PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will host the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors in a special Civil War program on June 28, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitors are invited to step back in time and meet soldiers and civilians from the 1860s and appreciate about the daily life of Vermonters during the Civil War. Talk with living historians to learn about lives of those at the home front as well as loved ones in the ranks of the 2nd Vermont Regiment, one of the storied regiments of the “Old Brigade.” This is a chance to interact with history up close and personal, seeing the clothing and equipment used by the typical Vermont soldier.
At 2:00 p.m., Lynn Sawyer will present What They Wore: Our Townspeople in the 1860’s. This program will focus on what middle-class farm families would have worn in Plymouth…and why. Examples of 1860s clothing will be used throughout the program. Have you ever wondered what was under those dresses? Come find out. This is not your ordinary history lesson!
Civil War Day at The Notch complements the new seasonal exhibit at the Coolidge Site, “The Coolidges, Plymouth, and the Civil War.” Designated a “Top 10 Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Event,” the exhibit examines the Civil War from the perspective of the Coolidge family and their neighbors, many with sons on the front lines serving as Union soldiers. The exhibit offers first-person accounts told with period letters, photographs, and personal items on loan from private and public collections. The visually dynamic exhibit reveals President Coolidge’s life-long interest in the subject.
Other Civil War-related programs at the Coolidge Site this season:
• July 6: Noted historian and author Howard Coffin speaks about life in Plymouth during the Civil War.
• August 9: David Book gives a first person performance entitled, “A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story.” Both Howard Coffin and David Book are sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau Program.
• September 20: Laura Trieschmann, Director of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, presents a program about the activities of the United States Colored Troops and how two of Plymouth’s own teachers were charged with leading these contraband soldiers.
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily May 24 – October 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information, contact the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 802-672-3773, or visit http://historicsites.vermont.gov.