The Orwell Historical Society Museum was the recipient of the Vermont State Historical Society's Award of Excellence for the "Soldiers in the Attic, Celebrating 200 Years of Orwell's Patriots".
An award presentation to the Orwell society was made at the 57th Annual League of Local Historical Societies meeting and at the Bennington Museum.
The unique display, in time for Veterans Day, has had various incarnationsl it has been showcased at the State Historical Exposition, the Henry Sheldon Museum, the Orwell Village School, as well as at its home residence in the local Orwell museum.
Eight of the uniforms of Orwell soldiers (ranging from the Civil War era to the Global War on Terror) were mounted on a mobile display and included in the 2010 Memorial Day Parade.
The reaction from the parade goers was awesome, as they fully appreciated the message of honoring nearly two centuries of fine local heroes.
The Orwell Historical Society Museum is currently busy at work creating not only the new 2011 spring exhibit, but also exploring updated presentations of the entire museum collection as part of a major in-house face lift and makeover. The museum plans to be open every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, and by appointment.