Nora, what a great find.  Well worth adding to Greg's compilation.  Suzy in Maidstone

On Sep 22, 2010, Nora Wilson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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Years ago, before I became Town Clerk and before we put the big addition on our building, Harold Makepeace found a box in the damp crawl space under the building with some very old papers folded up inside.  They turned out to be the original charters for the town:  the first, from King George II, dated 1751,  which was forfeited because Indian fighting prevented settlers from meeting its provisions and the second, from George III, dated 1761; and the original right map with a grid layout of roads that might have worked in Kansas but did not take into account the steep ridges that run through town.  Harold had these documents preserved by Brown's River.  I now keep the originals in mylar sleeves in the plat cabinet.  I had copies made and plan to have the copies framed for hanging in the office. 
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Subject: Archives Month

October is Archives Month in which archival and historical records are celebrated for the many roles they play in our lives from documenting rights and property to tracing family histories to providing context to for our public dialogues.  I want to put up short (a paragraph) archival stories on our website during the month.  

My guess is that municipal clerks—you—would be a wonderful source of such stories.  Can you think of a time when one of your permanent records helped your town document an important right or issue (of course, ancient roads come to mind)?  Or a time when a resident was aided by a record? Or even when someone doing research in your office had a “eureka moment” where a record provided an important insight? Or perhaps an unusual find in your holdings?

If so and you are willing to write a few lines describing the event I would love to receive them by the last week in September. Please send them directly to me at [log in to unmask]. Depending on how many I receive I might not be able to use them all but I think it would be a great way to explain through stories the important work you do. Thank you.

Gregory Sanford

Vermont State Archives and Records Administration

(802) 828-2369