St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration

The St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration is here! Please see below for a full schedule of events. You can find all the latest news and details at www.stalbansraid.com.The Museum will be open for special extended hours: Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Admission is only $6 for adults, $3 for students (ages 5-17), and of course, FREE for members, children under 5, and Blue-Star eligible military families & veterans (with ID, please).

We are once again proud to support Northwest Family Foods, serving our neighbors in need in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Visitors can receive $1 off admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

Be sure and gear up for the weekend – you can purchase souvenirs and commemorative items online or in person at our Gift Shop. Don’t forget, members are entitled to a 10% discount!

Wednesday, Sept 17, 2014
7pm: The Vermont Civil War Songbook presentation with Linda Radtke & Arthur Zorn (Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council)
1-4:pm: Museum open

Thursday, Sept 18, 2014
10am – 4pm: Museum open
7pm: The St. Albans Raid presentation with Howard Coffin (Hosted by the 150th Commemoration Committee, Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society & Museum)

Friday, Sept 19, 2014
Daily: Special 1860s entrees at local restaurants
Daily: St. Albans Raid History Walking Tours (in front of the Museum; additional fee)
10am-4pm: Antique & Quilt Show (City Hall)
10am-4pm: Museum open
2pm: Reenactors’ Camps set-up
7pm: Vermont & The Civil War presentation with Howard Coffin (Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council)

Saturday, Sept 20, 2014
Daily: Special 1860s entrees at local restaurants
Daily: St. Albans Raid History Walking Tours (in front of the Museum; additional fee required)
9am: Reenactors’ Camps open to the public
9-10:30am: Drill, maneuvers, artillery, cavalry
10-11am: Citizen’s Band performs in Taylor Park
10am: Cavalry Drill at Houghton Park
10am-4pm: Museum open
10am-4pm: Antique & Quilt Show (City Hall)
10am-4pm: Character cutouts for photos
10am-2pm: Clara’s Games (children’s activities)
10:30-11am: Cadet Corps Drill (for children)
11-11:30am: Raiders’ Trial re-enactment (at the Courthouse)
11am-noon: 2nd South Carolina String Band performance
Noon-12:30pm: Military camp cooking demonstration
12:30-1:30pm: Citizen’s Band in Taylor Park
2pm: St. Albans Raid re-enactment
2:45pm: Heritage Review (parade within Taylor Park)
3-4pm: 2nd South Carolina String Band performance
3:30 – 4pm: Raiders’ Trial re-enactment (at the Courthouse)
3:30 – 4pm: 1860s Church Service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
4-5pm: St. Albans Chorus in Taylor Park
6pm: Pre-Ball Promenade
8pm: Mayor’s Ball

Sunday, Sept 21, 2014
9am: St. Albans Raid Half-Marathon
Daily: Special 1860s entrees at local restaurants
Daily: St. Albans Raid History Walking Tours (In front of the Museum; additional fee)
9am: Reenactors’ Camps open to the public
9-10:30am: Drill, maneuvers, artillery, cavalry
10am: Cavalry drill at Houghton Park
10am-4pm: Museum open
10am-4pm: Antique & Quilt Show (City Hall)
10am-2pm: Character cutouts for photos
10am-1pm: Clara’s Games (children’s activities)
11am-noon: 2nd South Carolina String Band performance
1pm: St. Albans Raid re-enactment
1:30pm: Heritage Review (parade within Park)
2pm: Closing Ceremony (following Heritage Review)

Museum to Host Two Vermont Humanities Council Presentations

The Vermont Civil War Songbook – September 17, 7:00pm
Dressed in period costume, singer/researcher Linda Radtke shares songs from Vermont during the Civil War period, with engaging commentary and letters from Vermont soldiers. Seldom-heard songs from the Vermont Historical Society include the comic but poignant “Grafted into the Army,” “Yankee Robinson at Bull Run,” “Neath the Pines of Vermont” (in which a soldier returns home to die), a satirical song about Jefferson Davis, and sentimental ballads from Vermont during the period. Linda Radtke is joined by pianist Arthur Zorn in this program for all audiences that brings the Civil War period in Vermont to life through music and letters.

Vermont and the Civil War – September 19, 7:00pm
From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War.

Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum and sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, these events are free, accessible, and open to the public. Part of the St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration.

Archaeology of the Missisquoi Delta

Join us on Friday, September 5 at 6:30pm at the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum to celebrate Vermont Archaeology Month.

Archaeologist Gemma Hudgell from the Northeast Archaeology Research Center (NEARC) will summarize the exciting results of their large-scale archaeological excavations along Route 78 in Swanton. The Missisquoi floodplain setting preserved a remarkable record of human occupation spanning nearly 7,000 years. Admission is free.

For more information: call (802) 828-3981 or email Jeannine.Russell@state.vt.us

What’s New in the Museum Gift Shop?

Now For Sale in the Museum Gift Shop: Limited Edition bonnets and lace snoods crafted by local artists Cindy Leadbeater and Cathy Cummings for the St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration. These handmade period replicas pay tribute to 1864 – so show your support for the fashion of the day or complete your historic kit in time for the Mayor’s Ball. There are many patterns available, and you are sure to find one that suits your style. For more information, contact the Museum or visit our Gift Shop, Tuesday – Friday from 1-4pm or Saturday from 10am-2pm.

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Civil War Ladies Tea

Join us on September 13 from 2-4pm for this special event at the home of Barb and Bill Duval in a historic farmhouse dating to 1795. Tea, punch, pastries and other savories will be served. Period dress is encouraged and a donation of $15 is suggested. Proceeds benefit the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum and are greatly appreciated! Kindly RSVP by phone 802-527-7933 or email museum@stamuseum.org to receive more details and directions. Please include your contact information in case of a location change due to inclement weather. We hope to see you there!

OLLI Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 OLLI St. Albans series has been announced. You can find a listing on the Museum calendar, as well as at the OLLI website.

All lectures are on Wednesdays at 11am and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum (9 Church Street) in the historic Bliss Room (third floor). The site is fully accessible, with parking behind the museum.

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the current semester. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture. Semester membership fees are $40 per individual, or $70 per couple.

Send membership dues to:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – St. Albans
John A. Newton, Treasurer
29 Country Club Estates
Swanton, VT 05488-3008

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont (UVM).
Become a member today!

Membership in your local OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles you to attend programs at any of the other 7 OLLI sites throughout Vermont, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI programs on the UVM campus. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

LCMM Comes to St. Albans

The St. Albans Historical Society & Museum is pleased to welcome Art Cohn of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for a lecture this Wednesday:

1814: The Battle For Lake Champlain and its Archaeological Legacy
with Art Cohn
Wednesday, July 16 – 7pm

American plans for the War of 1812 included gaining control of Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes from the British. To that end, Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough was charged with the organization of the US naval fleet on Lake Champlain. On September 11, 1814, the British and Americans met at Cumberland Bay, in what would become known as the Battle of Plattsburgh. Macdonough’s victory was a significant moment in the War of 1812, just prior to the Treaty of Ghent. The consequences of that engagement – and the artifacts and objects it left behind – would have a lasting legacy on the field of nautical archeology and maritime history as well.

About the Presenter: Art Cohn, co-founder of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, is a professional diver and has coordinated and participated in Lake Champlain’s archaeological projects for the past twenty years. Cohn has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. In 2000 and 2001 Cohn was a Member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization’s convention for the protection of underwater cultural heritage. Since its inception in 1985, Cohn has been the chief advocate for the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve.

LCMM’s replica canal boat, the Lois McClure, will also be in St. Albans Bay from 9am-5pm. Click below to download the flyer for details.

Lois_2014 Tour Poster St Albans

Both events are open to the public and free of charge.

Casting Call

There’s still room for six lucky actors to join the historic re-enactments of the St. Albans Raid. Auditions for the parts (five male and one female) will take place Tuesday, July 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Twiggs Gastropub at 24 Main St. in downtown St. Albans. Those answering the call are asked to present a one minute monologue. As many as 5,000 people may witness each of the Sept. 20 and 21 re-enactments. Vermont Public Television will record the performances, which will be simulcast on a large TV screen in Taylor Park. Contact Rich Rodriguez (script writer, director, and narrator) at 802-585-0560 for more information. Visit stalbansraid.com to learn more about this free, nonprofit, community event! (via the 150th Committee)