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Contact: John Dumville, Historic Sites Operations Chief, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
john.dumville@state.vt.us
www.accd.vermont.gov; 802-828-3051
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Vermont State Historic Sites Open for the Season
New Exhibits, Events and Website Engage Visitors in Vermont’s History

Social Media-Friendly Post: Vermont State Historic Sites open for ‘13 season with new exhibits, events & a fresh website. Plan a visit at the new www.historicsites.vermont.gov

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Where can you view baseballs signed by Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, march in Revolutionary War reenactments, touch archaeological finds of days gone by, experience sweeping views from our state’s tallest structure and learn to throw an atlatl? At Vermont’s State Historic Sites, opening on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Six of Vermont’s eight State Historic Sites welcome visitors of all ages beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Sites include Chimney Point in Addison, Mount Independence in Orwell, Hubbardton Battlefield  in Hubbardton, Old Constitution House in Windsor, Justin Morrill House in Strafford and Calvin Coolidge in Plymouth. Bennington Battle Monument is already open for the season.

“These beautifully preserved gems enable thousands of Vermonters and visitors alike to experience history where it happened with interactive exhibits and special events that bring history alive for adults and children each season,” John Dumville, Historic Sites Operations Chief at the Division for Historic Preservation said.

Special Memorial Day festivities at Vermont State Historic Sites include:

May 25:  Opening Day at Calvin Coolidge
The New Exhibit: “Rooting for the Home Team: Grace Coolidge and Our National Pastime” features baseball memorabilia of the Roaring Twenties. The display includes 14K gold American League season passes, autographed baseballs signed by legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, uniforms, bats, gloves and more!  Plus, visitors to the site will also experience the excitement of the Killington Stage Race as hundreds of cyclists speed through the historic village.  Open 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.   

May 25 & 26:  History Happens at Old Constitution House! 

History comes alive at Old Constitution House with a program organized by 18th century reenactor Carl Malikowski.  Carl and his wife Carolyn discuss early American life and demonstrate a variety of period activities including brewing, cooking, woodworking, and powder horn carving. Open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

About: The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation keeps hundreds of years of history alive and vital, engaging people of all walks in Vermont’s past through collecting, preserving and discovering a shared priority and value for the human spirit that preceded us. The Division’s programs support the continued use of our historical assets, and the integration of our history into our future planning and growth, job creation and communities’ culture. Through grants, review and compliance, and the operation of a statewide system of State-owned historic sites, the Division fosters protection, research, education and interpretation of Vermont’s historic resources.

To learn more about Vermont’s history and historic sites, current exhibits, season-long special events and children’s activities, please visit Vermont State Historic Sites’ new website: www.historicsites.vermont.gov.

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