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July 24, 2013

Plymouth Old Home Day Invites Newcomers and Historians to Explore Local History

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site welcomes visitors to Plymouth Old Home Day on Saturday, August 3. This festival includes traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides and country-style cooking. This year’s celebration also coincides with the 90th anniversary of Calvin Coolidge’s homestead inaugural. Old-time activities include:

• Reenactment of the 1923 homestead inaugural when Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as President, with actor Jim Cooke and Coolidge family members at 2:47 p.m.

• Wagon rides and sheep shearing with Fred DePaul

• Cheese making and wine tasting at the Plymouth Cheese Factory

• Fiddler Adam Boyce and the “WhatAreWeDoingThis Four” Barbershop Quartet

• Meet Judith Edwards, author of youth readers’ books about Vermont’s CCC camps, including Camp Calvin Coolidge

• Vermont artisans & special exhibits: Fiber Arts in Vermont features a reproduction of a Coolidge family wool blanket, Irene Ames features baskets in the Sweetser family tradition, Marianne Fassett demonstrates paper quilling, Black River Academy Museum exhibits chair caning, Stanley Brick and the Plymouth Historical Society illustrate gold panning.

• Children’s activities: “Clara’s Games” organized by the Vermont Historical Society, create pressed flower cards with Ellen Denton, and “Hands-on History” discoveries at the one-room schoolhouse organized by the Coolidge Foundation.

The town of Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. The Coolidge Museum & Education Center features the new permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge. This highly interactive exhibit recently received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State & Local History. Visitors can also tour the temporary exhibit, Rooting for the Home Team: Grace Coolidge and Our National Pastime, which features baseball memorabilia from the Roaring Twenties.

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily through October 20, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For further information, call 802-672-3773 or visit and “like” the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

Contact: William W. Jenney, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, 802-672-3773,

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: July 24, 2013 08:25:27
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