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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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Rutland Historical Society
- Rutland Historical Society
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New York Giants vs. Rutland All-Stars - 1916. Dick Leyden, Vermont baseball historian, discusses the baseball game at the Rutland Fairgrounds on 22 October 1916. This game was played during the "deadball era" when pitchers were able to "doctor" the ball in many ways and only one ball was used for the whole game. Thus home runs were few and far between. Dick's presentation provides a wealth of information on the participants and background on baseball in this era. The Rutland...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, New York Giants vs. Rutland All-Stars - 1916,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Michael Dwyer in a program exploring the information that can be gleaned from a photo of the late 19th or the early 20th Century. Photos, both posed and unposed, can offer great amounts of information about ordinary life at the turn of the 19th to the 20th Century if one knows how to go about. This program helps to fill this gap in our knowledge.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Gleaning Knowledge from Old Photos, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Susan Schreibman of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission is the guest for this episode. Susan briefly relates the history of the development of this pathway from Giorgetti Park to the College of St. Joseph. She also reports on the rapid progress of the project to the engineering of the first two segments of the path. Jim Davidson of the Society and host for the episode shares images of 16 identified historical sites along the pathway which provide a wonderful glimpse of Rutland's economic,...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Creek Path, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts this program that features Dorothy Whitford, Society Research Committee Chairperson, in an interesting conversation about how Dorothy got involved in genealogical research. Dot tells a number of research stories both humorous and intriguing.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Genealogical Research, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts a video program developed and narrated by Angela Hinchey of the Society on the art and life of the Sioux Indians of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century. The Society's Ella Bean Livingston Collection of Native American materials provided most of the elements for this program. Angela has been working on an educational kit on the Livingston Collection for loan to the schools and this video will be one...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Ella Bean Livingston, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson interviews Roger Bailey, coordinator of Vermont History Expo 2004's co-operative Mining and Quarrying Exhibit. Over 20 local societies have agreed to focus their exhibits this year on the extractive industry in their town or city. This aspect of Vermont's history as a mining state certainly challenges the stereotypical view of Vermont. The program also includes a five minute video clip from the 2003 Vermont History Expo and a brief overview of other events to be seen at the 2004...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Miners, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Chuck Piotrowski presents "Treasures of the Society: Part 2" which continues his program from the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society. Part 2 focuses on the papers, books and photos of the collections. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Treasures of the Rutland Historical Society...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Chuck Piotrowski is the guest presenter of a program on the history of electricity in Rutland called "Electric Rutland". The program includes some of the technical progress in generating and distributing electricity, the issue of mergers and advertising and creating a public awareness of electricity.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Electric Rutland, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Paula Baker, Director of the Rutland Free Library and Jake Sherman Library historian, on the occasion of the library's 120th birthday. The program blends an historical overview of the library with how libraries are rapidly changing in the technological age.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Libraries in the Technology Age, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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“Website: Rutlandhistory.com”.  Doreen McCullough, Society Webmaster, is the guest on this episode.  She focuses on the history and developmental structure of the Society’s website.  Opened in February 2005, the site has rapidly grown in content.  Significant accomplishments are noted as is the global reach of the site.  In the second part of the program host Jim Davidson takes the viewer to various files and demonstrates how to search in them.
