July 27, 2010
PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. â€“ Plymouth Old Home Day has long been a favorite summer outing at the home of Vermontâ€™s most famous native son, but this yearâ€™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.
â€œThis new building is a tremendous addition to an already remarkable historic site,â€ said Giovanna Peebles, Vermontâ€™s State Historic Preservation Officer and director of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. â€œThis 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.â€
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:
â€¢ Old-time childrenâ€™s games â€“ â€œClaraâ€™s Gamesâ€ from the Vermont Historical Society;
â€¢ Corn husk doll making with Lynn Tattershall;
â€¢ Native American artifact tent from the Chimney Point State Historic Site;
â€¢ Cart rides with Zandor the dog;
â€¢ Central Vermont Barber Shop Quartet;
â€¢ Horse-drawn wagon rides and sheep shearing with Fred DePaul;
â€¢ Chicken barbecue and bake sale to benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department;
â€¢ Home-style cooking at the Wilder House Restaurant;
â€¢ Cheese making at the Plymouth Cheese Factory;
â€¢ Vermont artisans â€“ Fiber Arts in Vermont (demonstrating creative fiber arts â€“ weaving, spinning, knitting, etc.), Irene Ames (basket making), Carolyn Guest (silhouettes & fancy paper cutting), Black River Academy Museum (chair caning);
â€¢ Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce;
â€¢ Fairbanks Scale â€œweigh inâ€ with Brook Paige;
â€¢ Vintage automobiles on display;
â€¢ 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 â€“ still making cheese using the original 1890 recipe â€“ 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