Category Archives: Historical events

This postmark neophyte learned something

By Sharon Lakey, Director of the Danville Vermont Historical Society Okay, I admit it; I am a postmark neophyte. When I received an email lately from Ross Hetrick, the president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, sharing with me that someone … Continue reading

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Thaddeus Stevens special postmark, Monday April 4, 2016

In honor of the birthday of Thaddeus Stevens on April 4, 1792, there will be a special postmark cancellation at the Danville, VT, Thaddeus Stevens Post Office. Stevens, who is known as the Great Commoner, was born in Danville and … Continue reading

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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 … 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, … 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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