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February 13-March 15
Sunday March 19, 1-4 p.m. (Maple Raffle drawing at 3 p.m.)
Sunday, June 18, 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, September 17, 2-4 p.m.
Museum Open House
Sunday, October 8, 2-4 p.m.
Museum Open House on October 8 Features Dramatic Reading of Childhood Diaries
Middletown Springs, Vt.— The Middletown Springs Historical Society Museum Open House on Sunday, October 8, 2-4:00 p.m., features a dramatic reading of excerpts from the 1907 childhood diaries of sisters Lucy and Hazel Grover. A gallery talk about the new exhibit, Childhood in Middletown Springs, 1850-1920, follows the reading. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Young actors Anya Brostek from Hubbardton and Ellie Ruck from Middletown Springs play the parts of Lucy and Hazel, respectively. Their performance is under the direction of Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, a partner in Theatre in the Woods summer camp in Middletown Springs.
On January 1, 1907, Lucy Grover (14) and her sister Hazel (10) began diaries in identical composition books. They lived with their parents, Will and Katie Grover, who owned and operated a farm in West Tinmouth about four miles south of the village of Middletown Springs. Their journals give a rare view of Vermont family farm life at the beginning of the 20th century and document children’s work, education and play—themes that run through the new exhibit.
The exhibit runs through March 17, 2024. The museum is open Sundays, 2-4:00 p.m. through October. The exhibit can also be viewed by appointment by calling exhibit curator and Collections Manager Mary Lou Willits at 802-235-2376. School groups are welcome. For more information about the event and the history of Middletown Springs.
Office Space in Historical Society Available for Rent
When the Town Office moves to its new building, an office space will become available for rent in the Historical Society building on the green. Are you thinking of expanding or relocating your office-based business?
Rented as the Town Office since 1980, the 440 sq. ft. space was remodeled in 1998 and subdivided to create a secure room with an antique fire resistant safe. The main room has built-in shelving and a mini-split heating and cooling system. Interior doors provide access to the building’s accessible restroom and an alternate accessible entrance from the rear of the building. The office is wired for an optional security system through Countryside Lock and Alarm.
The monthly rent is $500, which includes heat and electricity. A lease and security deposit are required. For more information, call Pat Hemenway (802-235-2421) or David Wright (802 235-2376).
Third Town-Wide Gathering in the Mineral Springs Park Scheduled for September 24
For the third year in a row, Middletown Springs resident Leslie Sliver is spearheading a Town-Wide Gathering in the Mineral Springs Park. This year’s gathering, scheduled on September 24, 3:30-5:00 p.m., welcomes all residents to join their neighbors in conversation and good food.
The idea of a Town-Wide Gathering was conceived in the fall of 2021 when residents were coming out of the pandemic mode. There had been no community events for a year and a half, and during that time, Middletown Springs saw some new residents moving into town. With the help of Town Clerk Patty Kenyon, Leslie and her husband Michael Beattie identified new residents and then drove around town delivering personal invitations to about 26 newcomers. Following the same footprint with additional volunteers, the second Town-Wide Gathering was organized in the fall of 2022. Over 100 residents attended both gatherings.
About this year’s gathering, Leslie says, “We hope even more of you will come, meet your neighbors and delight in the personal connections of living in our wonderful small town!”
The Mineral Springs Park is owned and maintained by the Middletown Springs Historical Society. The park, located at 11 Burdock Avenue, is open to the public during daylight hours year-round. To schedule a group or family gathering at the park click here. Rent Our Properties.
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Volunteer site editors update content and introduce new content. Our webmasters Sally and David Caras offer personal training support and a comprehensive online mshsvt.org manual for our volunteer Social Media Committee. The MSHS website is the kingpin of our social media outreach. Please join this star committee and help us shake things up!