Topic: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, “Website: Rutlandhistory.com”, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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“Loyalty Day Parade 2017”. Jim Davidson of the Rutland Historical Society hosts Ron Fairbanks, Parade Director, and Gerry Garrow, Parade Committee, in a conversation about the 2017 Loyalty Day Parade. The program includes highlights from past parades and information about the joint presentation of the Vermont Farmers Food Center and the the Rutland Historical Society. The presentation honors Vermont farmers as home front heroes.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, “Loyalty Day Parade 2017, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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The year 2009 is the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Rutland Historical Society. It seemed timely to look at where the Society has been and where it might be going in the future. Curator Jim Davidson has been a member since the beginning of the Society and shares his reflections on the history of the Society and its tomorrow.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, 40th Anniversary of the Rutland Historical...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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"Rutland Women in History - 2016" - Carolynn Ranftle, Vice President of the Rutland Historical Society, presents a PowerPoint program about a number of Rutland women whose stories bring to light the lesser known individuals of local history. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, " Rutland Women in History - 2016 ",...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Dylan Duncan, one of the producers of Ghosts of Vermont, a video production which focuses on four Vermont ghost tales. The program includes the Whipple Hollow ghost story of Frank Kurant. Jim Davidson provides a short historical segment on the history of Whipple Hollow. The program discusses the genesis of the idea for the production and some of the difficulties that had to be overcome.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Ghosts in Vermont, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Chuck Piotrowski presents "The Pico Raceway, 1951-1952" which is a visual story of a short-lived stock car race track in Rutland, Vermont, that on occasion drew over 4,000 people at an event. Although a product of Rutland's recent history, there is still much to be learned about the Pico Raceway from those with memories of the track. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Pico Raceway, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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“Rutland Fair Photos” – Host Jim Davidson of the Rutland Historical Society delves into the Image Gallery of the Society website in this latest episode of Rutland Fair photos.  In part one there are photos from the 1900-1920 era.  In part two Frank Hinchey’s Rutland Fair images are from the 1920 – 1939 era.   Jim indicates that there are many more images in the Image Gallery of the Society website.  Other information on the Rutland Fair can be found in the text and video sections...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, “Rutland Fair Photos”, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson narrates a video that was created from a single glass plate panorama of Rutland that was taken from the tower of the Congregational Church in 1890. The first half of the program prepares the viewer for the tour by a study of the 1890 maps of the Rutland stores and businesses. Hosted by Tom Carpenter.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Glass Plates 1890 Maps of Rutland, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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James Cassarino, leader of the First Republic Brass discusses the history of the organization. The program includes a number of video clips from First Republic Brass concerts. There is a discussion of Rutland's musical history and some pictures and commentary on the Society's summer dance program.
Topics: Historically Speaking, Rutland Historical Society, First Republic Brass, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Michael F. Dwyer hosts a program entitled 'Young Eyes Look At Long Ago Proctor'. Michael interviews his guests, Proctor Elementary School teacher Maureen Dobart and her students, now in the 3 rd grade, about their local history projects from last year. Students include Christopher Clain, Noelle Flanders, Jazmin Goetz and Cody Landon, who present their actual models and stories about Proctor one hundred years ago.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Young Eyes Look At Long Ago Proctor, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Larry Kelley, Family Researcher, in a discussion about the Kelley Family that in the early 19 th Century settled on and owned most of what is today the Creek Road. For years the road from the Dorr Bridge south to the Town Line was called Kelley Road because the land was donated for the road by the Kelley Family. The long gone Park Street covered bridge was also originally called the Kelley Bridge. Larry offers many stories of the area that have been found in his research of...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Larry Kelley Family Researcher, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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"The Health of the City" continues with a second program that focuses on the impact of the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 on the City of Rutland. In October of 1918, perhaps the single most deadly month in America's history, there were over 700 cases of influenza in Rutland. This program highlights the stories of families who were impacted by this health crisis.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Influenza Epidemic of 1918 Rutland City,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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The Rutland 1884-Map. Clifford Giffin, Jim Davidson, and Chuck Piotrowski were members of a team that put together the scanned CD version of an 1884 Map of Rutland that is approximately five feet by five feet. The program illustrates some of the equipment used and the steps taken to bring this fascinating map to a CD. Some samples of the CD are shown.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Rutland 1884 Map, Rutland, Vermont
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Lincoln Iron Works. Jack Crowther presents this program on the history of the development and demise of the Lincoln Iron Works. This industrial complex was one of three major heavy industries in the heart of Rutland City. Established in 1868, it operated until the 1960s. Numerous businesses occupied the buildings until 2012 when the Vermont Farmers Food Center purchased the complex for a winter farmers market. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Lincoln Iron Works", Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Tim Grover, Associate Professor of Geology at Castleton State College. Professor Grover describes the geologic history of the Rutland County area from 500 million years ago to a more recent time of two million years. He explains what happened during these early geologic times and the causes of the changes that took place. His presentation includes a discussion of the formation of the many minerals under the surface of the earth in Vermont. The mining potential in Vermont is...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Geologic History of Rutland Vermont, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Dorothy Whitford hosts Jim Davidson in a discussion of the history of the Rutland Courts and their court records. Jim and Dorothy have been involved in the organization of the recently acquired Rutland Munipal Court Records and have a number of stories to share from their perusal of these records. The program includes pictures of the various Rutland court buildings.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, History of the Rutland Courts, Rutland, Vermont
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"Family & History".  Michael Messier, the guest on this episode, has spent the last few years exploring his own family genealogy on a global scale. What has developed is a new understanding of the French settlement in New France and its background in Europe. This early French history has had more impact on Vermont than many historians have acknowledged. Michael and his family are in the midst of this massive web of history. This exploration French history in America leads into...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Family and History", Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Monty Butterfield of the Rutland Railway Association and Linda Doty, Chairperson of the Proctor Fall Festival in a presentation on Rutland Railroad Day 2005 and the Proctor Fall Festival which were held on 24 September 2005. The program discusses briefly the history of the Rutland Railway Association and the Proctor 'Our Yard' project. Details of the events of the day are thoroughly discussed. The day included a train trip from Center Rutland to Proctor and back to Center...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Railroad Day, Proctor Fall Festival,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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"Civil War Exhibit". Robert Ranftle of the Rutland Historical Society Exhibit Committee reviews the Civil War Exhibit currently on display at the Society. Bob is also editor of the last two issues of the Societyâs Quarterly magazine which are devoted to Rutland and the Civil War. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Civil War Exhibit, Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson of the Society prepared a sampling from eight of the Society first 22 programs to represent the variety of topics and types of programs offered during the first two years of the Society's "Historically Speaking" series. This program is a celebration of the Second Anniversary of "Historically Speaking".
