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>June 28, 2006
>Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, 802-759-2412
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>THE STORY OF OLD VERMONT NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE DRAWINGS AT CHIMNEY POINT
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>ADDISON, Vt. - Many Vermonters will remember first learning about Vermont 
>history through the booklets they received as children in school with 
>black and white drawings commissioned by the National Life Insurance 
>Company in Montpelier, Vermont.  A number of these drawings are now on 
>exhibit in the ballroom at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in 
>Addison, Vermont, through October 9, 2006.
>
>The special exhibit, "The Story of Old Vermont: The National Life 
>Insurance Company Drawings," features a selection of these drawings in the 
>1930s and 1940s by artists Roy F. Heinrich, Amos Sewell, and Herbert M. 
>Stoops.  The National Life Insurance Company was the only major life 
>insurance company in the United States in a rural setting, so the Historic 
>Art Series was a perfect way for the company to share Vermont history as 
>well as reach potential clients about the importance of life 
>insurance.  The company used this artwork in many publications and 
>national advertisements, including the Saturday Evening Post, Time, and 
>Life magazines.
>
>Seeing these original drawings is a revelation-done in crisp pencil, pen, 
>and charcoal the images spring to life, vividly depicting the early 
>history of Vermont.  They are especially exciting for the images of 
>heroism by children, women, and men in the face of danger and showing 
>ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  The attention to detail and 
>accuracy is exceptional.  Brian Lindner, National Life Insurance Company 
>historian, says, "National Life has long shared its historic art series 
>for the benefit of many worthy causes.  We are proud that these works so 
>accurately portray life in early Vermont and Colonial America."
>
>Heinrich created 100 original pieces of artwork for National Life, did 
>illustrations for Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Buick, Chrysler and Cadillac, 
>and his artwork was exhibited in many New York City galleries as well as 
>at the 1938 World's Fair.  Sewell's work also appeared in the Saturday 
>Evening Post.  Before Stoops began his National Life work, he illustrated 
>many books including those by Rudyard Kipling (who bought a policy from 
>National Life in 1894!).
>
>The Chimney Point State Historic Site presents the story of three early 
>Vermont cultures, the Native American, French colonial, and American 
>colonial, in a historic tavern built in the 1780s on Lake Champlain in 
>Addison.  The site is open Wednesday through Sundays and Monday holidays, 
>from 9:30 to 5:00, through October 9 and is dramatically located at the 
>foot of the Champlain Bridge in Addison, Vermont, at the junction of VT 
>Routes 17 and 125.  Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children 
>under 15.  For more information, call 802-759-2412.
>
>For more information about the Vermont state-owned historic sites, 
>visit:   www.HistoricVermont.org/sites or call John Dumville at (802) 828-3051.
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>For images, 
>see:  http://www.nationallife.com/public/histarchive/archive_home.asp
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>
>
>John P. Dumville
>Historic Sites Operations Chief
>Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
>National Life Building, Drawer 20
>Montpelier, Vermont  05620-0501
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>Telephone: (802) 828-3051
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>Visit our Web Site to learn more about the State-Owned Historic 
>Sites:  www.HistoricVermont.org
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>The State-Owned Historic Sites: History Where It Happened

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