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Historical societies presenting at History Expo

EAST MIDDLEBURY-Two local historical societies, the East Middlebury Historical Society and the Ripton Historical Society, will present exhibits on their communities' histories at the tenth annual Vermont History Expo, June 26-27.

This popular two-day event is dedicated to showcasing stories and exhibits of Vermont's local historical societies, and it takes place at the historic Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds in Tunbridge.

The East Middlebury Historical Society will display their exhibit "The Toy Piano". In the last half of the 20th century millions of toy pianos were manufactured in Vermont and sold nationwide. If, as a child, you were lucky enough to own a toy piano it probably was made in Vermont. Come view a collection and hear about one town's contribution to the making of this unique Vermont toy.

The Ripton Historical Society showcases "Forest to Farm to Forest, and Then?", old photos and documents of early farming in Ripton, plus mills, Joseph Batell's Breadloaf, the Flood of 1927, school, community house and church, and photos of the new school, school garden, current farming efforts, town buildings and church restoration efforts.

The History Expo takes place Saturday June 26, and Sunday, June 27,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds, Tunbridge, Vermont. Admission $10 for Adults (good for both days), $5 for students (both days), Children five and under free; Weekend Family Pass $20. Half-price admission for those in period dress. Parking is free. No pets.

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