DHS Luncheon Lecture to Host Steve Butz on Shay’s Settlement
The Dorset Historical Society’s Third Thursday luncheon/lecture series continues on February 16, when Steve Butz will offer a presentation on the 1787 Shays’ Fortified Rebellion. An educator, writer and archeologist, Butz has led groups of students on archeological digs in Sandgate for the past three years, the place long rumored – and now established – as the stronghold of Daniel Shays, a former Continental Army captain who led a widespread farmers’ protest beginning in Massachusetts against harsh government economic policies. He and others escaped to Vermont and went into hiding. Documents had long proved that Shays lived in Sandgate, but where was not clear. Archeological investigations under the Shays’ Settlement Project have uncovered many 18th-century artifacts – and continue to do so. The talk starts at 12 noon and will last about an hour and a half. Attendees should bring a sandwich; beverages and desserts are provided. The free event takes place at DHS’s Bley House Museum on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road in Dorset Village. For details, call 802-867-0331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.