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Sampling of Historically Speaking, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Patricia Wiley, Museum Educator and Coordinator of the Annual Meeting of the League of Local Historical Societies, was the guest of "Historically Speaking" in April. The program discusses the program of the League meeting on 5 May 2001 that was held in Rutland and hosted by the Rutland Historical Society. Jim Davidson of the Society and local arrangements coordinator was host. The program highlighted the various offerings of the program that was held at the Grace Congregational United...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, League of Local Historical Societies, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Kevin Graffagnino, new director of the Vermont Historical Society. The interview ranges from Mr. Graffagnino's views of history to his views on the future of history in Vermont. The interview also discusses the upcoming Vermont History Expo of 2003.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Vermont History Expo of 2003, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts a program on the Physical Activity Coalition of the Rutland County Area. A far ranging discussion between his guest, Dr. Ben Thompson, a leader in the local Physical Activity Coalition, and host Jim Davidson of the Society, traces the history of the Physical Activity Coalition and the involvement of the Society in the Coalition.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Physical Activity Coalition, Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Chuck Piotrowski presents some pieces from the collections of the Society that illustrate the wide range of material that the Society holds. These materials range from the 1880s until today and include many eras of Rutland baseball from paid professional and semiprofessional leagues to organizational and industrial leagues to high school and American Legion baseball. Rutland's rich baseball history begs development of a more complete history. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Baseball History, Rutland, Vermont
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Chuck Piotrowski presents"The Treasures of the Society: Part 1" which offers excerpts and comments from his program at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society. Part 1 focuses mostly on the artifacts in the Society's collections. Chuck makes the point that the term "treasures" is not to be taken in a monetary sense but for the valuable insight they offer about Rutland's history. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Treasures of the Rutland Historical Society,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Chuck Piotrowski who presents a power point program entitled "Turning Your Junk Into the Stuff of History". This is Part One of a two part offering.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Turning Junk Into Stuff of History, Rutland,...
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Tom Carpenter presents an illustrated program on Banks, Banking and Money that is a video adaptation of a program that he presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Society. The program provides a copiously illustrated discussion of early Vermont coinage and paper money. It also traces the history of Rutland banks, including photos of most of them. Hosted by Jim Davidson
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Banks, Banking and Money, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Michael Seward, local antique appraiser, and Dorothy Whitford, who loaned a number of pre-WWII toys to the Society, in a program devoted to a discussion of some samples from the December-January exhibit at the Society entitled "Traces of Holidays Past". Michael provides an in-depth historical view of the objects selected while Dorothy adds a number of personal notes regarding the toys.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Traces of Holidays Past, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Michael Dwyer in a program on the Irish immigration to Rutland. This program is the fourth in a series on Rutland immigrant groups and the challenge to find their ancestors. Name variations can cause serious problems for the novice family history searcher. Another problem is the all too common use of the same names in multiple generations. Michael brings a great deal of light to the problems of Irish immigrant searches. Many Irish in Rutland came through Canada. Sources for...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Irish Immigration to Rutland, Rutland, Vermont
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“The Rutland Winter Carnival, 1951 – 1960”. Jim Davidson presents a brief history of the Winter Carnival. Although the winter carnival lasted only ten years, it was a February weekend highlight of the winter tourist season. The selection of a Carnival Queen and her court was a community social event. Community support was great but the weather didn’t always cooperate. There is a brief discussion of why the carnival was dropped. Tom Carpenter hosts the program and joins Jim in a sharing...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Winter Carnival", Rutland, Vermont
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- Rutland Historical Society
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"Two Early Rutland Films". Jim Davidson and Chuck Piotrowski co-host the showing of a 1914 movie film of events at the Rutland Carnival in downtown Rutland and at the 1914 Rutland Fair. This 10-minute film is the oldest Rutland film in the Society's collections. The second film is a 9-minute 1919 film taken at the Rutland Fairgrounds on the occasion of an honor day for the Rutland County veterans of World War I. The films are silent films with brief textual commentaries.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Two Old Rutland Films, Rutland, Vermont
