The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site announces the May 24th opening of its new exhibit “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.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, 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.
The exhibit was designed by GVH Studios of Bennington, Vermont, and is funded through the generous support of the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation and a private donation.
New this year, a Civil War-based lecture series will be held at the Site, hosted by The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation:
• June 28: “Civil War Day at The Notch.” Visitors can step back in time and meet soldiers and civilians portrayed by the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors. Lynn Sawyer, who specializes in 19th-century clothing, will be a special guest.
• 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.” The Vermont Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau Program will generously be sponsoring both these dynamic speakers.
• 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. Be part of the conversation and like the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.
Contact: William W. Jenney, Regional Historic Site Administrator, 802-672-3773, William.Jenney@state.vt.us