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Kathan Reunion and Cemetery Cleanup

on Aug 13th 2013

Cleaned up Kathan Cemetery, with much help from the cemetery commission and Daniel Hoviss, just before the Kathan family reunion last week. A successful two-day affair with presentations at PHS and the Putney Inn, as well as cemetery dedication and display of the 1700s John Kathan Bible on loan from Brooks Memorial. Headed to the Windham Historical Society’s Fair this Saturday in Newfane.

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PHS Annual Meeting: Aug. 25

on Aug 3rd 2013

The annual meeting will be held at 15 Kimball Hill (Next Stage) on Sunday, August 25 at 2 pm. There will be a dedication to Laura and George Heller, and celebratory program on a half century of work at the Historical Society following the business meeting. Members and public are encouraged to attend.

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Many Community Donations and Grants Help Putney Historical Society Successfully Complete Improvements at Next Stage/15 Kimball Hill

on Apr 8th 2013

Contact: Lyssa Papazian, PHS Board Member, Chair Development Committee–802) 387-2878, mobile (802) 579-3698,
The new bathrooms (including one ADA accessible) and rear fire exit at Next Stage/15 Kimball Hill are now complete. The Putney Historical Society is pleased to be able to say that the building is now in compliance with fire and life-safety code and is a major step closer to full compliance with ADA regulations. The first floor is now fully accessible and the second floor has a code-compliant rear fire exit. In addition, the two bathrooms and rear addition in poor condition have been rebuilt and the crawl space has a new vapor barrier. These improvements are critical to allowing events to continue at the emerging new Next Stage community and performance venue in Putney. With the tremendous support of over 85 local donors and five grants, Putney Historical Society (PHS) has been successful in its effort to raise over $25,000 to do the code construction work at the 1841 historic former United Church Of Putney – 15 Kimball Hill – which is now the home of PHS offices and Next Stage Arts project. The “Building Compliance & Emergency Project” was launched quietly in the summer with a local appeal to members and past donors as well as several grant applications. The project has been supported by the State of Vermont through a Cultural Facilities Grant from the Vermont Arts Council of $12,750. Other generous foundation grants include The Vermont Community Foundation through its Small and Inspiring Grant Program ($2000), the Walter Cerf Community Fund ($2500), the Riverledge Foundation ($2000) and the Crosby-Gannet Fund ($500). Over $6500 came from 88 local donors and the in-kind support of Farnum Cellulose and local carpenters Nick Keil and Abijah Reed.
PHS still hopes to raise money to build a $10,000 Emergency Reserve Fund to address repairs and other critical issues (roof leaks, paint/structure failure, or mechanical repairs) if they arise in the next few years. In fact we already had to repair roof leaks and replace an aging hot water heater in the last several months alone.
Since 2010, the Putney Historical Society has partnered with Next Stage Arts to develop 15 Kimball Hill – the former church building in the center of Putney Village – into a fully functioning performing arts and community center. Their overall goals for Next Stage/15 Kimball Hill are to help revitalize and sustain the slumped local village economy and keep an important landmark alive and serving the community. The historic building is in fair to good condition and stable but needs safety and ADA access improvements to continue being used while we build toward a larger capital campaign. We have a 5-year plan for a comprehensive rehabilitation/preservation of the building that addresses all the code and building needs identified in recent evaluations and feasibility plans which will require a longer fund-raising planning process. As reported in the Brattleboro Reformer recently. the larger project was just awarded a Village Center tax credit of over $125,000 towards code and façade improvements which will include an elevator and sprinkler system.
In the interim, PHS developed the 2-year “Building Compliance & Emergency” project which will keep the building in use to continue to develop the audience and fund-raising constituency for the larger rehabilitation. The 2-yr Building Compliance and Emergency fund has been approached through small grants and very low-key local appeals to continue operating and avoid potential local donor fatigue while a larger capital campaign is fully planned for the next steps along the path to a fully compliant and state of the art performance and gathering venue. Over the last 2-3 years both PHS and Next Stage (with the help of donations and grants) have managed to accomplish a considerable amount of improvements to the safety and operations of the building including electrical upgrade work, insulation of the walls and windows, code work to the furnace room and front stairs, installation of a fire alarm system and lighted egress signage, roof repair, as well as improvements to the stage, lighting and technical room.
Successful Fundraising
The success of the “Building Compliance Project”, our past accomplishments, and a recent vote of confidence by the Vermont Downtown Board in awarding the long term renovation project a substantial tax credit will be an enormous help in our effort to launch a larger capital campaign to achieve all our goals.

