Boy With The Boot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Please join the Wallingford Historical Society for its annual meeting on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Wallingford Rotary Building.
If you have a passion for history or simply a desire to learn more about the town that you live in, this is your opportunity to come and get involved! Learn how you can help the historical society and learn a whole lot in the process.
THE WALLINGFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE WALLINGFORD CONSERVATION COMMISSION.
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.
The 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 Rotary. Paul 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 .
THE WALLINGFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
AN EVENING WITH FRED A. CARVIN
“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~
This evening, the Wallingford Historical Society sponsored a tutorial presentation on how to navigate Ancestry.com.
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.
Filed under Events, Photos
Look for these upcoming events presented by the Wallingford Historical Society during May and June.
Ancestry (Photo credit: John-Pa)
May 21, 2013 – 6 p.m. – Learn How to Navigate Ancestry.com – Tim Heffernan @ Wallingford Town Hall.
Wallingford, Vermont (Photo credit: Dougtone)
June 25, 2013 – Paul Harris and the Birth of Rotary – Fred A. Carvin @ Wallingford Rotary Club
These events are free and open to all.