Vermont history

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.

Tom Koch: What have we come to?

The idea of silencing speakers with an opposing view is antithetical to all that I learned as a political science major at Middlebury.

Gregory Sanford: Freedom of expression and the beast of Vermont

In 1798 a bundle of legislation known as the Alien and Sedition Acts passed into law. Shortly thereafter, Vermont’s Congressman Matthew Lyon was convicted and jailed under the Sedition Act.

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.

Bob Wilson: Further stories from the Morses

Something about Mark Bushnell’s article about human hibernation sounded vaguely familiar, but it wasn’t until the last page, when he mentioned Allen Morse, that I made the connection.

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.

Gov. Phil Scott Proclaims February as Vermont African American Heritage Trail Month

Press Release — Gov. Phil Scott Monday, February 6, 2017 Contact: Rebecca Kelley 802-828-6403 [email protected] Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott declared February as Vermont African American Heritage Trail Month during a proclamation ceremony and signing at the Vermont State House today. Joined by members of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, Gov. Scott […]

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.

Charlotte covered bridge restoration keeps history alive

“The continuity of having the bridge here is important for our historic past,” said the president of the Charlotte Historical Society. The restoration, funded largely with federal money, was celebrated Sunday.

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.