Official Dedication Of Coolidge Museum

To Celebrate and Commemorate the Official Dedication of the President Calvin Coolidge Museum 7 Education Center on August 7, 2010, the Vermont Standard created a special supplement which is available to view and download by clicking on the links below.

50th Anniversary Symposium To Be Held at JFK Library
PLYMOUTH NOTCH – The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Symposium will be held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA on Oct. 7, 2010, under the theme “Discover Coolidge.” The symposium will feature prominent speakers, including former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis, nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, historian and author Amity Schlaes, and historian and media commentator Richard Norton Smith, among others.

Letters of Congratulations from Congress

What Abides in Plymouth Defies Firm Description

Four score and seven years ago, the father of Calvin Coolidge brought forth at Plymouth Notch one of American History’s most intriguing happenings when he saw his way clear to administer the Presidential Oath of Office to his son, and did so.


There’s A Spirituality To The Place That’s Unmistakable

Several summers back my wife Sue and I made a somewhat self-serving donation to finance the repair of the outdoor fireplace Midge built for her cabins’ guests. Bill Jenney hired a stonemason and on an August night, in the company of friends, we prepared to put the rebuilt structure to use.

Brief History Of The President Coolidge State Historic Site

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP), part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, was originally established by the Vermont Legislature in 1947 as the Historic Sites Commission. One of the primary charges to this Commission was that “special attention be given to the suitable development of President Coolidge’s birthplace.”

Coolidge Directed Money To School For The Deaf

PLYMOUTH – After 81 years, Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States, will be honored with the dedication of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Library on August 7. Coolidge, the son of a shopkeeper and a humble man, was a reluctant public figure whose only wish upon leaving office was to sit in his rocking chair on the porch of his Northampton home.


Chronology Of Nine Years Of Dedication, Determination

August 1, 2001: the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees approves a five-year strategic plan that includes the goal to study and develop a Calvin Coolidge Resource Center.
February 28, 2003: The Foundation identifies as its number one priority to strengthen the relationship with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

A Granddaughter Fondly Recalls John And Florence Coolidge
The Coolidge family may be described as a small, private, and inconspicuous unit. Most would not suspect we come from a presidential lineage, while those who are aware of our relation to Calvin and Grace Coolidge know that our family tends to keep this fact close to our chests as we go about our daily lives. While we are proud of our heritage, we were raised to discuss it with modesty and humility.

Recalling 20 Years Of Progress For Coolidge Foundation
To get a picture of the years at the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation before 1990, I would need a ,crystal ball, since I was not there, but I can accurately report on what was in place when I arrived at Plymouth Notch. For of course, I wanted to build on the strong programs of the early years of 1960-1989.

Judge Franklin Billings Recalls President Calvin Coolidge

On a recent warm July afternoon, retired judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. sat on the porch of his boyhood home in Woodstock. It was the same porch where Billings had been photographed in 1925 when he was 3 years old, sharing the stage with President Calvin Coolidge, a close friend of his father, Franklin S. Billings, Sr., then governor of Vermont.

Many Trustees Made A Difference In The Early Years Of The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation

I met Howard Coffin on June 6, 2010 in the cafeteria of the State Capitol Building in Montpelier, a favorite gathering place during those years of testifying for legislative appropriations. I wanted to know about some of the individuals who made a difference in the early years of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Howard was game.

Jenney ‘Lives And Breathes The Job’ Of Site Manager

Jenney would be the first person to tell you he didn’t know very much about Calvin Coolidge, the 30th United States president, prior to becoming site manager at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch in 1988. Since then, Jenney has become an authority on all things Coolidge absorbing facts about the former president and his family through both anecdote and serious research.

Vermont

From The Speech Of President Calvin Coolidge At Bennington, September 21, 1928

“Vermont is a state I love.

I could not look upon the peaks of Ascutney, Killington, Mansfield and Equinox Without being moved in a way that no other scene could move me.

It was here that I first saw the light of day; Here I received my bride; Here my dead lie, pillowed on the loving breast of our everlasting hills.

I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, Her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union and support of our institutions should languish, It could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people Of this brave little state of Vermont.”

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