'Artisans of Dummerston' exhibit opens Sunday, April 21

DUMMERSTON-The Dummerston Historical Society announces a new arrangement of exhibits for its openings the first and third Sunday afternoons, April 21 - June 2, 1 to 3 p.m. The site is the Society's schoolhouse located in Dummerston Center next to the Town Office.

The Society's recent Dummerston Artisans Exhibit was so popular that contributors have been invited to submit new material for a second display. Similar exhibits were mounted years ago, and organizers say they "are pleased to find once again that Dummerston is richly endowed with creative talent."

Rodrica Tilley is the first exhibitor, showing pastel landscape paintings from the opening reception, 1–2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, through June 2.

Following the reception, at 2 p.m. the quarterly meeting will commencee, featuring a program by veterinarian Dr. Clyde Johnson.

Johnson will share his experiences in his long medical career in Dummerston and, in anticipation of the event, Society members have put up a collection of animal photos from their archives.

Among many other scenes are images of horses drawing hay wagons, a six-team coach, a pig milking a cow, calves attended by two smiling boys, a horse with its proud owner, and a big bull led by a staff stretched in from the side of the photo to the ring in his nose. That is how he could be controlled.

Kept on for now are artifacts from the Dr. Grace Burnett collection, including a number of photographs; a genealogy; a memorial tribute by her longtime office manager, Elsie Tier; and her medical library of some 40 volumes. Dr. Burnett (1886–1963) was the first woman physician in Brattleboro and third in the state. Her nearly 50-year career began when horseback was the best way to reach remote rural households. Among her varied medical services was the delivery of thousands of babies.

For more information, contact Muriel Taylor at 802-380-7525 or Gail Sorenson at [email protected]. Other viewing times are available by special appointment. Admission is free, and the building is handicapped accessible.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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