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TUESDAY, August 22th, 6:30pm at The Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont

One-Room School House Panel Discussion in Belmont

The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will present a panel discussion by residents who attended one-room school houses in Mount Holly during the 1940s and 50s. The event will be held at the Hall in Belmont on Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. We plan to start with a short presentation about Mount Holly schools, and end with questions from the audience. The Museum Board is pleased to host this free-to-the-public event and plans to offer refreshments.

SATURDAY, August 19th, 2:15pm at Perkins House

Mount Holly The Decade of the 1860s

Dennis Devereux, chair of the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum, will discuss the decade of the 1860s at the Perkins House Museum on Saturday, August 19th at 2 p.m. The program continues the story about the history of Mount Holly with a discussion on a decade each year. This decade included the beginning of the Chase Toy Factory and our nation's Civil War.




The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th at the Hall in Belmont. The evening begins with a potluck meal for members at 6 p.m. followed by a short business meeting. At 7:30 Dennis Devereux will discuss how Mount Holly became a town 225 years ago. The public is invited to the program, and if attending the potluck meal please plan to bring a dish or dessert to share along with your own place setting. For information please call Dennis at 259-2460.



Robert Metzler will be demonstrating a historic "Franklin" platen printing press at the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum, Blacksmith Shop building, in Belmont Saturday, July 15, 2:15 pm. The press is one of the first platen presses manufactured by its inventor, George Phineas Gordon, in New York City, between 1856 and 1872. It was used by local pharmacist, J. Warner Edminster, to print small post cards and advertising material for his business. Metzler started his career in printing at the age of 10 with a toy press. He later studied printing through high school and into college where he received a degree in printing management from Southern Illinois University. He has worked in the printing and publishing industry in Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC and Vermont. He currently teaches letterpress printing in the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College. He also taught graphic arts in the public school systems of Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Bob is owner of the private press, Green Mountain Letterpress, in North Thetford, VT.

Platten Press


Tuesday, July 4th


Parade Poster


Sunday, December 3th

Silent Auction

 Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is a very successful fundraiser for the Museum. We are fortunate to have so many kind and generous donors and supporters of this event. This year's event will be a silent auction that will take place at Perkins House from 4-8pm. Come and place your bids...It is a wonderful and exciting way to begin the Holiday season. Local talented artisans, restaurants and businesses have been participating in this event for many years. The one of a kind beautifully decorated wreaths, which are locally produced, are always in demand, creative gift baskets and donated bid items for the auction are always greatly appreciated. The monies raised help support and maintain the buildings, but more importantly it supports the educational programs to MT Holly Students and other local communities and schools. We sponsor and offer scholarships to students at Black River High School Senior Awards and donate to History Day.

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Mount Holly Community Historical Museum Summer Calendar 2017


Tuesday, July 21st Annual Meeting...Pot Luck Dinner 6p.m at the Odd Fellows Hall

Program Following "All Things Loons - stories about their natural history and conservation" by Eric Hanson, Vermont Loon Conservation Project (VLCP) Coordinator Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Loons are back and doing well in Vermont after nearly disappearing 30 years ago. Join Eric Hanson, VCE biologist and coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project explore this success story as well as all things loons. Loons are some of the most studied birds in North America in part because biologists, and anyone really, can observe them nearly every minute of every daylight hour (and a few biologists have done exactly that). Come hear what biologists have learned over the past 25 years following color-marked loons and how VCE conservation efforts have brought the loons back to Vermont. We'll share stories ranging from rescues of loons in distress to why loons conduct takeovers of each other's territory.