The Bennington Historical Society's mission is to research the history of Bennington and surrounding communities and share our insights with the public. We hope to foster a greater understanding of our common heritage.
Our members conduct oral history interviews, and collect and transcribe diaries, letters, and other documents that provide insights into life in and around Bennington. Recently, the society has produced a series of educational DVDs on topics related to local history, including Baseball in Bennington and Postcards from Bennington.
The society conducts approximately eight monthly meetings per year in the Bennington Museum’s beautiful Ada Paresky Education Center. Programs typically consist of a presenter who addresses a topic concerning Bennington's rich history. Recent meetings have included the solo historical character actor Jim Cooke, best known for his rendition of Calvin Coolidge, and Brian Donelson, author of “The Coming of the Train,” who gave a presentation on the fascinating history and the impact of the Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad (HT&W).
The Bennington Historical Society is proud to host
The Bennington History Club
Gather together to share your interest in and passion for Bennington's historical heritage
Bring your stories, findings, artifacts and questions and together we can keep Bennington's rich history alive and preserve it into the future
Our next meeting will be
July 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
in the Lounge at First Baptist Church
601 Main Street, Bennington
light refreshments will be served
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Our monthly presentations are usually on the third Sunday of the month (be sure to check the specific days and dates) at 2:00p.m in the Ada Paresky Education Center at the Bennington Museum, located at 75 Main Street in Bennington.
May 17 - Bob Howe: Mosely Bridge Restoration (lecture notes)
July 19– Joe Hall: “The Murder of Mickey Kane” (lecture notes)
August 16 – David Bennet: “The Haldiman Negotiations” (lecture notes)
September 20 – Ken Daigler: "Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War" (lecture notes)
October 18 – Annual Meeting then Chip Stokes: “Thomas Jefferson in Bennington” (lecture notes)
November 15 - Vic Rolando: “The Norton/ US Pottery Dig on Park Street” (lecture notes)