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 8 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.
April 21: "Bennington in the Civil War" Bill Morgan
May 19: "The Building of the Hoosic Tunnel" Church Cahoon
June 16: "The Eberle Brothers" Bob and Ray, CD presentation, Charlie Filkins
July 21: "Presidents Visits to Vermont" Mark Hudson
Aug. 18: "Seth Warner" Karl Crannell
Sept. 15: Bus Tour "The Mills of Bennington" Anne and Bill
Oct. 20: "The Big Mill" Joan Goodrich
Nov. 17: "The Corner Stores" Jackie and Beverly
Dec. 15: "Is It Genealogy Or History?" Bill Budd
Jan. 2014: Museum closed