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“Images at Rutland Historical Society Website”.  In this  program, Jim Davidson and Doreen McCullough (Webmaster) provide a tour of the “Images” section on our web page.  The  focal point centers on the variety of image collections, and historical maps found on the website.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Images at Rutland Historical Society Website,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts Gainor Davis, Director of the Vermont Historical Society, in a discussion of the Vermont Historical Society's new center in Barre in the old Spaulding Graded School. The program also discusses the 2002 Vermont History Expo at Tunbridge, Vermont, on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 June.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Vermont Historical Society's New Center,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Rutland Civil War Recap - Robert Ranftle of theRutland Historical Society presents an overview of local Rutland life during and shortly after the Civil War. This is an adaptation of his presentation to the Rutland Historical Society at its annual business meeting in October 2015. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Rutland Civil War Recap", Rutland,...
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- Rutland Historical Society
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Jim Davidson hosts this program that features photos from the photo album of David H. Sawyer of Rutland who took most the photos around 1898. The photos show buildings and streetscapes of 100 years ago in Rutland. Clothing and everyday and seasonal activities are also illustrated. Jim provides a narration of identification where possible and a narrative commentary on life of that time.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Photo Album of Rutland 1898, Rutland, Vermont
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Tom Carpenter hosts this program in which Jim Davidson offers a brief history of the big bands that are to provide the music for this summer's big band dance program offered by the Society in cooperation with the Rutland Recreation Department. The program includes pictures of the bands and their leaders as well as short samples of their music. This summer the music of these 18 bands will be available for dancing and listening on Saturday nights at the Godnick Center.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Big Band Music, Rutland, Vermont
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Deborah Clifford, an independent scholar who has done a great deal of research on Julia Dorr's life and work, shares an illustrated overview of Julia's life. Deborah as been active with the Vermont Women's History movement and Julia Dorr has been a great example of a 19th Century Rutland woman who let her talents shine in Rutland and throughout the American literary scene. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Dorr Women, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Dave Knipes, local circus and carnival historian, in a program on the Rutland Fair from the 1930s to the 1960s. The program centers on the "World of Mirth Shows" at the Rutland Fair and includes numerous photos of miniatures of the complete "World of Mirth Shows" as they appeared at the Rutland Fair. These miniatures are the work of Dave Knipes.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Fair 1930s - 1960s, Rutland, Vermont
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"Presidential Visits".  Mary Fregosi  of the Proctor Historical Society talks with host, Jim Davidson, about her recent Quarterly entitled "Three Presidential Visits To Proctor and Rutland in 1891-1902."The program includes some images and stories not found in the publication.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Presidential Visits", Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts a program with Marissa Johnson, a senior history major from Castleton State College, as his guest. Marissa volunteered at the Society during the Spring Term to gain some hands-on experience in a local historical society. The Society provided experiences with archives, library materials, artifacts, exhibits, publications and hosting. Marissa shares her experiences that are illustrated by a series of still photos. The program provides an interesting overview of the multitude of...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Volunteering at the Society, Rutland, Vermont
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"Civil War Medical Care." Bob Ranftle of the Rutland Historical Society presents a brief overview of medical care in Vermont prior to the Civil War. During the Civil War problems in medical care led to major changes, many of which were led by Dr. Jonathan Letterman. Some Rutland doctors serving in the Civil War were also leaders in the changes. The Civil War became a turning point in the history of American medicine.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Civil War Medical Care", Rutland,...
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Tom Carpenter hosts Jim Davidson in a program regarding the purported horse race from Galveston, Texas, to Rutland, Vermont, in the fall of 1886. Frank Hopkins claims to have won this race but there was absolutely not one piece of evidence that the race ever happened. But the hoax didn't stop there. Frank claimed to have been hired by Buffalo Bill for his wild west show which also seems to be totally untrue. (See News From Nickwackett, Vol. 10 No.1 p. 3 for a brief summary of this hoax.)
