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    About Swanton Historical Society

    2018 Annual Report of the President & Trustees

                The Swanton Historical Society has just completed its 34th year of serving its members and the Swanton community. This has been another in a series of interesting and challenging times as we continue to prepare for the future while we honor our past. Since 1984 the Historical Society has been offering numerous educational and entertainment programs free and open to the public. We have also participated in other programs presented by other organizations for the benefit of Swanton:

    February 18:   Movie Matinee,  at the Library – “Lincoln”,   the 2012 film directed by Steven Spielberg.

    March 4:        “Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War” Author Carrie Brown, Ph.D  revealed the courage of a generation, 100 years ago, working in the war industries running powerful machinery, learning new skills in an unwelcome male environment.

                 March 18:       “Genealogy, How to Climb your Family Tree” Learn how to trace your genealogy with Christine Eldred.

                 April 15:         “Prohibition & Bootlegging on Lake Champlain” By  Jason Barney

    May 18:          Swanton Railroad Depot Museum opened for summer hours, every Friday & Saturday, 11:00-3:00, with  assistance from Terry Tuck and other volunteers.

    June 6:           Annual Meeting of the “National Railway Historical Society-Champlain Valley Chapter”  Hosted by the Swanton Historical Society at the RR Depot Museum..

                 June 21:         “Music in The Round” – With Popular Entertainer John Gailmor. An outdoor evening at the Depot, complete with a fire pit and s’mores. Sponsored by the Swanton Public Library and the Swanton Historical Society.

                 June 26: 33rd Annual Meeting & Election of Officers.  Officers and trustees were elected by members in attendance; officers for one year terms and trustees for three year terms.  Music was provided by the “Singing Guitar of  Jim Branca” , followed by a history program by Jason Barney and special refreshments, compliments of Maple City Candy.

                July 16-20 & 23-27 : “Summer History Camp for Kids”:  Conceived and facilitated by our own Trustee, Becky Rupp, with assistance from volunteers. This year’s camp was again  supported by a grant from The Vermont Humanities Council.  For ten days,  fifty kids  were introduced to five days of “World History” and five days of “American History” by way of Power Point presentations, discussion and many hands-on projects and activities.

    August 25:      “Arts Spectacular in the Park”  Sponsored by the Swanton Arts Council.   A day long celebration in the Park. complete with crafts, music, food and fireworks, enhanced by the Swanton Historical Society Exhibit on the Green .

                 September 30: “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era, 1948-1960”.  A presentation by author Rick Winston, with emphasis on the role of Bernard O’Shea and the Swanton Courier.   Hosted by the Swanton Historical Society             and Public Library.

                 December 22,26,27,28,29:  “Holiday Trains at the R.R. Depot”     A continuation of our popular Christmas program with Fred Wiseman’s vintage 1915-1955 Lionel model trains and accessories. Certificates were awarded to each youngster who successfully operated the trains. Kid’s crafts and games were provided and supervised by Becky Rupp.

    The following members of the Swanton Historical Society have graciously agreed to serve until the next Annual Meeting in June, 2019. They also serve as ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees.

    President, Ronald F. Kilburn
    Vice-President & Treasurer, Glen Gurwit
    Secretary & Trustee, Jason Barney


    Rebecca Rupp  (3rd Term, ending 2021)
    Linda Kelly (2nd Term, ending 2021)
    Susan Collins (2nd Term, ending 2021)
    Jason Barney (2nd Term, ending 2019)
    Rich Kelley ( 2nd term, ending  2019)
    Bruce Spaulding (1st term, ending 2019)
    Don Lefebvre (1st Term, ending 2020)
    Joseph Barney,  (1st Term, ending 2020)
    Elisabeth Nance (1st Term, ending 2020)

    Curator/Membership Chair:

    Linda Kelly

    Community Resources:   The Swanton Railroad Depot Museum and Toll House Bridge Museum located at 58 South River St. are open to the public from late May-late October, Friday & Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and at other times by appointment by calling the Historical Society at 868-3892.  The Society also maintains a historical research facility and museum in the lower level of the Swanton Public Library.  Our facilities are fully accessible, free and open to the public, including all programs. Visit our website at

    Swanton is a very special place, rich in history, culture and tradition.  We all  have much to share and to learn from each other, students  & seniors alike.  We welcome everyone to join our Society and to help us preserve and appreciate Swanton’s amazing heritage.  I continue to be proud of our Society and its members and I am honored to have served once again as President.