Category Archives: Historical events

Danville Post Office Dedication Video, April 18, 2015

A video of the Ded­i­ca­tion of the Danville Post Office, nam­ing it after Thad­deus Stevens, is posted on YouTube at the fol­low­ing link: Danville Post Office Ded­i­ca­tion. It was posted by Ross Het­rick, Pres­i­dent of the Thad­deus Stevens Society.

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David Book presentation was riveting

The Soci­ety hosted David Book on Sun­day, April 26. It was well-attended and worth­while. The Ver­mont Human­i­ties Speaker’s Bureau has a good one here; if you ever have a chance to hear his por­trayal of Abel Mor­rill, a farmer in … Con­tinue read­ing

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Program on Sunday, April 26, 1:00 Choate-Sias House in Danville

We are pleased to host David Book’s por­trayal of Abel Mor­rill. With just a rock­ing chair as a prop, he shares how one fam­ily, the Morrill’s, were affected by the Civil War. He writes, “There is noth­ing that I would … Con­tinue read­ing

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Thaddeus Stevens Post Office renaming program

FINAL PROGRAM w BG (1)

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April, 1864–“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Can Never Hurt Me”

The Fort Pil­low Mas­sacre Proves the lie of this child­ish notion By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Danville North Star April 23, 1864 The Fort Pil­low Mas­sacre Wash­ing­ton, April 16 — Yes­ter­day after­noon dis­patches were received from Gen­eral Sher­man regard­ing the … Con­tinue read­ing

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March 1864–The Richmond Boondoggle and Tales of Assassination

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Union Brigadier Gen­eral Hugh Jud­son Kil­patrick had big plans and even big­ger dreams. In des­per­a­tion, Lin­coln approved a raid by the 1st Ver­mont Cal­vary upon Rich­mond that even the Com­man­der of the Army didn’t … Con­tinue read­ing

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February, 1864–The General and His Demons

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety A com­pli­cated fam­ily and men­tal ill­ness pushed and pulled a man who became one of the most accom­plished gen­er­als in the Civil War. The news was slow in Feb­ru­ary ’64: Lincoln’s Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion decree, free­ing … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Largest Refugee Crises Ever Created on the American Continent

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Civil War his­tory often gives short shrift to the fact that the con­flict pre­cip­i­tated the largest refugee cri­sis ever seen on the Amer­i­can con­ti­nent. Before we read Danville’s North Star reports for Jan­u­ary of 1864, … Con­tinue read­ing

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Annual Celebratory Burn at Greenbank’s

Come join Hol­lis Prior and Dave Hous­ton on Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 12 at 1:00, to help cel­e­brate and honor the work that has been done at the his­toric park in Greenbank’s Hol­low. There will be the tra­di­tional bon­fire, burn­ing brush that … Con­tinue read­ing

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Celebrating a Pioneer Journey

By Patty Conly, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety A large and enthu­si­as­tic crowd enjoyed Autumn On (tem­porar­ily off) the Green, held on Sun­day, Octo­ber 6, despite the threat­en­ing gray skies and cool tem­per­a­tures of early Octo­ber. The weather, how­ever, was not a … Con­tinue read­ing

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