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Horse Race to Rutland, Rutland, Vermont
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Tom Carpenter hosts Jim Davidson of the Society in a program on "The Black Presence in Rutland". Jim discusses the role of blacks in early Rutland and emphasizes the number who lived in Rutland before the Civil War. He also notes that most were born in Vermont. He makes particular note of the Reverend Lemuel Haynes and the Freeman family, including Martin Freeman. The large contingent of black men from Rutland who joined the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (Colored) in the Civil War is...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Black Presence in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont
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The Cemeteries of the Old Town of Rutland. Chris Book and Tom Giffin, Rutland City Cemetery Commissioners, are guests for this program. The program includes images of most of the cemeteries, old and new, of the old Town of Rutland. The program also discusses some of the issues and problems in the proper preservation of cemeteries. The programs for the preservation and care of the graves of military veterans are also discussed. Jim Davidson hosted the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Cemeteries, Rutland, Vermont
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Sam Gorruso, Master of Ceremonies for the Loyalty Day Parade and Jim Davidson, program host and a member of the History Days Committee discuss the Living History encampments of Saturday 5 May, 2007 and the Loyalty Day Parade of Sunday 6 May 2007. Sam Gorruso talks about the history of the Loyalty Day Parade, now in it's 44th Year. Jim Davidson concludes the program with a mystery object to be identified in the next episode.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Loyalty Day Parade and Living History, Rutland,...
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Michael F. Dwyer interviews Cynthia Bittinger, Executive Director of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Although the political background of Calvin Coolidge was in Massachusetts, the values developed in his youth in Plymouth, Vermont, always influenced his life. The interview highlights some of the myths of Coolidge's life. He was not so silent as his speeches attest. He also had a good sense of humor. Ms. Bittinger also talks about Grace Goodhue Coolidge, Calvin's wife and Vermont's only...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Calvin & Grace Coolidge, Rutland, Vermont
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"Did You Know That...?" This program describes the Society's national and global identity. It also comments on the So­ciety's publications program and its free website, all of which has been accomplished by volunteers. Tom Carpenter talks about some of the financial help that these volunteers need. The program is co-hosted by Curator Jim Davidson and Treasurer Tom Carpenter.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Did You Know That”, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Tom Giffin, President of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, in a program on "The Restoration of Old Cemeteries". Tom is joined by Chris Book, Chairman of the new Cemetery Committee of the Rutland Historical Society. Both guests are commissioners of the Rutland City Cemetery Commission.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Restoration of Old Cemeteries, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Michael F. Dwyer, President of the Rutland Historical Society, in a program entitled "Multi-Ethnic Rutland". By focusing on the 1910 Census and its ethnic information, the program demonstrates that Rutland has had a rather large and diverse number of ethnic groups. The first individual considered is Eliza Johnson, wife of Charles Johnson, a barber, who was part of the Rutland black community. His program also discusses George Haddad who was born in the Lebanon...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Multi-Ethnic Rutland, Rutland, Vermont
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"Vermont's Forgotten President: Chester Alan Arthur". One hundred years after his death, Vermonth's first president deserves a new appraisal of his life and times. Mary Fregosi interview Michael Dwyer on the subject of the 21st president.
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History of the Rutland Free Library. Jake Sherman provides an overview of the history of libraries in Rutland culminating in the history of the Rutland Free Library. Jim Davidson who hosts the program, shares some insight into life in the library in 1920 as gained from a group of five letters from a former employee.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Free Library, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson, Society Curator, reviews a wide range of resources available to understand Rutland's history in the era 1850 - 1890. He also makes some suggestions on how to work through the maze of material in a most effective manner.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Resources for Rutland History: 1850 - 1890,...
