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).
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.
February Sixteenth, 2014: "Route 7, Then and Now"
March Sixteenth, 2014: "The Hubbard Photographs"
Jamie Franklin (Lecture Notes)
April Thirteenth, 2014: “Major Valentine and Swedish Immigration”
Paul Searls (Lecture Notes)
May Eighteenth, 2014: “The Big Mill”
June Fifteenth, 2014: “Col. William Marsh: Patriot and Loyalist”
Jennifer and Wilson Brown (Lecture Notes)
July Twenthieth,2014: "All Rise: Standing up to Vermont Judicial History"
Paul Gillies (Lecture Notes)
August Seventeenth: "The Story of the Battle of Bennington" 3:00p.m.!
September Twenty First, 2014: "Bennington Post Cards"
Callie Stewart (Lecture Notes)
October Nineteenth, 2014: "Mother of Freedom: Mum Bett and the Roots of Abolition"
Ben Z. Rose (Lecture Notes)
November Sixteenth, 2014: "Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend"
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina (Lecture Notes)