Be a part of two historic events in Barre

August 8, 2012

Julie Nelson
Vermont Historical Society
60 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641
[email protected] (802) 479-8519


Barre, VT – “One Huge Mass of People” will assemble on August 31 to reenact the scene 100 years after Theodore Roosevelt came to Barre on the campaign trail. Mark Hudson, Executive Director of the Vermont Historical Society, notes that, “We want to restage another enormous gathering. Please join us for this festive occasion and be a part of history.” Upon T.R.’s arrival, the crowd will gather to hear Roosevelt’s speech given by actor John Alexander, who performed in Lost Nation Theater’s “Bully!” The “Huge Mass” also will be depicted in photographs taken from the same viewpoint as in 1912.

Theodore Roosevelt speaks in Barre in August 1912. Vermont Historical Society photo

The newspaper of that era, the Barre Daily Times, described the throng that greeted the presidential candidate when he came to Barre in 1912, “Trains and street cars brought large loads of people . . . ,” creating the largest audience in Barre’s history. The Times Argus of 2012 will be providing a commemorative issue to pay tribute to this historic visit.

Participants are asked to meet at City Hall Park in downtown Barre at 4:00 pm. After the speech, the audience will be treated to free ice cream and music of the era provided by the St. Johnsbury Band.

In anticipation of Teddy Roosevelt’s “return” to Vermont, writer, editor, and historian, Greg Guma brings to the Vermont History Center stories and thoughts about the evolving nature of progressive politics in Vermont in his presentation of “Progressive Movements and the Vermont Way”. On Wednesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm, Greg will present vignettes and impressions: how the Anti-Masons briefly took the state; Burlington’s first progressive mayor James Burke; a 1906 fusion movement; progressive Republicans in the 1940s and Phil Hoff’s breakthrough; the Green Mountain Parkway fight; a conservative Vermonter who stood up to McCarthy; and the rise of Bernie Sanders. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (802) 479-8505 or email: [email protected] See the calendar at for this and more events.

The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library in Barre, the new Vermont Heritage Galleries, and programming throughout the state. Established in 1838, its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at

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