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BENNINGTON MUSEUM TELLS OF EARLY DAYS

by Craig Altschul

Bennington Museum recently opened its latest exhibit, entitled “Founding Documents 1761-1791:Archival Treasures Highlighting The Founding of Vermont’s Earliest Permanent Settlement Bennington”, says The Bennington Banner. What makes this historical exhibit different than most is that it allows “…first-hand, primary sources to tell history,” according to Jamie Franklin, the museum’s curator. The exhibit celebrates the 250th anniversary of Bennington thanks to the museum’s extensive collection and the Bennington Historical society. “The number one reason for settlement,” says Franklin, is “the people who came to Bennington were people who separated from the mainstream church and came to the frontier to establish their own church.” Many of the documents on exhibit have a story behind the story to tell, like why the British came to Bennington – read: needed food – just before the Battle of Bennington. The exhibit runs through May 30, 2011.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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