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Grant helps with structural analysis of Pierce’s Hall

on Apr 22nd 2009

from the East Putney Community Club

Thanks to a $1,650 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Putney Historical Society and East Putney Community Club will have the assistance of architect Jeremy Coleman and structural engineer Robert Leet in the renovation of Pierce’s Hall in East Putney. Read the entire post: Grant helps with structural analysis of Pierce’s Hall

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Governor presents VCDP check to PHS

on Mar 21st 2009

On March 20, 2009, Governor Jim Douglas came to present PHS and the Town of Putney with a check for over 200K from the Vermont Community Development program, for the stabilization of the Putney General Store.  The event was well attended, and numerous media reps were there as well.  Our thanks go to so many who helped us manage this accomplishment.

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Governor to honor PHS with above $200K for general store

on Mar 18th 2009

On Friday, March 20, Governor Douglas is expected to present the Putney Historical Society with a grant of about $200,000 from the Vermont Community Development Program to pay for the stabilization of the general store building.  The project, budgeted for $225K, will restore the structure, pay for the truss roof and slate shingles, in addition to many of the soft costs involved in assessment, appraisal, management, and contracting.

Needless to say, we are thrilled and honored by the state’s generosity, and we are convinced that a revitalized general store will help to draw people into the heart of our community.  We will now be able to own the building, create a much-needed home for PHS, and lease to a store operator.  Our thanks go out to all in the community who have helped us on our way.

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Trusses are Up!

on Feb 2nd 2009

The second truss is lowered onto the roof.

The second truss is lowered onto the roof.

People of Putney, congratulations!  The frame is up, and soon a roof on the General Store.  Thanks to all of you for your support!

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New General Store Proprietor RFP Released

on Jan 25th 2009

If you have any serious interest in running the new Putney General Store, take a look at the new request for proposals posted at www.putneygeneralstore.org.  Spread the word!  We would like initial proposals by February 10.

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PHS receives Thwing Mill in 2002

on Jul 31st 2008

In 2002 the Historical Society received the Thwing Mill as a gift from Greg Wilson. Last operated by Charlie and Mary Thwing for 58 years, the mill closed shortly before Charlie’s death in 1946.

We continue to hold great hope for the mill’s potential to enhance our mission of education, preservation, and fostering respect for the town’s history. Now that the gift has been accepted, we remain in the second phase of project development–engaging prospective supporters in preparing a plan for use that can be phased in as funds allow.

If you are interested in participating with the further development of a plan or simply supporting the project, please contact Lyssa Papazian.

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The New Putney History Book, Published in 2003

on Jul 31st 2008

As a special event to celebrate Putney’s 250th charter anniversary, the Putney Historical Society Board decided to update the town history, first prepared in 1953 by the Fortnightly Club. Planning for town wide participation began in 1999. Interviewing was conducted for two years. Well over 200 people contributed by interviewing, being interviewed, taking notes, donating photos, writing, editing, and reviewing many versions of the manuscript. Read the entire post: The New Putney History Book, Published in 2003

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Reliefs of Historic Putney Houses Restored at PCS

on Jul 28th 2008

In 2002, through a grant from the Strolling of the Heifers Foundation, a project coordinated by the Putney Historical Society combined efforts of Putney Central students and teachers, Putney farmers and residents, and Putney artists.  PHS volunteers walked students to various sites  around town. Read the entire post: Reliefs of Historic Putney Houses Restored at PCS

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Town Hall Entry Newly Painted

on Jul 28th 2008

The Putney Town Hall was constructed in 1871 as a proud example of Victorian architecture in post-Civil War Putney.  Sporting many attractive architectural features in the entry, it provided a locus for innumerable town events including dances, plays, dinners, veterans’ gatherings, and the annual town meeting.  Sometime before 1950, the beautiful foyer received a light blue coat of paint, over a previous, dark green coat.  No attempt was made to highlight architectural features of the building at that time; the trim and the walls were given the same thick coat of semi-gloss. Read the entire post: Town Hall Entry Newly Painted

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Veteran’s Photo Album

on Jul 27th 2008

This album is currently on display in the entry of the Putney Town Hall.  At the time of the dedication of the Putney Veteran’s Memorial in 2003,Laurel Ellis and Marilyn Loomis collected as many pictures as possible of men and women whose names are carved on the memorial. It was not possible to get pictures of all.

In 2006 Thera and Bob Hindmarsh proposed assembling these into an album and to add pictures of other men and women of Putney who have served in the military. Thera brought this idea to the Putney Fortnightly Club who agreed to take this on as a project

Laurel Ellis gave us the use of the cd that had most of the images on there.  Darrel Daley enhanced as best as possible some of the older pictures and had copies made.

This album is not complete.  The Putney Fortnightly Club and the Putney Historical Society have lots of space in this album for pictures of residents of Putney who have served in the military.  One does not have to have been born here.  If you have a picture please contact Marion Daley 387-5822, or:

Marion Daley
Putney Fortnightly Club
PO Box 445
Putney Vermont 05346

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