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Monday, June 17, 2013

A Grand Opening Success!!!

The Bennington Historical Society had the Grand Opening of their Museum on Saturday, June 16 on Bennington Daze.  About 125 people attended and viewed our displays.  The Museum is located on the NW corner of Stark and Main Street in the original, old, 1888-built hardware store operated by Augustus Witte.  Bob and Jan McKelvie now own the building and have graciously donated the use of the old drugstore portion of the building to the Society.

Bennington Historical Society Museum Grand Opening.  6,16,2013
The museum features displays on the local history, such as the Presidential land grants giving 160 acres of land to veterans who volunteered to serve in the War of 1812.  Items were also displayed from old Bennington business, old farm tools, school and church items and a little bit of everything to make it interesting.  

Linda Klabunde (right)

Special thanks goes to Linda Klabunde who was the project leader and to Society members and friends who helped organize and loaned items for display.  

As always, the Society is looking for old photographs and community related items.  If you have any, please consider sharing with us.  If anyone, has old photographs they would give or loan for us to scan it would be much appreciated.  We are looking for anything, pre-2000.  
We are also looking for ANY PICTURES of the old Harvest Festival, The Dutch Hall, and any Business photos.  

Once again, the Society had an entry in the Bennington Daze Parade; a 1918 Ford Model T pickup.  Tally-Ho!!

Come join us at the next meeting, the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at the Library Community Room, east door. 

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