Additional information about the setting for Ray Zirblis's June 9
talk is forwarded below, courtesy of Center member Elizabeth Dow.
Coordinator, Center for Research
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 09:37:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Elizabeth H. Dow" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: (Fwd) Friends of Freedom Program
The First Unitarian Universalist "brick meetinghouse" is the church
at the top of Church Street. Built in 1816 for $27,000, it is the
oldest church building in Burlington. A clock was included in the
tower at the time the building was built, making it, according to
Tom Bassett, the first church clock in Vermont.
Throughout the 19th century, the original, fairly spartan interior
was upgraded to the fashion of the day, reaching high Victorian by
the turn of the century. The original high pulpit and box pews were
removed in the mid-1870s. In the 1930s the interior decoration was
returned to its original austerity and has remained that way since.
Come hear Ray and experience the peacefulness of this wonderful
old New England meetinghouse.
Elizabeth H. Dow, Ph.D. [log in to unmask]
Proud member of both the CRV and the First UU Society
> Friends of Freedom: Vermont's Underground Railroad
> Explore the fact and the folklore of the safe-house slave escape
> movement in Vermont with historian Ray Zirblis.
> DATE: Tuesday, June 9th, 1998
> TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Unitarian Universalist Church, Burlington
> The public is cordially invited to attend this FREE program, sponsored
> by Vermont Council on the Humanities, First Unitarian Universalist
> Church and Fletcher Free Library.
> For more information, call Fred Person at (802) 863-6807.
Center for Research on Vermont
University of Vermont
Nolin House, 589 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401-3439
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