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Opening of the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

CONTACT: William W. Jenney                                                                       

                 Regional Historic Site Administrator

802-672-3773; [log in to unmask]
May 15, 2007

COOLIDGE HISTORIC SITE OPENS WITH

NEW EXHIBIT AND VERMONT ARTISTS & ARTISANS

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. -- The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site opens for the 2007 season on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 & 27, with a special new exhibit and craft demonstrations.

     “Climbing the Ladder: Calvin Coolidge & Bay State Politics” will premier at the Visitor Center Museum and remain on view through October 14.   Calvin Coolidge was a successful Massachusetts politician before he became known as “The President from Vermont.” This exhibition examines his steady rise from city councilman to the governorship, and features objects and rare images from the site’s collection and on loan from the Coolidge library and museum in Northampton.

 
     A highlight of Memorial Day weekend in Vermont is the Vermont Craft Council’s “Open Studio.”  As part of this annual statewide event, artisans temporarily relocate their studios to Plymouth Notch.  This year, basket makers Irene Ames and Dona Nazarenko will demonstrate their skills and invite hands-on participation.  Another special feature at the site this weekend will be the nonprofit Killington Arts Guild with a dozen artists, poets, and musicians who will exhibit their work on Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Representing the Guild are: Elizabeth Ashworth (handmade wearables), Linda Durkee (collage, painting), Judith Gould (watercolors, oils), Maurie Harrington (watercolors, prints), Betty Little (poetry), Christine Merriman (Raku tiles), Rae Newell (oils), Genie Rayner (writing, photography), Alice Sciore (watercolors, acrylics), Ann Wallen (watercolors), Patsy Zadar (photography), “A Gathering of Poets” (1:00 p.m.), and “Pot Luck Trio” musicians (3:00 p.m.).                           

    
     The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has planned an exciting season of special events at the Coolidge Site, including the July 4th President Coolidge Birthday Celebration, (selected as a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce), Plymouth Old Home Day (August 4), Plymouth Folk & Blues Concerts (September 1 & 2 – selected as a “Top 10 Fall Event”), and Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival (September 23).  Back by popular demand will be the Grace Coolidge Musicales, a series of recitals for piano and voice.  (The recitals - June 10, July 15, and August 19 - are made possible through the generous support of the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.)  

     A National Historic Landmark, Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country.  Twelve buildings are open including the homes of Coolidge’s family and neighbors, village church, general store, cheese factory (still making cheese using the original 1890 recipe), and dance hall that served as the 1924 Summer White House office.  The site has two museum stores, walking trails, a restaurant (serving breakfast & lunch), and a sheltered picnic area.  A short walk from the village center is the steep hillside cemetery where the President is buried with seven generations of his family. 

     The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open May 26 - October 14, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily.  For further information, contact the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at www.HistoricVermont.org

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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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