans draw from Victorian tastemaker and horticulturist Andrew Jackson Downing. His gardens were filled with new plants just being introduced to this country from Europe, Asia, and South America.  Come learn more about our famous Senator’s landscape design and horticultural interests. Please pre-register.

Suggested donation: $5.00

For more information or to register, please visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Green Mountain Timekeepers Society members will be in residence on the Chimney Point porch to keep time and talk with you about the history of your clocks and watches and how they can be repaired. Bring your old clocks and watches or photographs and learn more about your timepieces. Clock repair demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Be prepared to practice social distancing and wear facial masks. 

Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

In this two-hour watercolor workshop, we will emphasize painting the beautiful flowers blooming in the Morrill Homestead Gardens or in your own garden at home. The focus will be to follow in the tradition of observing and painting botanicals with lots of encouragement for embracing your own original style. This class is an introduction to a longer series. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration.

Jennifer teaches watercolor classes at the Morrill Homestead and at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme, N.H.

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $35. Please register by Sunday, July 25.

For additional information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call 802-765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

 

Campers (ages 12 to 17) will learn the basics of photography, video and audio recording, and digital editing while exploring the history of the Justin Morrill Homestead and Strafford Village. Join World Story Exchange teachers Scott and Lindsay McClure Miller for 7-days of creative learning. Campers will use drones, cameras, and audio recorders to create their own documentary stories. Each day will be a fun mixture of learning and practicing new skills while enjoying the outdoors.  The camp culminates with a screening of student documentaries.  Camera equipment and computers for editing are provided.

Dates: Mon-Thurs, August 2-5 & Mon-Wed, August 9-11

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Fee: $245 per camper

For more information or to register visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

In this series, on four consecutive Thursdays, we will work from life and explore the world of flowers. Using plants found on the grounds of the Morrill Homestead, we will study and explore nature up close. Some drawing instruction will be provided along with tips and practices in watercolor techniques. A suggested materials list provided upon registration.

Jennifer teaches watercolor classes at the Morrill Homestead and at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme, N.H.

Dates: Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19 & 26

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Fee: $80

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

On this 10th annual driving tour, Jim Rowe, president of the Crown Point Road Association, is your leader to look at the first leg of the 1776 Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road. Meet at the Mount Independence museum with your own car at 10:00 AM. The tour will end at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton at 1:00 PM. Co-sponsored by Crown Point Road Association.

 

Join us for an educational and engaging hands-on afternoon with Justin Squizzero from the Burroughs Garret in Newbury, Vermont. Justin creates handspun, naturally-dyed, hand-woven textiles using methods and equipment from the 18th and 19th centuries. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of natural dyeing using plants, minerals, and insects. Participants will take home samples of dyed textiles.

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $15

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

On this walk, Michael Caduto will share Colonial and Native American folklore and knowledge concerning the uses of wild plants for food, medicine, and materials, as well as identifying poisonous plants to avoid. We’ll taste some delectables in the field and sample a mystery wild treat.

Michael Caduto—well known as co-author of the Keepers of the Earth series—has written and taught extensively on herbalism and has studied the uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of the Northeast. His other books include Native American Gardening and Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life.

Walk includes stories and the sampling of plants in the field, as well as a prepared wild edible. Pre-registration required.

Fee: Adults $15 (children under 15, free)

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288,

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

 

Plymouth’s 16th annual folk & blues concerts will span two days, running from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and will feature stars from Vermont as well as nationally known musicians.  The 2021 lineup includes Phil Henry, Lara Herscovitch, Bow Thayer, Crowes Pasture, Alastair Moock, and KeruBo.  The concerts are free; donations are suggested.  Organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  More information including the schedule for each day can be found at www.plymouthfolk.com  

Plymouth’s 16th annual folk & blues concerts will span two days, running from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and will feature stars from Vermont as well as nationally known musicians.  The 2021 lineup includes Phil Henry, Lara Herscovitch, Bow Thayer, Crowes Pasture, Alastair Moock, and KeruBo.  The concerts are free; donations are suggested.  Organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  More information including the schedule for each day can be found at www.plymouthfolk.com  

Jess Robinson, Vermont State Archaeologist, will present an overview of the archaeological history of Vermont’s Connecticut River valley and adjacent areas from the arrival of its first Native inhabitants approximately 13,000 years ago through to their contact with Europeans. Jess will focus on newly studied sites and will also discuss what we do not yet know about this region’s Precontact past. Pre-registration is required.

Fee: $5 (in person or via Zoom)

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce and pianist Sue Hunt perform music popular in rural Vermont in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The program includes numbers played by the Plymouth Old Time Dance Orchestra, which went on a national tour in 1926 culminating with a performance at the Coolidge White House.  Donation is suggested.

Join Prof. Frederick Wiseman in a discussion of three critical, but little known cultural periods of Vermont Indigenous history. Misunderstanding of these periods is a major obstacle in social, economic, and racial equity of the modern Abenaki communities. Wiseman will conclude with how Vermont Abenaki communities are getting to know their incredible and unique cultural-ecological-historical experience. The lecture will be accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show, artifact demonstrations, and music.

Fee: $5 (in person or via Zoom)

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4822.

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Taught by Sheri Englert of Vermont Beekeeping Supply, this class is designed to get you ready to start your beekeeping journey. Sheri will begin with history and different types of Honey Bees. Then you’ll learn about the parts that make up a beehive and their functions. We’ll talk about the best place to put your hive, what the bees like to eat, and how they find & forage for food & water. Sheri will show you the process of installing a package of Bees vs a Nuc, including the pros & cons of each. You’ll learn about pest management, swarming, supersedure, and more! Pre-registration required.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon

Fee: $30

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

 

Participate in or watch this annual atlatl championship testing skills in accuracy and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on an ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Be prepared to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Vermont Archaeology Month event. Pre-registration required. 

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Competitors $10, Visitors $5 (children under 15, free)

For more information or to register, call (802) 759-2412

 

Linda Radtke, producer of the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio, and pianist Cameron Steinmetz, present through songs and stories Vermonters’ efforts for total enfranchisement from 1840 to 1921.  Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau.

This presentation for gardeners includes honeybee history, current threats to pollinator populations, benefits of honeybees in your garden, and best choices for pollinator foraging. We will discuss chemical v.s. natural weed & pest control. Questions encouraged! Presentation by Sheri Englert of Vermont Beekeeping Supply. Registration required. 

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $5

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Using drum, flute, rattle, and vocals, father and son storytellers and musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation will share Abenaki stories for the whole family. Pre-registration required.

Suggested donation: $5

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Father and son author and educator, Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation will address the continued presence and vibrant cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Nations of Ndakinna, with special emphasis on the years of the Vermont Eugenics project and the long struggle for government recognition. Pre-registration required. 

Fee: $5 (in person or via Zoom)

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288,

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

A celebration of the harvest, with special attention to the apple! The day begins at 10:00 AM with the third annual Coolidge 5K Race (and “I do not choose to run” one-mile walk) organized by the Coolidge Foundation.  Rob Mermin presents Silents Are Golden: A Celebration of Silent Cinema at 1:30 (sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau). Activities for the entire family including cider pressing, historic farming demonstrations, and traditional crafts, will continue until 4:00 PM.

Lyric mezzo Ellen Nordstrom and pianist Abigail Charbeneau reprise their roles as the “Mairzy Doats Duo,” taking a retrospective look at the Roaring Twenties.  Appearing in period outfits and with props, they present Ain’t Misbehavin’, My Blue Heaven, Yes! We Have No Bananas, and other perennial favorites.  Donation is suggested.