> Coolidge Dream Author To Speak
Contact: William W. Jenney Regional Historic Site Administrator,
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> PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. - "Plymouth Notch was about as small as a place can
> be: half a dozen houses, a church, a store, two huge barns. And a
> visitors= center....@ Thus opens Chapter 11 of John Derbyshire=s novel
> Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream. Mr. Derbyshire will appear at the
> Visitor Center of the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 11
> a.m. - 1 p.m., August 28, 1999.
> Derbyshire will give a brief talk, "A Novelist Tackles Coolidge", followed
> by a reading and book signing. The event is free and wheelchair
> accessible. "My book is not actually about President Coolidge. He is
> only a prop -- though I have taken pains to make him a realistic one.
> The book is about other things: love and marriage, freedom and despotism,
> cultural assimilation, remembrance, redemption and the power of words,"
> says Derbyshire.
> In 1997 Katherine Powers, critic for the Boston Sunday Globe, praised
> Derbyshire=s book as "one of my absolutely favorite novels." Seeing
> Calvin Coolidge in a Dream is the story of Chai, a Chinese businessman who
> draws "intellectual and spiritual sustenance from a series of thinkers."
> Ms. Powers continues, "As this witty, beautifully written tale begins,
> Chai has just moved on from Dr. [Samuel] Johnson to Calvin Coolidge. What
> follows combines irony and sweetness in equal measure: a perfect tonic for
> the modern soul."
> Born in Northampton, England, Derbyshire traveled widely in East Asia and
> worked as a teacher, journalist and computer programmer before taking up
> writing. Mr. Derbyshire currently lives in Huntington, Long Island.
> Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream is the author=s first novel.
> The site, birthplace and boyhood home of the 30th President of the United
> States, is open daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. through October 17. It has been
> preserved to be much as it was in Coolidge's time. There are ten
> buildings open to the public: the Coolidge Homestead, Birthplace, general
> store, church, cheese factory, 1924 Summer White House office and the
> Visitors Center.
> New this year is the special exhibition, First Pets: The Coolidge White
> House Animals, plus regularly scheduled wagon rides and historic farming
> Atlatl Workshop at Chimney Point State Historic Site
Contact: Audrey Porsche for more information at 802-759-2412
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> ADDISON, Vt. - The atlatl, a pre-historic spear throwing device, has been
> used throughout the world for more than 40,000 years to hunt everything
> from woolly mammoths to ducks. The hunting weapon of choice for natives
> in this area from 6,000 B.C. to A.D. 500, the atlatl is enjoying a modern
> Workshop leader Robert Berg, a champion atlatlist who has successfully
> used the tool to hunt wild boar, will teach participants to make and use
> their own atlatls. The workshop will be 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., September 17,
> 1999 at Chimney Point State Historic Site. A $50.00 registration fee
> includes materials. Pre-registration is required and class size is
> Workshop participants will be able to use their completed atlatls in the
> Fourth Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship, on 10:30 a.m. - 4:30
> p.m. Sept. 18 at Chimney Point.
> Chimney Point State Historic Site is devoted to telling the story of
> Vermont's Native American and French heritage. Native Americans have used
> the area as a seasonal camp for several thousand years. The French
> fortified the region and established settlements during the 1730s-1750s.
> The Chimney Point Museum is housed in an historic tavern building that
> operated as an inn at the turn of the century. Chimney Point is open
> Wednesday - Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. It is located by the Champlain
> Bridge at the junction of Routes 17 and 125. Admission is $2.00 for
> adults; children under 15 are admitted for free. For more information
> about this event or other programs at the site, call 802-759-2412.
> Important Discovery Made At Coolidge Site
For more information, contact John Dumville at 802-828-3046
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> PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt.-- Rare examples of Calvin Coolidge's clothing have
> been discovered at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in
> Plymouth Notch, Vermont. The apparel has been part of the site's
> collection for many years and was in a storage trunk labeled as belonging
> to Col. John Coolidge, the President's father.
> The clothing's true provenance was determined when the trunk was
> thoroughly examined last week by volunteer Curatorial Assistant Gayl
> Braisted, who noticed one of the jackets was too small to have been
> Colonel Coolidge's. An examination of a period photograph revealed that
> the jacket was worn by the future president at his 1890 graduation from
> Black River Academy in Ludlow.
> Even more exciting was the treasure found in one of the pockets, a copy of
> the graduation program, which Cal Coolidge himself may have folded up and
> put away for safekeeping. "We just couldn't believe our luck," says
> Braisted. "And the story doesn't end there. Naturally, we started
> checking the pockets of the other garments, and sure enough, a very
> stylish dinner jacket yielded the type-written text of song delivered by
> the Northampton delegation at the 1925 Inauguration."
> The find consists of several jackets, slacks, and vests dating from
> Coolidge's boyhood through his presidency. Until this discovery there
> were only a few known examples Calvin Coolidge's clothing. A formal dress
> suit, shoes, and a linen hat existed in the Plymouth collection and some
> hats are exhibited at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts.
> Examples of President Coolidge's wardrobe are very rare, as Grace Coolidge
> distributed most of it to charities after the President's death in 1933.
> Before giving clothing away, Mrs. Coolidge carefully removed all
> identifying marks so that Coolidge clothing is now very difficult to
> The clothing has now been officially incorporated into the collection of
> the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Plans are underway to
> display these items in a special exhibit at the site next season.