Then Again: A use for Vermont’s leftover bits and pieces

Gores may have started as accidents, but they soon became useful to the Legislature, which doled them out almost like consolation prizes to people petitioning the state for land.

Then Again: A massive blizzard brings Vermont to a halt

Not a train ran for nearly three days. Montpelier didn’t have mail from the south for four days, and people in Rutland fought through drifts that ranged from 4 feet to over their heads to get about town.

Then Again: Klan crosses burned in Vermont, but not for long

What drew people to the group varied. Some were attracted by its message of hatred and exclusion, while others described it as a social club, akin to the Masons or Rotary.

Then Again: A winter wracked by scurvy and cold

Sixty French soldiers huddled inside a small fort on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain during the winter of 1666. Each must have wondered: “What am I doing here?”

Then Again: On and off the prohibition wagon

Lawmakers and the public have long shown their ambivalence about banning alcohol production and sales as a way to combat the social ills of its abuse.

Then Again: Vermont peddler to Wall Street robber baron

James Fisk conducted his affairs — both financial and personal — with all the subtlety of a carnival barker. And that was his undoing.

Then Again: Bizarre tale of hibernation is a mystery

The story told of how one Vermont family would put their elderly and infirm into a sort of hibernation for the winter.

Then Again: Icy Vermont interlude for a Hollywood legend

Lillian Gish never forgot her time in Vermont. Perhaps it was the hardships she endured to create a famous scene, and the emotional reaction it elicited from audience members.

Then Again: A one-woman rally for rights

When Clarina Howard Nichols took her activism to the Statehouse, she could hardly have been more alone.

Then Again: Hailing a new chief by lamplight

The swearing-in of Calvin Coolidge as president was so humble that about the only preparation seems to have been that his father took time to shave before administering the oath.

Then Again: Vermont government grows

During the mid-1900s, two governors – a Republican and a Democrat – wrought reforms that drastically expanded state government and its role in the lives of Vermonters.

Then Again: From horses to hockey — thrills on the ice

People have long seen the state’s frozen waters as an invitation to play, although risk was often part of the excitement.

Bushnell: A New Year’s ice angel from Brattleboro’s most famous sculptor

The 1856 event, which was carried in newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and around the world, launched 22-year-old Larkin Goldsmith Mead to international fame.

Then Again: The gifts of Vermont’s Ebenezer Scrooge

Silas Griffith was a harsh businessman, but today his legacy in the towns of Danby and Mount Tabor is one of generosity.