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Remembering A Local Ku Klux Klan Resurgence

Remembering A Local Ku Klux Klan Resurgence

by Dot Helling CENTRAL VERMONT — There is a very dark continuing chapter in American history, the Ku Klux Klan. Many believe the KKK was a phenomenon restricted to the South, organized in 1866 by a group of Confederate veterans to intimidate recently freed Southern blacks. The KKK fought for white supremacy, becoming heretics who […]

The History of Montpelier As Told by Others

The History of Montpelier As Told by Others

by Paul Gillies Everyone likes history. Oh, not the boring stuff, but the good stories. They’re worth reading and repeating. The history of the world is overwhelming, taken as a whole. The history of the United States is interesting, but it too is often beyond our scope. Even the history of Vermont has elusive properties […]

Greene’s Syrup of Tar

Greene’s Syrup of Tar

by Paul Heller He was an Alderman, an Episcopalian and a highly regarded member of the Republican Party. Lester Greene was, by all accounts, a pillar of Montpelier society. He also sold dangerous narcotics in an elixir he called “Syrup of Tar,” manufactured in his patent medicine factory on Berlin Street near downtown Montpelier. In […]

Langdon Meadow and the Growth of Montpelier

Langdon Meadow and the Growth of Montpelier

by Paul Carnahan Langdon Meadow has played an important role in Montpelier’s growth and development. Originally a wealthy landowner’s field, it was once the site of escapist pleasures and later, key to the region’s economic aspirations. Today, it is the site of state offices, businesses, athletic fields and the high school. Langdon Meadow was a […]

Stranded in the ER with a  Mental Health Crisis

Stranded in the ER with a Mental Health Crisis

by Nat Frothingham A Phone Call to The Bridge During the last week of September, I picked up the following message on the office answering machine at The Bridge — a message from a local woman with strong ties to Montpelier. Here, in part, is what she said: “I see that your next issue will […]

A New Look at an Old Tragedy: Local Author and Artist Delia Robinson Releases ‘A Shirtwaist Story’

A New Look at an Old Tragedy: Local Author and Artist Delia Robinson Releases ‘A Shirtwaist Story’

MONTPELIER — The 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in Manhattan is one of the most notorious chapters in American labor history. Prevented from escaping due to locked doors, 146 women garment workers perished, some by jumping out of windows. The workers were immigrants, mostly Jewish but others as well. Two were 14 years […]

Creating a College: The Story of the Vermont College of Fine Arts

Creating a College: The Story of the Vermont College of Fine Arts

by Nat Frothingham Introduction: Here is the remarkable story that details the skein of events beginning in 2001 that led to the formal incorporation of Vermont College of Fine Arts, Inc. in May 2006. Here also is the just-as-remarkable story of the first 10 years of the college from 2006 to the present. Both stories, […]

Remembering David Budbill

Remembering David Budbill

David Budbill moved to Vermont in 1969, settling in Wolcott and building a house there that he lived in for 45 years until his declining health prompted him and his wife, the painter Lois Eby, to move to a condo in Montpelier. Born in 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, David’s colorful life included being a track […]

Legends Never Die

Legends Never Die

by Harper Wimble Ride together, die together. Forever have each other’s backs, no matter what. That was the vow we made. What we had went deeper than best friends. Went deeper than brothers. It’s almost like we were connected by soul. Always on the same page, never mad at each other. We would always tell […]

Mental Illness Stigma: Barrier to Decency

by Matthew Maitland Thomas From social exclusion, to limited care options, to a paucity of funding for care, people living with mental illness face a variety of challenges. Stigma plays a large role in creating these challenges. The Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health explains stigma simply. Indeed, they use the dictionary definition, […]