Your town's treasures are at the Sheldon Museum

MIDDLEBURY-Every town has its treasures and many of them will be showcased when ten of Addison County's historical societies present a collaborative exhibit at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury now through April 17.

The second annual exhibit, Town Treasures: The Local History Show, will present stories and treasures from each of the participating towns. This year the town of Addison will feature Prentiss Cheney, an early doctor. Bristol's display tells the story of Merritt Parmalee Allen, a boys' fiction writer in the 1940s.

Lincoln and Orwell will showcase the veterans from their towns from the post-revolutionary period to the Iraqi conflict.

New Haven tells the story of the Dog Team Tavern complete with a model of the restaurant and Monkton shares tales of the early schools in their town.

Shoreham's Levi Parsons Morton who went on to become Vice President of the United States under Benjamin Harrison adds a little national interest to the exhibit while

Ferrisburgh's flax wheel and articles of clothing offer a glimpse into the daily lives of Vermont's early settlers.

The Henry Sheldon Museum will display documents and photos detailing the history of the Museum. Don't miss this celebration of Addison County's local history.

There will be an Opening Reception for the exhibit on Thursday, March 11, from 4-6 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Eldon Sherwin will speak on Tuesday, March 9 at noon about the history of the Dog Team Tavern. This talk is part of the Sheldon's Brown Bag Lunch History Talks series. The April 13 Brown Bag Lunch Talk will also relate to the exhibit. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Fee: $2.

The Henry Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park Street in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Library. Museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Research Center hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. 1-5 p.m., Thurs. 1-8 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $5 Adults; $3 Youth (6-18); $4.50 Seniors; $12 Family. During the run of the exhibit, the Sheldon will be free on Tuesdays for Addison County residents. For more information call 802/388-2117.

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