Update from the Book Sale Committee
Starting Tuesday, January 5, 2021, we will accept books, CDs and DVDs. Drop off times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 until noon and from 2 until 4 at the Museum building at 734 Hartford Turnpike.
All items left must be in boxes or bags that can be left behind. This is necessary to quarantine the items before sorting. Please leave everything on the carts outside the lower entrance. There is no need to come into the building.
Please call the Museum at 860-875-4326 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Thanks for your donations!
Fund Raising Offer from Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop is helping the Society to start 2021 with a way for shoppers to support our organization. For the month of January, the Vernon Historical Society will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 10 Pitkin Road, Vernon CT.
The Society appreciates the support of Stop & Shop!
VHS Virtual Fall Program “Goes Live”
“History in Plain Sight: Monuments & Memorials in Vernon Connecticut” a special video presentation will serve as our Fall Program for 2020.
The video is available at the Society’s You Tube page. Go to youtube.com. Then search for Vernon Historical Society or use this link. https://youtu.be/3gKPPRwof4g
Click here for a map of the locations featured. in the video.
The video was created with the assistance of VHS volunteers and members of the community. M5Digital Technologies donated their time to assemble the images and voiceover recordings into a finished film.
“History in Plain Sight: Monuments & Memorials in Vernon Connecticut” was designed to highlight places in town with historic significance. Another purpose for the film was to encourage viewers to visit these places, in effect combining education with exercise.
You have your assignment. Watch the film. Then go find the places.
Museum Operations and Visitations
Starting on Thursday January 7, 2021 the Museum will reopen for the Thursday volunteers only. Visitors and researchers are welcome by appointment only. To read the procedures for visiting the Museum, click here
We encourage people to email or call us with any questions. A volunteer will be in touch to determine how we can help with research queries. Our phone number is 860-875-4326 and our email is email@example.com
VHS Awarded Grants for Pandemic Relief
The Vernon Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $2,500 funded by the CARES Act, recently passed by Congress, to provide assistance to businesses, organizations and hardworking citizens impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Society also received a Stewardship Relief Grant of $1000 from State Historic Preservation Office.
Both grants will allow the Society to continue its work, maintain its location and make any adjustments needed to ensure that visitors will be able to visit to see exhibits in the museum section, conduct research work and enjoy learning in a safe and healthy environment.
Cool History Links to Explore
Lost Mill Sites in Tolland County Each day a picture of a mill site appears with a clue to its location. The answer with historical background is revealed on the next day.
Manchester Herald Newspaper database Search digitized copies of the Manchester Herald newspaper which also carried news from Vernon and Rockville.
The Vernon Historical Society is a volunteer operated, non-profit organization. The purpose of the Society is to create interest and activity in the field of local history.
The Museum building serves as a repository for a variety of collected materials that are available to the general public for research.
These collections aid historians, genealogists, and interested citizens in research, and provide source materials for exhibits, publications and programs.
During Museum hours, volunteers are present to answer questions and provide access to collected materials.
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The COVID-19 virus prevents museums and local destinations from welcoming visitors physically. Like other venues, the Vernon Historical Society is sharing online content featuring unusual or fascinating materials from our collection .
Click here for a short video about the recently installed collection of etchings by local artist Gustave Hoffman. The link to the video will appear on the bottom left of the screen.
Visit our Facebook page to see weekly postings in our new series.
From the Archives will start in August 2020
with summer themed items.