Noted Historian to Discuss Russell Collection and Arlington History
On Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m., the Bennington Historical Society presents Bill Budde, curator of the Russell Vermontiana Collection in Arlington, Vt. The collection is used extensively for genealogy and local history research. It is broadly composed of original manuscripts from 1757, family and house histories, original ledgers and journals, maps, an extensive file collection, state and town histories from 1796, maps, and photographs. This program, held in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum, is free and open to the public.
The Russell Vermontiana Collection honors Dr. George Russell, an avid history collector and local Arlington physician. The unique collection eventually outgrew the space in his home and, with the help of townspeople from Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland, was moved to the new wing of the Arlington Library. Budde’s talk will include a brief biography of Dr. Russell’s career, and show some of the more interesting material from the collection. It will also cover how to use the online library catalog to search for books and magazines in the collection, recent indexing progress, and current work to re-catalog the photograph collection so it is more user friendly. Budde, an Arlington resident, has extensive experience in local and New England genealogy research. The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street, Route 9, in Bennington, Vt. For more information, call 802-447-1571 or visit benningtonmuseum.org.