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July 27, 2010

Coolidge Museum Grand Opening Is Old Home Day Highlight

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – Plymouth Old Home Day has long been a favorite summer outing at the home of Vermont’s most famous native son, but this year’s celebration will feature the opening of a new museum and education center.

Governor Jim Douglas and other dignitaries will join descendents of President Calvin Coolidge; members of Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation; and state officials at the dedication of the President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center Saturday, August 7.

“This new building is a tremendous addition to an already remarkable historic site,” said Giovanna Peebles, Vermont’s State Historic Preservation Officer and director of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. “This is already one of the most well-preserved presidential birthplaces in the nation; now it will also have a world-class museum and education center.”

The new facility expands the former visitor center at the Coolidge Site into a 14,000-square foot, year-round facility featuring exhibit galleries; a classroom; auditorium; museum store; restrooms; offices; and a climate-controlled collections room.

The project is a partnership between the state and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, which contributed $600,000 of the total $2.7-million cost.

In addition to the grand opening celebration of the new museum and education center, there will be family-oriented activities all day long, including:

• Old-time children’s games – “Clara’s Games” from the Vermont Historical Society;

• Corn husk doll making with Lynn Tattershall;

• Native American artifact tent from the Chimney Point State Historic Site;

• Cart rides with Zandor the dog;

• Central Vermont Barber Shop Quartet;

• Horse-drawn wagon rides and sheep shearing with Fred DePaul;

• Chicken barbecue and bake sale to benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department;

• Home-style cooking at the Wilder House Restaurant;

• Cheese making at the Plymouth Cheese Factory;

• Vermont artisans – Fiber Arts in Vermont (demonstrating creative fiber arts – weaving, spinning, knitting, etc.), Irene Ames (basket making), Carolyn Guest (silhouettes & fancy paper cutting), Black River Academy Museum (chair caning);

• Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce;

• Fairbanks Scale “weigh in” with Brook Paige;

• Vintage automobiles on display;

• And more!

Plymouth Old Home Day is the perfect opportunity to explore Plymouth Notch, a virtually intact early-20th century Vermont village, the birthplace and childhood home of President Calvin Coolidge, the 30th U.S. President.

It was also here that then-Vice President Coolidge was vacationing when he received word of the untimely death of President Warren Harding.

At approximately 2:47 a.m. on August 3, 1923, by the flickering light of a kerosene lamp, notary public Colonel John Coolidge administered the oath of office to his son.

Twelve buildings are open to the public including the Coolidge Homestead; Coolidge Birthplace; general store; village church; cheese factory – still making cheese using the original 1890 recipe – and 1924 Summer White House office. An outstanding collection of early agricultural equipment is displayed in the Wilder Barns.

The site opens at 9:30 a.m. and the official opening ceremony begins at 12:00 noon.

For further information about Plymouth Old Home Day and the grand opening of the President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center, call (802) 828-3051, or visit www.HistoricVermont.org/Coolidge

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: July 27, 2010 12:36:01