The Big Event: Making History at the Vermont History Expo

Wearing World War I-era tack and uniform, Chris Heidorf, of Gansevoort, N.Y., rides his 16-year-old Morgan stallion Coal Creek Black Oak while talking about the Morgan horse's role in warfare during Vermont History Expo 2016 in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. An Iraq veteran, Heidorf breeds Morgans at his farm and gives living history presentations across the East. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Wearing World War I-era tack and uniform, Chris Heidorf, of Gansevoort, N.Y., rides his 16-year-old Morgan stallion Coal Creek Black Oak while talking about the Morgan horse's role in warfare during Vermont History Expo 2016 in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. An Iraq veteran, Heidorf breeds Morgans at his farm and gives living history presentations across the East. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
In one swift motion, Alyssa Fontaine, of Corinth, Vt., removes and bags maple-flavored cotton candy at the Orange County Maple Producers Association's building during Vermont History Expo 2016 in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. Fontaine and others put together 6,000 bags during the Tunbridge Fair. Founded 100 years ago, the non-profit organization promotes maple research and education and gives college scholarships to area high school seniors. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
In one swift motion, Alyssa Fontaine, of Corinth, Vt., removes and bags maple-flavored cotton candy at the Orange County Maple Producers Association's building during Vermont History Expo 2016 in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. Fontaine and others put together 6,000 bags during the Tunbridge Fair. Founded 100 years ago, the non-profit organization promotes maple research and education and gives college scholarships to area high school seniors. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Elaine Howe, of the Tunbridge Historical Society, answers questions about Vermont History Expo 2016 for Ellie and Carl Potter, of Essex, Vt., as they arrived for their first visit in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Elaine Howe, of the Tunbridge Historical Society, answers questions about Vermont History Expo 2016 for Ellie and Carl Potter, of Essex, Vt., as they arrived for their first visit in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Flag-bearer Nathan Depatie, of Brandon, Vt., leads Rustan Swenson, of Shoreham, Vt., and the rest of the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife and Drum Corps as part of the mid-day parade at the Vermont History Expo 2016 in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. The group has been part of the parade since the Expo started in 2007. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Flag-bearer Nathan Depatie, of Brandon, Vt., leads Rustan Swenson, of Shoreham, Vt., and the rest of the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife and Drum Corps as part of the mid-day parade at the Vermont History Expo 2016 in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. The group has been part of the parade since the Expo started in 2007. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Elaine Howe, of the Tunbridge Historical Society, answers questions about Vermont History Expo 2016 for Ellie and Carl Potter, of Essex, Vt., as they arrived for their first visit in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Donald Nelson, of Albany, Vt., and his granddaughter Nicole Nelson, of Irasburg, Vt., talk during a slow moment at their Vermont History Expo 2016 booth in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. Founded in 1911 by Donald Nelson's grandfather, the company goes to five fairs in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and sells at the Berlin (Vt.) Mall for five weeks annually. Maple-flavored fudge is their biggest seller in Vermont, and peanut-butter flavor sells best in New Hampshire. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.
Flag-bearer Nathan Depatie, of Brandon, Vt., leads Rustan Swenson, of Shoreham, Vt., and the rest of the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife and Drum Corps as part of the mid-day parade at the Vermont History Expo 2016 in Tunbridge, Vt., on June 18, 2016. The group has been part of the parade since the Expo started in 2007. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Not a drop of rain fell that weekend, yet precipitation played a starring role in the Vermont History Expo, held June 18-19 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

Themed “The Power of Water in Vermont History,” the Vermont Historical Society event explored the liquid’s effects on everything from military strategy to recreation.

“Water-powered mills and factories were economic engines for their communities,” the historical society said on its website. Snow and ice have made the state a winter sports capital, and each town can boast of a beloved swimming hole, covered bridge or waterfall.

Exhibitors also looked at the 1927 flood and at Tropical Storm Irene, which “changed lives and communities, both physically and emotionally,” the historical society said.

Throughout the warm, sunny weekend, several water-related exhibits were swamped with visitors. The Montshire Museum of Science offered pond life activities featuring various critters and walks along the First Branch of the White River to teach about stream ecosystems, said Amanda Gustin, the historical society’s public program coordinator.

“Every time I went by them, they were just thronged,” Gustin said. The same was true of the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District’s stream table, which shows how streams behave and how human activity affects them.

Another big draw was the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s fishing exhibit, which “fit in beautifully with the theme,” she said. qqqqq — Aimee Caruso

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