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Thanks for your support!2021 Membership Letter
Dear Friend of Montgomery,
There was a difficult moment during one of the MHS regular board meetings last summer. We meet at Pratt Hall during warmer weather. It is a great place to be on a late afternoon, the windows illuminated in a special way by the lingering light. The conversation had turned to our winter holiday programs. Canceling the farmers market had been tough. As we contemplated the necessity of doing the same for our Christmas festivities faces grew long, noticeable even beneath the masks. We miss hosting these events. And we miss seeing all of you. We hope you are staying safe.
The pandemic has placed so much on hold and altered so many activities. But it has not kept us from maintaining our historic building or continuing with other MHS responsibilities. And in that sense 2020 was a good year.
It is hard to pass through the village and not appreciate how good the old church looks. She was painted from top to bottom for the first time since 2006. The Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV) provided a generous grant of $10,000 to help with the project. And, when citing our application, their newsletter included some flattering commentary about the MHS and the community spirit of Montgomery in general. Thanks PTV!
Repairs to the entrance way, damaged by an auto accident in 2019, were completed. The decking is better than ever and includes improved ramp access. The railing is also new (hauling off the old one was lots of fun) and includes some decorative touches from local metal artist Steve Hathaway.
Awarding a modest scholarship to graduating seniors is one of the most gratifying things we get to do each year. Our good friend Winston Lewis, who left us in 2019, was generous in her bequests to the town’s civic organizations. Winston loved Montgomery and was passionate about education. Thanks to her thoughtfulness our support for young people heading off to more education is sure to continue.
Montgomery has long attracted artists of all types. Carl Tcherny, who lived here in the 1980s and 90s, excelled in the almost lost art of illuminated manuscript. He donated a piece to the town which has now come into our possession. Look for a display of this and some of Carl’s other work in the near future.
The celebration of our local history is ongoing. Channels 22 and 44 paid a visit in the spring to talk about the town’s 19th century mill economy. State road markers designed to provide historical perspective to most of the covered bridges should be installed later this year.
We are ready for a return to normalcy. Plans are being made to resume the farmers market. Other familiar events will certainly take place as soon as health guidelines allow. Thank you very much for your support. If you are not a member please consider becoming one. It helps in so many ways, including obtaining grants like the one from PTV. Warmer weather and a return to the town life we love are on the horizon. We really look forward to seeing you.
The Montgomery Historical Society is a 501.c.3 tax exempt organization and
receives no revenue from the Town’s tax roles.
Montgomery Historical Society
P.O. Box 47 Montgomery, VT 05470