Building Compliance & Emergency Project Information:

Owner: Putney Historical Society
Architect: Greenberg Assocs.
General Contractor: Severance Building & Design plus individual work on the crawl space by Farnum Cellulose Insulators
Major Funding By:
-Over 85 Generous Individual Local Donors
-Vermont Arts Council – Cultural Facilities Program
-Vermont Community Foundation – Small & Inspiring Fund
-Vermont Community Foundation – Walter Cerf Fund
-Riverledge Foundation
-Crosby-Gannet Fund
-In-kind donations such as labor from volunteers and discounts from Farnum

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Reformer article on our need for a new proprietor

on Mar 23rd 2013

Dear friends,
We are working slowly toward a new proprietor for the General Store: considering a wide variety of related questions, weighing opportunities and challenges. Thanks to Paul Bruhn of the Preservation Trust for helping us sort through these issues. We are very sad for Ming to be going–he has been unbelievably classy, generous, forthcoming, and community-oriented. His service to the PHS and the town has been immense.

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Water Power from the Mill–Thursday, Aug. 30

on Aug 23rd 2012

Water Power From The Mill:
How The River Worked for Ben’s Mill in Vermont & Is Going Back to Work Again
A Presentation by the Putney Historical Society
Featuring the Film “Ben Thresher’s Mill” and a Presentation about old mills incl. the restoration of Ben’s Mill as told by Hiram Allen of the Ben’s Mill Trust, Barnet.
Suggested Donation $3.00
Thursday, August 30th
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vermont

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PHS Needs You On Board

on Jun 30th 2012

Announcing the
To support 15 KIMBALL HILL
(former United Church of Putney & new home of Next Stage)

This project is simple—it is about safety and access to a special place, without which we can’t keep the doors open.

Read the entire post: PHS Needs You On Board

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Putney Historical Society is Open!

on Jun 23rd 2012

The Historical Society will be open for the summer from 10am to 2pm on Tuesday and Saturday, beginning Tuesday June 26.
We are located at the old church building on 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney (we share the building with Next Stage Arts). We have many resources for the casual as well as the serious researcher, and we would love to see you there.

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Fresh Sound Foundation supports PHS and Next Stage

on Jan 11th 2012

We are thrilled to announce that the Fresh Sound Foundation has granted the Putney Historical Society and Next Stage Arts Project an additional, substantial grant of 25K. We have just finished a grant cycle of 10K from Fresh Sound, which paid for essential work to the stage, and electrical work. We are so grateful!

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PHS Annual Meeting Jan. 8!

on Jan 7th 2012

The Putney Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 8 at 1:30 pm at 15 Kimball Hill/Next Stage. In addition to the regular business meeting, we have a nice program lined up, with Civil War historian Charlie Marchant presenting a program on local Putney soldiers. He’s a fine speaker, and we feel sure those in attendance will be satisfied with both our program and the refreshments.

