Pawlett Historical Society to Commemorate New Home

Pawlett Historical Society to Commemorate New Home

Pawlett Historical Society to Commemorate New Home

From left, members Bob Morlino, Jerry Mason, Judy Coolidge, Barry Meinerth and Steve Williams are shown at the Pawlett Historical Society’s new home.

From left, members Bob Morlino, Jerry Mason, Judy Coolidge, Barry Meinerth and Steve Williams are shown at the Pawlett Historical Society’s new home.

The public is invited to join the Pawlett Historical Society (PHS) on Sunday, July 31, as they celebrate the Grand Opening of their new facility at the newly-renovated Chriss Monroe Chapel, located in the Pawlet Cemetery on Cemetery Hill Road, just off Route 30 in Pawlet Village, adjacent to the Post Office). The festivities begin at 3 p.m., with Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, State Representative for Pawlet, in attendance. The event will be free and refreshments will be provided. In conjunction with the opening, there will be an exhibition on the history of past Pawlet businesses, curated by George Bouret with the support of Martha Schoenemann, Sarah Rath and Rose Smith.

The chapel, long unused by Pawlet Cemetery Association, was modified to provide PHS with program and exhibition space, as well as a room for archive processing and storage, now named the Susanne Rappaport Memorial Archive Room. An ADA compliant restroom was also added. The renovations took place with the support of a cultural facilities grant from the Vermont Arts Council, thanks to the efforts of PHS member Bob Morlino.

Visitors to the opening are asked to park outside the cemetery fence and to walk the 50 yards to the chapel. Attendees may be dropped off at the door, but parking is limited to outside the fence. For information, call Steve Williams, at 802-645-9529.

The Pawlett Historical Society is currently seeking members. Tax-deductible donations of $10 a person, $15 per family, $25 contributing or $50 sustaining can be sent to Dorothy Carey, PO Box 72, West Pawlet, VT 05775.

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