2013 in review

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August Program

THE WALLINGFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

and

 THE WALLINGFORD CONSERVATION COMMISSION.

present

the First Annual Community Picnic

& End of Summer Gathering

Tuesday, August 27th

Town Public Beach at Elfin Lake

The beach will be open for picnicking from 5 to 7 at the town beach with time to explore the trails of Stone Meadow. Grills and tables available.

 Maps of trails will also be available.

THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM AT THE STONE COMMEMORATIVE ROCK.

There will be a brief history of how the town got the land from the Stones, information about the Conservation Commission on its 10th anniversary, and the presentation of a plaque in memory of Peter Upton, charter member of the Conservation Commission and avid environmentalist.

Refreshments               Open to the public            Bring your own chairs.

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July Program Event

The Wallingford Historical Society

presents

Railroads in Vermont

VT:  Brandon

VT: Brandon (Photo credit: GD Taber)

The history of Vermont’s railroads through pictures and video

Also Discussion regarding the relocation of railroad section house #14 in East Wallingford

All train and railroad enthusiasts are encouraged to attend!

Tuesday, July 30th at 7 p.m.

Wallingford Town Hall, 2nd Floor

~~~Air Conditioned and Handicap Accessible~~~

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Fred Carvin

IMG_1444The Wallingford Historical Society welcomed author Fred Carvin for its June meeting. Carvin is the author of the biography entitled Paul Harris and the Birth of Rotary. The meeting was appropriately held in the Rotary building where Harris spent significant time in his youth while living in Wallingford.

Carvin explained in detail the extensive research he conducted over a four-year period to write the book. His research allowed him to spend a significant amount of time here in Vermont, particularly in Wallingford and Fair Haven where Harris and his family lived. Carvin recollected several of Harris’ boyhood escapades that he uncovered while conducting his local research. He then traveled all over the country, wherever Harris spent signficant time, in an effort to research the Rotary founder’s life.

Carvin’s biography is really only the second biography written on Harris’ life. As he explained, while there are presently four books that recount Harris’ life, one was written by Harris, called the Road to Rotary and the two others, written by British authors recount much of the information in the Road to RotaryPaul Harris and the Birth of Rotary, the fourth book, is a well researched book evidenced by the time and effort Carvin expended in putting together his version as he explained in detail during the course of last night’s program. He was fortunate enough to be permitted access by the Wallingford Rotary to three versions of Harris’ handwritten drafts of The Road to Rotary book which he took months to transcribe in order to gain access to information that was omitted from Harris’ final version and shed light on Harris’ life and those that touched it.

For those of you, like me, that have never read about Paul Harris in detail, Carvin’s book seems to provide an entertaining and very well researched look into one of Wallingford’s famous residents.

A hearty thank you goes out to Fred Carvin and his wife, Judy for taking the time to share their wealth of information with the group and travel here to meet with us. For those of you who were not able to make the program, the book can be purchased online at http://www.paulharrisbook.com .

 

 

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June Event

  THE WALLINGFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS

AN EVENING WITH FRED A. CARVIN
AUTHOR OF
“PAUL HARRIS AND THE BIRTH OF ROTARY”

Please join the Wallingford Historical Society in welcoming Fred A. Carvin, a Glens Falls, New York rotarian who wrote about Wallingford’s Paul Harris and the beginnings of the Rotary International.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 7 pm
Where: Wallingford Rotary Club, Main Street, Wallingford

~This event is free and open to all~

 

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Genealogy Program

This evening, the Wallingford Historical Society sponsored a tutorial presentation on how to navigate Ancestry.com.

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The presenter, Tim Heffernan, is a high school sophomore and led the group through how to navigate Ancestry.com’s site and research one’s genealogy. The program was  informative for those who came out and well attended. There were questions entertained throughout the program and also a member of the audience volunteered to provide family information for a sample family tree during the program to allow the presenter to demonstrate how to navigate the site and access online records and data.

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May’s WHS Program

English: The Old Oak Tree.

English: The Old Oak Tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever wonder about your family tree — that famous uncle or how your family navigated one of history’s big events? Have you always wanted to dig into your lineage but it all seems so daunting to undertake? Join us for the Wallingford Historical Society’s May program on genealogy. Learn how to find out who you are and where you came from during this program.

MAY’S UPCOMING EVENT

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott

Learn how to navigate your past with the Wallingford Historical Society’s program

ANCESTRY.COM TUTORIAL SESSION

presented by
Tim Heffernan
Tuesday May 21, 2013
6 p.m.
Wallingford Historical Society Museum Town Hall (Second Floor)
Free to the Public

~Handicap Accessible~ 

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