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PHS By-Laws

on Jan 7th 2012

Putney Historical Society, Inc.
Incorporated September 21, 1959
By-Laws (as amended August 14, 1994)

Article 1—Membership and dues
Sec. 1: Any person interested in the purpose of the Putney, Vt., Historical Society who applies for membership and tenders the necessary dues shall thereby become a member.
Sec. 2: Classifications of membership and amount of dues shall be decided by the Board of Directors.
Sec. 3: Dues are payable by August first, which shall be the beginning of our fiscal year. Present life memberships will be honored.
Article 2—Meetings
Sec. 1: The annual meeting of the Society shall be held in the month of August or later at the discretion of the board of directors.
Sec. 2: Other meetings may be called by the president or the board of directors.
Sec. 3: The board of directors shall meet whenever they feel it appropriate.
Article 3—Officers and Board of Directors
Sec. 1: The officers of this Society shall be a president, a vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer, who shall be elected for a term of one year; and from three to nine directors who shall be elected for three years. When appropriate, however, a term may be of one year, so that the terms of approximately one third of the directors will expire in each of the three ensuing years.
Sec. 2: The officers and directors shall constitute the board of directors.
Article 4—Election of Officers and Directors
Sec. 1: All officers and directors shall be elected at the annual meeting.
Sec. 2: A committee on nominations shall be appointed by the board of directors prior to the annual meeting, and shall submit to the annual meeting a slate of officers and directors for election. Additional nominations may be made from the floor, and shall be added to the slate of candidates upon affirmative vote of a majority of members present at the annual meeting.
Sec. 3: Officers and directors shall take office at the end of the annual meeting, and shall serve until their successors have been duly elected. In the event of resignation or incapacity of any officer or director, except the president, the vacancy may be filled for any unexpired term of office by a vote of the board of directors.
Article 5—Duties of Officers and Directors
Sec. 1: The president shall have executive supervision over the activities of the Society within the scope provided by these by-laws. The president shall preside at all meetings, report annually on the activities of the Society, appoint the chairpersons of committees with the approval of the board of directors.
Sec. 2: The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president in case of absence, incapacity, or resignation of the president.

Sec. 3: The secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings of the Society and of the board of directors, maintain a list of members, and render an annual report. The secretary shall also acknowledge all gifts to the collections of the Society.
Sec. 4: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the safekeeping of the funds of the Society and for maintaining adequate financial records. The Treasurer shall deposit all monies received with a reliable banking company in the name of the Putney Historical Society, Inc.; shall pay bills as authorized by the board of directors; shall collect dues and render an annual report.
Sec. 5: The board of directors shall have the power to conduct all affairs of the Society. It shall decide questions of policy that for any reason cannot be acted upon at a meeting of the Society, and perform such other functions as designated in the by-laws or otherwise assigned to it. The board of directors shall have the power to authorize the treasurer to pay bills. At any meeting of the board of directors, five members shall constitute a quorum. The board of directors will elect its own chairman, and through the chairman, shall render an annual report at each annual meeting.
Article 5—Committees
Sec. 1: The Society may have the following Committees:
Library Committee: responsible for receiving, collecting, cataloguing, the care, arrangement, and repair of books, manuscripts, newspapers and other historical source material.
Museum Committee: responsible for receiving, collecting, cataloguing, cleaning, repair and storage of historic objects; for arranging museum exhibits, and the correct historic interpretation of those exhibits; for the care and upkeep of museum quarters.
Publications and Publicity Committee: responsible for finding ways and means of publishing joint or individual research studies; for a newsletter to members; for publicity; for staging radio and television programs.
Historic Sites Committee: responsible for establishing the historical validity of sites proposed for marking; for marking historical sites; for arranging historical tours.
Program Committee: responsible for arranging suitable programs; for setting time, place and date of meetings.
Membership Committee: responsible for membership drives.
Ways and Means Committee: responsible for plans to raise sums of money, in addition to membership dues, for the support of the Society.
Sec. 2: Chairmen of these committees may choose members of their respective committees.
Sec. 3: Special committees may be appointed by the president as needed.
Article 6—Amendment
This constitution may be amended at any regular or adjourned meeting of the Society by a two-thirds vote of those voting, provided written notice, together with a copy of the proposed amendment or amendments, has been given to all members at least twenty days before the date of the meeting. Or they may be amended at a special meeting called for that purpose, with such notice and a two-thirds vote. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the board of directors.
Article 7—Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of the Society except in such cases as are governed by the constitution or by-laws.

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