Events held in 2013 are shown below.


Sunday, July 14     1:30 p.m.

Dummerston Grange Hall

Vermont’s Flood of 1927:  A New Look 

by Dr. Nicholas Clifford 

The Flood of ‘27 is remembered as the greatest natural disaster in Vermont history. Stories of loss, tragedy, and heroism abound. And yet  more important in many ways than the flood itself is the way in which Vermont and Vermonters responded to the catastrophe, from the moment when the waters rose to the days, weeks, and months afterwards, when the cleanup and recovery took place. Although there was some limited outside help from the Federal Government and the American Red Cross, by and large Vermont was thrown back on its own resources. The ways it met the emergency tell us a great deal about what sort of a place the State was in those days.  The flood is far more than an episode restricted to the history of a single state. It is not simply a Vermont story or a piece of local or regional history; it is part of American history, and from it, one can learn much about what sort of a place America was eighty-odd years ago as well. As the coming of Irene in August, 2011 proved -- though there are certainly similarities between the way Vermonters met the flood of 1927 and met Irene -- our society, our country, and our State have changed enormously in the intervening years.  

This examination of the flood and reconstruction by retired Middlebury College historian, Nicholas Clifford, sheds light on important facets of our national history, and helps us understand better America’s passage through the often anxious and difficult years of the 1920s. 

Nicholas Clifford is a graduate of Princeton and holds a PhD from Harvard.  He taught at MIT, Princeton, and Middlebury College, where he was also Provost for eight years.  His book, The Troubled Roar of the Waters (about the great Flood of 1927) was a collaborative effort with his wife, Deborah, also a writer, and the first woman president of the Vermont Historical Society.  Deborah died in 2008, the same year The Troubled Roar of Waters received the Vermont Historical Society’s Hathaway Award.  Dr. Nicholas Clifford lives in Middlebury.


The Windham County History Fair!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday, August 17th will be a historic day on the Newfane Common.  Gathered in front of the County Courthouse will be exhibits by many of the historical societies from around Windham County, demonstrations, crafters, and history presentations, including "Old Maps of Vermont," spinning, and Civil War re-enator, Bill McKone.  Tours of the Newfane Courthouse by the Honorable Judge Wesley, of the County Jail by Sheriff Keith Clark, as well as tours of historic Newfane village, raffles, food, and much more will be happening.  And don’t forget to bring your antiques for a professional appraisal at the antique booth Saturday afternoon!

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Friday, August 23  5:00

Annual Meeting, Pot-Luck and Special Program: Voices of Windham County

NewBrook Fire House, Route 30, Newfane

5:30  Annual Meeting (all welcome)

6:00 Pot-Luck

7:00:  Program - Voices of Windham County

Vermonters have stories to tell--from home life to school life (one room type), from logs to mills, milk to butter, turkeys to deer, hilltop farms to valley villages, families to communities.  There will be an opportunity on August 23rd to share memories, reflections, tales from the distant past where fresh peas were brought to your home, ice harvested on nearby lakes, and the whippoorwill song ended the day.  The informal gathering will begin with several Windham County voices followed by those in the audience who wish to share their remembrances.  Ray Ballantine from West Townshend and Jamaica, the Druke family from Williamsville, Linda Hellus from Brattleboro, Bea MacFarland from Wardsboro and Newfane, and Eli Prouty from Grafton will spin stories from their times in those towns.  This will truly be an unforgettable program from you and for you.  For more information, contact Nissa Petrak:  348-6301.