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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2022 SAVE THE DATE! SPREAD THE WORD!

The Mount Holly Historical Museum "Festival of Lights" preparations are in full swing. We are excited to have our first Community fundraising event after a two year gap on December 4, 2022. The evening's auction will be led by a local, star auctioneer. The live auction will feature fine donated gifts from local businesses plus the perennial favorite Christmas wreaths made by local Community craftspeople. In addition, this year we would like to extend an invitation to the wider Community. To discuss donations, please contact Steve Michel ((802) 259-2049 or StephenMichel671@gmail.com). An emailed photo of your item would be helpful. The evening promises to be filled with foods and festivities and, most important, a welcome Community gathering after two long years.

Festival of Lights Benefit Auction

 

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Mount Holly Is For The Birds

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The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will be open on each Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 pm through October 13th. Special Hours during Cider Days Festival on Sat. October 12th 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, October 13th from Noon to 4 pm. Winning bids will be announced at 4 pm Sunday. Visit the museum and place your bids on the wonderful items that are part of our fundraising silent auction "Mount Holly is for the Birds" Included are birdhouses painted by local artists, original artwork, hand hooked rug and more. The museum houses Mount Holly History in two historic buildings located in Belmont Village and is home to Vermont’s Terrestrial Fossil…a mammoth tusk found during the building of the railroad in the mid 1800’s.

Saturday, August 31st, 5 pm at The Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont

Museum Annual Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday, September 1st the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will host their annual fund-raising dinner. The menu includes baked ham, delicious sides and an assortment of desserts. The dinner is served all-you-can-eat, family style with seatings starting at 5 pm. $12 person and $6 for children 11 years and under. The dinner will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall in the village of Belmont. Take out dinners are available, as well. Come and enjoy the dinner and beautiful Belmont.

 

Saturday, August 17th at 7pm Perkins House

"Who Really Discovered Vermont?"

Dr. Nathaniel Kitchel will give an overview of the first human settlement of New England and Vermont and how that relates to the Mount Holly region and the mammoth. "During this talk I will give an overview of the first human settlement of New England and Vermont specifically. I will then talk about what we know of the lives of those early peoples and how that knowledge relates to the Mt. Holly region and the mammoth specifically." Dr. Nathaniel Kitchel is an anthropologically trained archaeologists specializing in human responses to environmental and social change through the study of material culture, particularly stone tools. Dr. Kitchel's current research focus is the terminal Pleistocene (Ice Age), and early Holocene inhabitants of the Americas with a specific focus on New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces. His ongoing research employs geochemical techniques to understand the transport patterns of stone tools to better understand how humans create and maintain social connections across space among highly mobile late Pleistocene foraging populations. Dr. Kitchel has also begun exploring social and technological responses to rapid climate warming in the Northeast between 12,000 and 11,000 years ago. Dr. Kitchel's current fieldwork program involves testing and excavation of prehistoric stone tool manufacturing workshops in the Munsungun Lake region of northern Maine. Dr. Kitchel received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Wyoming in 2016 and is currently The Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology at Dartmouth College. Dr. Kitchel grew up on a dairy farm in Danville, Vermont spurring his interest in the archaeology of northern New England.

SATURDAY, August 10th 11am - 2pm

FARMFEST

Sheep shearing and more! Icelandic sheep will be sheared by Jim McRae on the village green in Belmont. Learn about the art of sheep shearing. Other animals, demonstrations and more!

Sheep Shearing

 

Wednesday, July 17th

 

Potluck Dinner, Annual Meeting and Program

Pot Luck Dinner, Annual Meeting starts at 6pm Odd Fellows Hall Program to Follow: State Archaeologist, Jess Robinson, PhD will be our speaker. His presentation is about the Native Occupants as revealed through archaeology, concentrating on the earliest occupants from items discovered in sites in the Mount Holly area.