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Historic New England will partner with two Vermont granges, Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham, to create a thirty-minute film celebrating the role of granges in Vermont’s agricultural heritage and their continuing relevance. The film will include oral histories from grange members, combined with archival images and footage of present-day grange events. The completed film will screen for the public in grange communities around the state and air on local cable access stations.
The National Grange celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, making now an ideal time to draw attention to its role as an organization that has offered political, economic, and social support to rural communities since 1867. Historic New England and our Vermont grange partners hope the film will create opportunities for new connections and other collaborations between granges, communities, and statewide agricultural organizations.
Through our Everyone’s History series, Historic New England has partnered with more than one hundred communities and organizations to collect stories of life in New England. These partnerships have resulted in exhibitions, films, walking tours, publications, and programs celebrating and sharing stories of life in New England from the twentieth century and beyond.