Regular visiting hours are 9 am to 4 pm.
During this time, volunteers gather for a
variety of constructive activities, and company is always
welcome. Visitors to town outside normal hours should contact
our Curator, Anne Pelkey, or Steve Belcher, for access to the
David Beckley, a Society member in LaPeer, Michigan, recently bought a
documented pair of Colonel Benjamin Cooley's silver shoe
buckles. They were made in 1763 or 1764 by Rutland VT silversmith Samuel
Beach, Benjamin's brother-in-law.
Our current exhibit displaying Benjamin and Ruth Cooley possessions
[click to enlarge]
Because Beckley's late wife was descended from Col. Benjamin and Ruth
(Beach) Cooley, he paid far more than he could afford just to hold onto
them while he figured out how to get back some of his money. We now own
several pieces of Benjamin's Revolutionary War weaponry, a tin lantern,
ink wells, and his wife's silver teaspoons and serving fork and spoon.
Beckley wants to add the shoe buckles to our collections.
We urge our members and Cooley descendants to help David recoup his
expenses ($1,500 +/-) by the time he heads back to Michigan. Please
write your tax-free check, payable to Pittsford Historical Society,
Inc., and mail it to PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763. Please write
"Cooley buckles" on the memo line.
On David's behalf, we thank you, one and all.
Katherine Crockett Marnell, of Pittsford, studied art in Boston and New
York City. She made greeting cards for personal use and was persuaded to
sell them. She started with block-printing and changed to silk-screening.
In 1951, she moved her operations to a barn on Furnace Brook in Pittsford
and continued to create cards until her retirement in 1966.
Card production continued under other management in Pittsford,
Manchester, and Bennington, Vermont. Many Pittsfordites helped to cut
stencils and screen cards.
In January 2015, The Pittsford Historical Society acquired the
accumulated inventory of Crockett Cards. These cards were produced in
Manchester and Bennington, Vermont under the Crockett label. Proceeds from
the sale of the cards go toward support of the Pittsford Historical Society.
Call (802) 483-2040 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Click on picture to enlarge cards
New Title, hot off the press
Smith Davies has published a new book: The Camp
With a Song in its Heart (Northshire Press), that tells the story
(and stories) of the first 37 years of Camp Betsy Cox. The Historical
Society has some copies, and it is also available directly from Jean; The
cost is $15.00. Jean writes with special authority, having founded the camp,
and she writes with special skill, having for years produced a newspaper
column on the local history (collected in Neighborly Notes). She
plans to follow up this effort with a book on Camp Sangamon.
Acquisitions and Museum Notes
Anne Pelkey and her team of
Rebecca, Barb, and Monica continue to work over the accession records and
files. Anne would like to note two recent additions to the PHS collections:
A framed montage of
Pittsford Landmarks by Eric Wegar of Planes Rd
A collection of dresses,
shirts, aprons, hats made by Mary Lou Brod as costumes for a play
performed during Pittsford's commemoration of the bicentennial of
Vermont Statehood in 1991 The collection, on arrival, was washed,
ironed, and allegedly modeled by Barb Willis.
organization since 1960