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Tom Carpenter hosts Michael F. Dwyer in a program discussing health in Rutland one hundred years ago in 1903. The program covers the prevalent diseases and illnesses of the day and the treatments of that period. Death accompanied many conditions that would be considered minor today. Public health was just beginning to be overseen by a public health officer. Much of the material for the program came from the city records for deaths in Rutland in 1903 and the city report of the public health...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Health in Rutland 1903, Rutland, Vermont
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Tom Carpenter hosts Dennis Charles, Civil War presenter, in a program in which Dennis models and describes the clothing, shoes and equipment used by the Civil War soldier. The program notes the changes and variations in these items throughout the Civil War.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Civil War Uniforms and Clothing, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts a program about Rutland's early aviation history with Robert Laird, author of Wings Over Vermont, as his guest. The program discusses some of Rutland's early aviators and airfields and the risks of early airflight. Bob shares some of his youthful memories of association with some of these early flyers.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Early Aviation History, Rutland, Vermont
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"Who is Frank Eugair?" is presented by Michael F. Dwyer. This is another genealogical mystery story in the manner of his recent presentation of "Who is Julia?" This story deals with a man, a different ethnic group, and some issues different from "Who is Julia?" The story is filled with all the challenges of a good mystery.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Who is Frank Eugair?", Rutland,...
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Jim Davidson hosts a conversation about history in Vermont with Gainor Davis, Director of the Vermont Historical Society. The conversation ranges from the nature of history to its proper role in the schools. The importance of state and local history and the societies that preserve, interpret and disseminate that history is discussed
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Importance of State and Local History, Rutland,...
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This program features videotape excerpts from a program on Revolutionary War musicians that was presented at the Rutland Historical Society by George Behnke and two young reenactors. The program explains the uniforms and equipment worn and the use of music for signalling troop actions. A number of musical selections by fifes and drum are presented. On location camera work was by Tom Donahue.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Revolutionary War Musicians, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts a program on "Rutland's Spring Heritage Activities". Representatives from the Downtown Partnership, the Sons of Union Veterans and the Loyalty Day Parade briefly cover the "All Aboard, Rutland" railroad project, the History Days living history activities and the Loyalty Day Parade.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland's Spring Heritage, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts a program entitled "West Rutland in the 1920's As Seen Through the Camera Lens of Frank Hinchey". The program is filled with individual and group photos of West Rutland in the 1920's. All the photos are from the family archives of Frank Hinchey who was involved in West Rutland education for over 40 years as teacher, coach and administrator. Few people know that Frank took hundreds of photos of what went on around him. Fortunately, many of his negatives survive. His...
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"Rutland's Greatest Fire: The Bates House Fire 1906" On 18 February 1906 this fire consumed all the buildings on the northeast corner of Merchants Row and Center Street and halfway up the north side of Center Street. Although there were no deaths in the fire, the amount of destruction has not been rivaled in Rutland's history. Chuck Piotrowski narrates a pictorial tour of the fire and its results.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Bates House Fire 1906, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson presents a program on the tour of the Mediterranean and the Near East taken by Egbert C. Tuttle and Dr. John A. Mead, both of Rutland, in the spring of 1903. The program features selected items from E. C. Tuttle's three scrapbooks of the tour. The two-month trip included stops at the Madeira Islands, Gibraltar and Spain, Algiers, Malta, Athens, Constantinople, Smyrna, Beirut, Palestine and the Holy Land, Egypt, Naples, Rome, Monte Carlo, and Nice and Paris, France.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, 1903 Mediterranean Tour, Rutland, Vermont
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Dot Whitford hosts Carole Curry in a fascinating program on "The Restoration of Antique Wedding Gowns" and the reuse of other antique fabrics. Mrs. Curry is a professional restorer of antique clothing and offers numerous ideas on the reuse of pieces of antique fabric. Young and old, men and women, will be delighted with the great ideas shared by Mrs. Curry.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Antique Wedding Gowns/Fabrics, Rutland, Vermont
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Bill Reardon, a long-time employee of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and host Jim Davidson discuss Rutland's Halloween Parade. A chronology of the Parade's nearly 50 year history, created by Betty Mumford, aids the discussion. Bill shares his many memories of the participants, the weather, changes in the parade and problems during its history.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, History of the Rutland Halloween Parade,...
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Tess Taylor, Manager of the Vermont History Expo 2007, and Helen Davidson, Chairperson of the Rutland Historical Society Exhibit Committee, discuss the 8th Annual Vermont History Expo 2007, which is to be held on 23 and 24 June 2007 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Tess Taylor gives a pictorial overview of the activities and exhibits that were seen at the 2006 Expo. Helen Davidson describes the local Society exhibit, which, in keeping with this year's transportation theme, is the Rutland Railroad....
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, 8th Annual Vermont History Expo 2007, Rutland,...
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Morris Tucker narrates a series of still photos that sample the items and activities that can be found at the Farm Museum at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland. Hosted by Dorothy Whitford.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Farm Museum at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont